Food Security Centre awards up to four visiting Sandwich scholarships to PhD students from developing countries for a period of six months in 2012. The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. The successful candidates will receive a scholarship for conducting PhD thesis related research studies and hence adding value to the PhD thesis and contributing to the mission of FSC.
Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.
Worth of Awards
The scholarship is awarded for a stay at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. The monthly grant is 1,000 Euros. In addition, FSC pays for traveling to/from Hohenheim. Health insurance and other costs must be paid for from the stipend.
Required skills
The applicant must provide proof of:

  • outstanding study performance in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues with a minimum MSc grade of 2.5;
  • working on doctoral studies at her/his home institute by the time of application and by the time the scholarship program commences;
  • latest academic degree completed no more than 6 years prior to start of scholarship
  • track record of knowledge in the proposed field of study;
  • plan to return to his/her home country / country of residence and institute;
  • excellent proficiency in oral and written English.

Furthermore, the applicant must:

  • be able to conduct innovative research;
  • have excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit;
  • be able and willing to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment with individuals from different scientific, societal and cultural backgrounds and with organizations from the public, private and civil society sector;
  • be available for the entire period of the research stay of 6 months in 2012;
  • be a national of a developing country according to OECD DAC list.

Selection Criteria
All accepted applications will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • fulfillment of announcement criteria (cf. “required skills” and FSC’s thematic areas);
  • quality of proposal and project feasibility;
  • fulfillment of demands (e.g. of hosting institutes or emerging from collaborations with (development) organizations).

How to Apply
Application is only possible by completing FSC’s application form, which can be down-loaded from the FSC website. Besides the application form, the documents indicated in the application form are required for the application.
Deadline: September 30, 2011.
For more information, and to apply, visit the FSC website by clicking here.