Since 2009, Monsanto has sponsored the Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program to develop highly educated rice and wheat plant breeders who can serve as agricultural leaders. The program is named in honor of Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug, two of the world’s pre-eminent rice and wheat breeders.
The program, administered by Texas AgriLife Research at the Texas A&M University System, provides a full package of support, including a generous student stipend, tuition, applicable fees, health insurance, research fees and travel, as well as funds for the collaborating institution and advising professor. It also supports projects that allow the student to develop advanced breeding techniques and gain experience conducting at least one season of field work in a developing country.
The program is open to students worldwide who are seeking a Ph.D. in rice or wheat plant breeding. More information is available at Monsanto’s web site.
Applications are now being accepted until Feb. 1, 2012.
Photographs: Top left, Dr. Henry Beachell. Bottom right, Dr. Norman Borlaug.