For the fifth consecutive year, Monsanto is sponsoring the company’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program, which aims at improving wheat and rice research. Funds are available for scholars pursuing a doctorate in wheat or rice plant breeding.
The program, administered by Texas Agri-Life Research at Texas A&M University for Monsanto, recognizes the importance of rice and wheat as key staple crops in addressing global hunger. It honors the accomplishments of Henry Beachell, Ph.D., and Norman Borlaug, Ph.D., who pioneered plant breeding in rice and wheat, respectively. The program provides funding support to develop the next generation of scientific leaders.
Since its inception in 2009, the program has funded 52 scholars from 21 countries. Successful applicants focus their research on a critical constraint affecting rice or wheat production. Students can complete their Ph.D. program at any university that grants a Ph.D. in rice or wheat breeding.
Students interested in applying can find more details at the Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program web page on Monsanto. com. The deadline for applicatyions is Feb. 1, 2013.