International Graduate Student Fellowship Program-Nepal (IGSFP-Nepal) for Adapting Livestock Systems


2014-04-05 - 2014-04-05



The Livestock-Climate Change CRSP is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity designed to build scientific capacity in Nepal: the International Graduate Student Fellowship Program-Nepal (IGSFP-Nepal). The LCC CRSP is committed to building research capacity in the regions where we work, including Nepal, because well trained, innovative scientists and leaders are essential to achieving broader research and development goals and building a sustainable, prosperous future.

The IGSFP-Nepal is intended to provide opportunities for graduate education that prepare students in Nepal for interdisciplinary careers within the vision and objectives of the Livestock-Climate Change CRSP (see LCC CRSP Research Strategy). The Fellows will be expected to become specialists who can contribute to research regarding the adaptation of livestock systems to climate change in Nepal. Selected fellows must propose to conduct research in Nepal. In this way, the LCC CRSP aims to build research capacity.

The IGSFP-Nepal provides a maximum of two years of support for M.S. study and three years of support for a Ph.D. program, with annual renewal based on a positive review of progress, continued applicability to the Livestock-Climate Change CRSP research goals, continued funding availability, and a high level of academic performance.

Awards will be given to both M.S. and Ph.D. students through their host institutions, pending available funds, with the majority for M.S. students studying in their home country or region. Ph.D. awards may also be given for study in the home country, region, or in the U.S. Selected fellows must be students from Nepal in order to build capacity in this country.

Applications must be submitted by 30 September 2011, 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

Schedule of Relevant Dates:

Date of Release: 18 August 2011
Proposal Due Date: 30 September 2011, 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Funding Decisions: June 1, 2011
Funding Period Begins: August, 2011

The International Graduate Student Fellowship Program-Nepal (IGSFP-Nepal) is intended to provide opportunities for graduate education that prepare students in Nepal for interdisciplinary careers within the vision and objectives of the Livestock-Climate Change CRSP (see LCC CRSP Research Strategy, Appendix A). The Fellows will be expected to become specialists who can contribute to research regarding the adaptation of livestock systems to climate change in Nepal. Selected fellows must propose to conduct research in Nepal. In this way, the LCC CRSP aims to build research capacity.

In a recent stakeholder consultation in Nepal, priority research areas for funding in the area of livestock systems and climate change were identified:

  • Animal health (especially parasitic, epidemic, and zoonotic disease management)
  • Water management
  • Soil health
  • Female empowerment
  • Climate change communication
  • Breed productivity
  • Market incentives in rural areas

Proposed research that integrates across two or more of the priority research areas in two bio-diverse landscapes of Nepal (Terai Arc Landscape and Gandaki River Basin) is highly encouraged. In addition, innovative ways to identify climate-vulnerable areas based on agro-ecosystems, elevation, precipitation trends, livestock types, and/or other relevant biophysical and social factors is also encouraged.

The Fellowship program provides a maximum of two years of support for M.S. study and three years of support for a Ph.D. program, with annual renewal based on a positive review of progress, continued applicability to the Livestock-Climate Change CRSP research goals, continued funding availability, and a high level of academic performance.

For details on how to apply, download the International Graduate Student Fellowship Program-Nepal Request for Proposals [PDF]

IGSFP-Nepal Application Cover Page [PDF]

Budget Form for Participants/Graduate Student Fellows [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to be registered at Colorado State University in order to apply? No. It is not necessary to apply and/or be accepted to Colorado State University to be eligible for this fellowship. For MSc applicants, the intended university must be in one of the LCC CRSP focus countries; funding will not be provided for study in the U.S.  For Ph.D. student applicants, the degree may be from any U.S. university or a university in one of the LCC CRSP focus countries. Applicants are responsible for making their own arrangements with their intended university and graduate adviser.
  2. Why can’t applicants be from or work in other countries? The LCC CRSP has selected these focus countries in order to target our limited resources and more effectively build capacity and knowledge in those places.
  3. Why is the award limited to $20,000/year of support for Ph.D. students? The fellowship will provide up to $20,000 per year for Ph.D.  students. Students, in cooperation with their major professor, are expected to find other support to cover additional costs associated with completion of the degree.
  4. What type of cost-share is required? The host institution is expected to provide matching funds of at least 25% of the total requested amount to cover additional costs associated with the completion of the academic degree.  Cost sharing will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will take into account the capabilities of the cost-sharers. The LCC CRSP may count in-kind contributions toward cost sharing when they are assigned a reasonable monetary value.
  5. What if I am not accepted/registered at my intended university–can I still apply? Official proof of acceptance/registration at the intended university is not required; however, applicants must include a  letter of financial commitment for the support of the graduate program from their intended graduate adviser. Students must be accepted/registered at the intended university by the time the award is made.

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