The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship
IDRC offers this Fellowship (a bequest from Helen S. Bentley and C. Fred Bentley) every two years in October
to a Canadian, permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country. You must be a graduate student with a university degree in agriculture, forestry, or biology, and wish to undertake applied, on-farm research with cooperating farmers in one or more developing countries. Learn more about the bequest
This award provides funding for field research aimed at increasing the yield of food crops, improving farmers’ livelihoods, and improving soil fertility. In particular, the research should evaluate and/or promote the use of fertility enhancing plants — such as leguminous forages, shrubs, cover crops, and grain legumes — on small farms.
Countries subject to approval
In principle, IDRC supports research in all developing countries. At this time, however, we do not
support awards that involve research in Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Somalia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.
IDRC must approve field research proposed in the following countries or territories prior to issuing the award:
Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Eritrea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Small Island States [including Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, Seychelles, Timor-Leste and Oceania (Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna)], South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.
Who can apply
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or a citizen of a developing country
- Be enrolled full-time at a recognized university at the master's, doctoral, or post-doctoral level in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period
- Submit a research proposal focusing on very simple cropping-systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers.
If you are selected for an award, you have up to 12 months to start your field research from the date of the final selection.
This award is offered every two years. For more information and to apply, visit the Competitions page.
Christopher Ngosong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea, Cameroon
Improving Crop Productivity in Smallholder Legume Intercropping Systems via Bio-organic Soil Amendments (Cameroon)