As part of our commitment to sustainable agriculture, Monsanto pledged US$10 million to provide fellowship opportunities to highly motivated individuals seeking their PhD in rice or wheat plant breeding. Through these fellowships, the scholars gain the leadership skills, education and tools to positively impact rice and wheat farmers around the world and improve the future of agriculture.
The program is designed to provide some unique learning experiences for the scholars, including:
• Scholar-developed applied research programs that include experiential learning in both developed and developing countries;
• Participation in the World Food Prize and Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, IA;
• Opportunities to interact with leaders in government, research, academia and industry.
After three years, Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBI S) has provided 38 scholars from 19 different countries the opportunity to pursue their PhD at leading universities and to collaborate with research institutions around the world.
All applications for fellowships are reviewed by an independent panel of internationally recognized judges.
Visit www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars to learn more about the program.
“I would recommend this program to any aspiring individual. Here is one genuine and lifetime opportunity to join and be a part of a distinguished group of world citizens that have vowed to alleviate world hunger. To me, MBBIS gives life to our dreams!”
—Godwin Macharia, 2009 Scholar from Kenya
This article is excerpted from Monsanto’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report. To see the full report, please visit Monsanto.com.
Related: This week, the World Food Prize program and award ceremony is being held in Des Moines. We will have another post on the Beachell-Borlaug program on Wednesday.