Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme in UK, 2019

Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme in UK, and the next call will open in February 2018 and run until October 2018. Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme is available for mid-career postdoctoralscientists with a minimum of 2 years experience from developing countries. Candidates without higher degrees but with equivalent research experience will also be considered. Fellowships must be between six to twelve months in duration. The proposed research should be in a field of direct relevance to development issues of the Fellow’s home country. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | UK

Level: Fellowship is awarded to mid-career postdoctoral scientists for undertaking research.

Field(s): Fellowship proposals must be in agricultural, environmental, mathematical or computational sciences, and must be aligned with Rothamsted’s Research Strategy.

Deadline: the next call will open in February 2018 and run until October 2018.

Funded By: Rothamsted Research Limited, UK

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Rothamsted International Fellowship is targeted for applicants from developing countries (Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Albania, Anguilla, Angola, Ghana, Algeria, Antigua, Barbuda, Bangladesh, Kenya, Armenia, Argentina, Benin, Korea, Dem. Rep., Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bhutan, Kyrgyz Rep., Bolivia, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belize, Burundi, Pakistan, Cameroon, Botswana, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Cape Verde, Brazil, Central African Rep., Tajikistan, China, Chile, Chad, Uzbekistan, Colombia, Cook Islands, Comoros, Vietnam, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Congo Dem. Rep., Zimbabwe, Dominican Republic, Croatia, Djibouti, Ecuador, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Dominica, Eritrea, El Salvador, Fiji, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea, Guatemala, Jamaica, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Honduras, Lebanon, Kiribati, India, Libya, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lesotho, Iran, Mauritius, Liberia, Iraq, Mayotte, Madagascar, Jordan, Mexico, Malawi, 

Kosovo, Montenegro, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Montserrat, Mali, Micronesia, Federated States Nauru, Mauritania, Moldova, Oman, Mozambique, Mongolia, Palau, Myanmar, Morocco, Panama, Nepal, Namibia, Serbia, Niger, Nicaragua, Seychelles, Rwanda, Niue, South Africa, Samoa, Palestinian Administered Areas, St. Helena São Tomé and Príncipe, Paraguay, St. Kitts-Nevis Senegal, Peru, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, Philippines, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Somalia, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Tanzania, Thailand, Uruguay, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Venezuela, Togo, Tonga, Tuvalu, Tunisia, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Ukraine, Yemen, Wallis and Futuna and Zambia) can apply for this fellowship.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: Fellowships must be between six to twelve months in duration. Cases can be made for split awards where returning to the home institution is integral to the research; the scientific value will be assessed against the additional travel costs.

Scholarship covers: The fellowship provides funding for:

  • an accommodation and subsistence allowance;
  • one return journey between the home country and Rothamsted;
  • a contribution towards institute/ project research costs.


‣ Rothamsted International (RI) is a charity supporting sustainable agriculture in developing countries. It was launched in 1993 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of Rothamsted.

‣ One of the main activities of RI is the Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) and, to date, around 140 scientists from more than 30 different countries have been supported by the programme.


The Candidate must meet the following criteria to apply for Rothamsted International Fellowship ?

‣ be of doctoral status, with at least two years post-doctoral experience. Candidates without Higher Degrees must have equivalent research experience to be considered eligible for the scheme. Applications will not be considered where the main objective of the visit is research leading to a higher degree for the Candidate.

‣ The Candidate must be a citizen of a developing country, or have been based exclusively within a developing country. Please note that developing countries are defined as the countries listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients

‣ It is essential that the Candidate returns to employment in their home country where the work conducted in the fellowship can be applied. Candidates who have extensive and/or continuous employment in a developed country are not likely to be awarded an RI Fellowship. If the Candidate has previously travelled overseas to carry out research, there must be evidence that the skills gained have been applied in their home country.

‣ The Candidate should know their Rothamsted Project Leader (either directly or indirectly), or have been highly recommended.

‣ Projects must have the support of the Head of Department and Head of ISPG at Rothamsted Research.

Selection Criteria for Rothamsted International Fellowship

  • Eligibility and quality of the Candidate.
  • Scientific merit of the proposal.
  • Clarity of aims and feasibility experimental design.
  • Relevance to Rothamsted’s Research Strategy.
  • Scope for future collaborations between the Candidate and the Rothamsted Project Leader. 
  • Social and economic impacts on the Candidate’s home country.


‣ Proposals are reviewed by the Rothamsted International Fellowship Panel (RIFP), which meets annually to evaluate applications. Decisions are communicated to candidates within one month of the Fellowship Panel meetings.

Scholarship Application Method

  1. Fellowship proposals must be in agricultural, biological, environmental, mathematical or computational sciences, and must be aligned with Rothamsted’s Research Strategy. The proposed research should also have direct relevance to development issues in the Fellow's home country.
  2. Candidates must then identify which Project Leader at Rothamsted to approach to develop this idea further. Candidates may identify the Project Leader, either through their own direct contact with that person, recommendations via colleagues, scientific literature searches or through the relevant department at Rothamsted (see this webpage for details of the departments).
  3. Once a Project Leader at Rothamsted has been identified, the candidate should complete the application form together with the Rothamsted Project Leader. The application form and further guidance notes should be obtained from the Project Leader at Rothamsted – application forms cannot be downloaded from this website.
  4. Applications must be submitted by the Project Leader at Rothamsted by 12:00 UK time (GMT) on Monday 16 October 2017.
  5. This is a competitive scheme and proposals are reviewed by an expert Panel. The Panel's decision is then communicated to the candidate and Project Leader. This typically occurs within two months of the application deadline.

‣ Scholarship Applications due Date: the next call will open in February 2018 and run until October 2018.

the next call will open in February 2018 and run until October 2018.

For further information, please email:

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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