Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Students

Deadline: 10 January 2015
Open to: internationals who have doctoral degree in field related to agriculture
Fellowship: GBR £34,000 plus bonuses


IMMANA, a new five-year research partnership supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aims to accelerate the development of a robust and coherent scientific evidence base which will support effective policy and investments in agriculture-food systems for improved nutrition.

The 12-month IMMANA Fellowships aim to create a cadre of emerging leaders in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health research. These early career researchers will develop and adapt innovative methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in LMICs. Four annual rounds of six Fellowships each year will be delivered, with selection criteria based on the qualifications of the candidate, excellence of the project idea, commitment of two mentors and prospects for building careers and collaboration.


Eligible candidates will have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil, DPH, MD, DVM or similar terminal degree) in any field related to agriculture, nutrition or health research and practice, and are seeking a career in research, education, and engagement at the intersection of two or more of these fields. Eligible candidates should have no more than 3 years of post-PhD experience prior to their proposed Fellowship start date.


Six Fellowships will be awarded through a competitive selection process. Each Fellowship will be provided for a 12 -month period and cannot be renewed. Each fellowship must also involve two mentors. During that period, Fellows will receive the following financial support:

  • A fixed stipend of £34,000 (approximately $55,000) paid in quarterly instalments against satisfactory completion of programme milestones;
  • A research allowance of £7,500 to cover travel and other fieldwork expenses, also paid as lump sums for achievement of program milestones;
  • An honorarium of £1,750 to each of the mentors paid in two instalments at mid-term and end of the year, on submission of a satisfactory mentorship report.


To apply for this programme, please submit the following information in the text of an email on or before 10 January , 2015 to with the words “IMMANA Fellowship concept memo” in the subject line. Applicants should also attach a CV or resume, in Word or PDF format.

In the text of the email, list:

  • Applicant’s full name, sex and nationality, with personal postal address, email and phone contact details;
  • Applicant’s current employment or affiliation, with institutional address, email and phone contact details;
  • Applicant’s educational history, listing all degrees earned by year and field, with titles of theses (if any);
  • Proposed home mentor’s name and affiliation, with institutional address, email and phone contact details;
  • Proposed host mentor’s name and affiliation, with institutional address, email and phone contact details;
  • Proposed project abstract (max. 500 words), describing how you will work with the home and host mentors to develop and apply innovative metrics and methods for agriculture and nutrition actions. This abstract need not be detailed, and could be substantially revised in a later full proposal.

Applications are submitted in a two-stage process, starting with a concept memo to confirm eligibility, followed by a full proposal detailing the project to be undertaken. Concept memos should be submitted as soon as possible to determine eligibility. Invitations to submit full proposals will be sent by return email thereafter.

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