February 4, 2020, by Lisa Chin

Awareness session: Future Food Beacon in International Agricultural Development

This post is written by Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Manager.

On Thursday 16 January 2020, we organised an awareness session to support the call for the Nottingham-Rothamsted Future Food Beacon Studentship in International Agricultural Development. This scheme is jointly funded through the University of Nottingham and the Lawes Agricultural Trust.

The scheme is open to all academics at the University. It provides an opportunity for doctoral supervisors to design a PhD project in collaboration with fellow colleagues from Rothamsted Research around challenges in international agriculture. Rothamsted Research is the world’s oldest agricultural research institute, with a remit of Research & Development on crop and livestock systems.

The objectives of the mentioned session were:

  1. To recognise the do’s and don’ts when writing the application, based on advice shared by previous recipients

  2. To support inquiries about the mentioned scheme and completing potential applicants’ application

  3. To receive constructive advice on how to improve applicants’ application

Dr Lawal Billa (left) shared some key information based on his personal experience and insight of which he hopes is useful to the prospective applicants in coming up with competitive applications.

The session was jointly conducted by Dr Yin Sze Lim and Dr Lawal Billa. During the hour long session, both of them provided valuable information pertaining to the contact persons at the UK campuses, selection criteria, past experiences of applying to such schemes as well as key features of the application that reviewers are looking for. The session covered two schemes, namely the Studentship and Fellowship. Though, it was later revealed that the Fellowship scheme has been stopped for 2020.

Drs Lim and Lawal strongly encouraged academics in attendance to seize this great opportunity and submit an application before the deadline Friday 22 February 2020 16:00 hrs (UK time).

For more details about the scheme, please visit: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/beacons-of-excellence/future-food/opportunities/studentships-fellowships/index.aspx

On behalf of the Graduate School, I would like to sincerely thank Drs Lim and Billa for their contribution to the mentioned session. Their shared experiences and insights of the scheme will prove helpful to future applicants as they prepare their applications for the upcoming call.

I wish all potential applicants all the very best with their submission!

Featured image: Dr Yin Sze Lim (left) encouraged applications from a diverse range of academic fields and international contexts.

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