Research Fellow Partnership Programme

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Research Fellow Partnership Programme: The overall objective of the Research Fellow Partnership Programme for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources (RFPP) is to enhance the human resource base for research in the fields of agriculture, forestry and natural resource management in international development.

RFPP aims at generating development relevant knowledge, training young scientists and establishing research partnerships.

These objectives shall be achieved by supporting doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships as well as by promoting internships.

RFPP projects shall be embedded in research partnerships between a CGIAR centre (or equivalent) and a Swiss research institution.

The RFPP is a grant scheme providing doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships.

Doctoral fellowships are funded for three years, post-doctoral fellowships for two years.


The following criteria must be fulfilled to apply for a fellowship:

The Research:

  • Deals with agriculture, forestry or natural resource management for develoment;

  • Is embedded in an international research partnership

  • Is in accordance with the thematic and geographic priorities of SDC;

  • Is professionally supervised and backstopped bythe involved institutions.

    The Fellow:

  • Is a doctoral or a post-doctoral candidate;

  • Is a Swiss resident under the age of 36, or a citizen from a developing country or country in transition up to the age of 40;

  • Has proven experience in the selected research area;

  • Is interested in development cooperation and open to different cultures;

  • The RFPP strives for gender balance, therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

    The Partnership:

  • Involves a Swiss research institution and an international research institution, e.g. a CGIAR centre or a comparable international or regional centre;

  • Is part of an existing or emerging collaborative research programme between the involved institutions;

  • Includes a substantial in-kind or cash commitment of the partners;

  • The project has to be integrated into the activitiesof the involved institutions.
    Deadlines: 31st March and 30th September

    For more grants information and application, see: Research Fellow Partnership Programme Website

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