Agrobiodiversity | Summer School Scholarships at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, 2017

The Sapienza University of Rome, in collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Bioversity International, will be holding a 1-week credited short course on “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”, based on a textbook by the same title.

The course will be taught by experts in the field, including Devra Jarvis, PAR Research Coordinator and Toby Hodgkin, PAR Coordinator, and authors of the book “Crop Genetic Diversity in the Field and on the Farm- Principles and Applications in Research Practice”.

Course Level: This is a 1-week summer course.

Study Subject: The course links research on crop genetic diversity growing in farmers’ fields with conservation of this diversity and its use for sustainable production and for supporting rural livelihoods. It covers principles and practices for gathering and using data that can come from traditional varieties and traditional farming systems through both participatory diagnostic and empirical approaches. These include methods for identifying ways of supporting farmers who grow these varieties. The course is a guide to motivating concepts (for example, that more diversity improves resilience) and research questions in the assessment, management, and use on-farm of crop genetic diversity.


Scholarship Award: Two fellowships for students from developing countries will be available

Scholarship can be taken in Italy

Eligibility:Applicants must meet the following area for the fellowships:

  • The course is intended for participants that ideally have:
  • A Master Degree in a related field, preferably in agriculture, agronomy, plant breeding, plant pathology, population biology, botany, natural resource management, environmental science, rural development or socio-economic sciences.
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Working experience in a rural setting will be an advantage

Nationality: Students from all nationalities are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: The maximum number of accepted participants will be 30.

Test Requirement: N/D

English Language Requirement: The course will be held in English (the textbook will also be available in Chinese and Arabic), so students will be required to have a good understanding of the English language.

How to Apply: To apply and to receive more information regarding application deadline and any other questions you may have, please contact:

Application Deadline: The application deadline is July 31, 2017.

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