Kirkhouse Trust, Scholarship Grant

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The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Overview

The Kirkhouse Trust is a small charity registered in Scotland. It was founded in 2000 by Professor Sir Ed Southern and has been endowed by gift aid donations from Oxford Gene Technology Ltd, a company based in Oxford, UK also founded by Ed Southern. The Kirkhouse Trust does not fund-raise from other sources. The Trust's administrative office is in Long Hanborough, North Oxfordshire, UK. The Kirkhouse Trust is a charity which funds agricultural research projects linked to the training of scientists. All projects supported by the Trust focus on crop improvement research using modern molecular methods, such as marker-assisted selection. The Trust focuses its support on improving locally important legume crops such as cowpea, and common bean.

Details

The Trust aspires to improve the food security and livelihood of the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa and India.

We work with local breeders to develop improved legume crops using conventional breeding, enhanced by modern molecular techniques. Within the breeding programmes, we establish laboratories and train scientists to enable them to use molecular markers in their breeding work. The Trust's ultimate objectives are:

  • to support the production of new varieties of locally important legume crops which mitigate losses from various constraints. For example, resistance to the parasitic weed Striga gesneroides has been successfully introduced into several varieties of cowpea which are being distributed to farmers in Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
  • to strengthen and promote research skills in areas of the world where local support for science is under-funded.

Please note that the Trust only supports candidates for post-graduate study as part of an existing collaborative grain legume crop improvement project that is already being funded by the Trust. All other requests for postgraduate funding will inevitably be rejected.

Such projects usually involve a formal grant agreement between the Trust and the local institution. Most existing scholarship grantees have been invited to apply for a scholarship. This webpage is therefore designed for new (and current) students who have been invited to apply for a Trust scholarship.

How to Apply

  • The applicant should submit the following documentation:
    1. The completed application form, in full. Missing or incomplete information will result in the application being rejected, or the form being returned to the candidate.
    2. Evidence that the post-graduate study is of clear benefit to the applicant's country of origin / residence.
    3. Evidence to suggest that the applicant will return to their country of origin upon completion of their post-graduate study, if applicable (please refer to the "Eligibility Criteria" section below)
    4. A copy of their CV. 
  • Please submit the completed application form with additional documentation by e-mail only to your project administrator or info@kirkhousetrust.org (postal applications are not accepted).

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Eligibility Criteria:
Please read the eligibility criteria below carefully to ensure that you are eligible for a grant before applying:

  • The Trust only supports candidates for post-graduate study as part of an existing collaborative grain legume crop improvement project that is already being funded by the Trust.
  • The Trust only supports applicants looking for post-graduate research funding.
  • The Trust only supports post-graduate study on grain legume crop improvement and where the research proposed is relevant to the research interests of the student's country of origin. The Trust will require confirmation that the programme of study is relevant to the needs of the applicant's country of origin.
  • if any part of the students' study involves travel to a foreign country (perhaps for training), then candidates must be able to demonstrate that they will return to their country of origin upon completion of their post-graduate study. This means that there needs to be an arrangement in place with an institute in the country of origin; it could be that the applicant will be either on secondment / study leave from their place of employment, or has a clear offer of an appointment upon completion of their studies.
  • The Trust will only accept applications if there is sufficient evidence to suggest that a supervisor is willing to accept him / her as their student.

Dates:

Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year


Cost/funding for participants:

Conditions of the Grant:
Upon approval of a scholarship grant from the Trust, the following conditions will apply:

  • Support will normally be for a maximum of three years.
  • If the scholarship enables the candidate to study at an institution based abroad, the Trust will pay:
    • the institution's fees, and
    • reasonable relocation expenses (if necessary) at the beginning and end of the study period (such as flights).
  • If the scholarship holder has the opportunity to travel abroad (perhaps for training), as part of the post-graduate study, the candidate should book only economy class travel with an airline or reputable travel agent. The Trust will pay the costs of travel directly to the airline or travel agent via international bank transfer.
  • A maintenance allowance, including accommodation expenses will be paid to the value recommended by the institution.
  • The Trust requires regular annual reporting on a student's progress by both the supervisor(s) and the student.
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