The Horticulture Innovation Lab is now recruiting graduate students with agricultural expertise to participate in nine new Trellis Fund projects in Africa and Asia.
U.S. graduate students from North Carolina State University, the University of Florida, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are eligible to apply.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 4, 2016.
Selected students will work to support a six-month project, with 100 hours of remote work and also travel for 1-2 weeks of in-country work. Projects will take place during 2017 in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia and Nepal.
Students will be provided air travel; reimbursement for lodging, visas and vaccines; and a $300 fellowship upon completion.
Each project includes a description of key qualifications for students, specified by the organization. This list includes a number of openings for students with different types of knowledge or skills, including:
- Information technology, software development and scripting languages
- Pest management, agricultural pests and/or plant pathology
- Postharvest technology, postharvest handling, and/or food processing
- Specific fruit or vegetable crops, such as tomato, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, or potato
- Water management
- Soil quality and soil science
- Fertilization and plant nutrient management
- Vegetable gardening
- Agricultural extension
- Knowledge of small-scale, organic horticulture in tropical climates
- Knowledge of experimental design
The application process includes a brief statement of interest (up to 300 words) and CV. Students can apply to up to two projects that they are most interested in. Application details and project descriptions are available on the Trellis Fund webpage.
The Horticulture Innovation Lab is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, as part of the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future. The program is led by a team at UC Davis, in partnership with NC State, UH Manoa and UF. The Horticulture Innovation Lab builds international partnerships for fruit and vegetable research that improves livelihoods in developing countries.
Photo at top: As a graduate student at NC State, Rachel Suits (right) worked in Nepal on a Trellis Fund project with Ecological Services Centre. Here she is setting up a field experiment with a Nepalese student.