Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries.
We are pleased to invite your institution to review our candidates from Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, and Uganda. All of these are currently employed at agricultural research institutions, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2016. The BHEARD program will pay for all of their doctoral program expenses including the following:
- All tuition, fees, living expenses, insurance, air fare, etc. at the U.S. university
- A pre-dissertation trip to home country for the student to design his/her doctoral research project
- Research seed grant and post-degree reintegration grant
All doctoral research projects will be conducted in the students’ home countries. The U.S. academic advisor of the student will receive funding for a trip to that country during the student’s field work, to provide guidance as needed, and to establish professional relationships with the student’s home research institution.
A list of training candidate names and fields of study is attached (Annex A in the Proposal Guidelines). Full dossiers for each of these students are available at the following web link:
Candidates who have taken the GRE and TOEFL tests will have scores listed in Annex B of the Proposal Guidelines. Students who have not yet taken either exam have been registered to do so, and their expected score report dates are also listed; a spreadsheet in GoogleDrive will be updated as scores are received. Please note that USAID requires full, regular, admission for these students. No funding is available for English training in the U.S.
Attached are the following documents, which will also be available on Google Drive:
- Guidelines for proposals by U.S. institutions wishing to train candidates
- BHEARD budget template and budget guidelines
This year, submissions will be handled with surveys in Google Drive and by email:
- General submission form – http://goo.gl/forms/QNH6jQTzU5
- Candidate submission form – http://goo.gl/forms/uRpAK4F3g8
- Budgets (in Excel format) should be emailed to BHEARD@anr.msu.edu
A webinar will also be held on Friday, January 22 at 1 p.m. EST, for those who would like more information on the BHEARD program and this proposal process – the link for this meeting will be posted on the BHEARD website, and a recorded version will be available Monday, January 25.
THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ALL SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 22, 2016. Questions can be directed to the BHEARD Program Office at BHEARD@anr.msu.edu or to the Placement Coordinator, Kathryn Greenhalgh, at 517-884-7909.
Academic Topic # Students Country of Origin (e-folder for student details)
Agricultural Econ 4 Uganda
Agricultural Econ 4 Kenya
Agribusiness Mgt 1 Liberia
Nat. Res. Economics 1 Liberia
Animal Nutrition 1 Rwanda
Dairy Cattle Nutrition 1 Rwanda
Animal Sci & Biotechnology 1 Rwanda
Animal health & Epidem 1 Rwanda
Soil Science 1 Liberia
Soil & Crop Biotechnology 1 Kenya
Entomology (post-harvest) 1 Liberia
Food Science/Safety 1 Rwanda
Biotechnology 1 Kenya
Plant Breeding & Genetics 3 Rwanda
Plant Biotechnology 1 Kenya
Seed Technology 1 Kenya
Seed Science/Tech 1 Liberia
Toxicology (mycotoxin) 1 Rwanda
Veterinary Pathology 1 Kenya