Douglas Vorchol.

​Opportunities for researchers: January 2018

Below are opportunities for researchers working on sustainable agriculture issues: grants, workshops, journal calls, and related notices.

Through this invitation to the freshly launched Thrive Network for Sustainable Agriculture Researchers, we are providing opportunities – our own and collated – through email and social media. Please join to find out about upcoming grants, events and resources, and share info about your research:

ThriveNet aims to streamline research support, connect researchers with each other and with media and decision-makers, and share opportunities for WLE researchers and beyond. We hope it helps you communicate, so please feel free to post or contact us at


  • Events Participation Fund: WLE is offering $1500 toward travel to a sustainable agriculture-related event. To apply, you must be a WLE-affiliated researcher and plan to travel before May 31. To apply, see “Event Participation Funds” in the Thrive Network Facebook or LinkedIn. Apply (CV + three questions) by Jan 31.
  • Nutrition research grants: The Nestlé Foundation supports research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Deadlines in Jan and May.
  • Southeast Asia travel grants: from SEARCA, to provide opportunities to qualified Southeast Asian nationals to participate and present papers in sustainable agricultural and rural development scientific conferences and fora, locally or internationally.



  • Communications support: need help promoting your research through a blog, media outreach, policy briefs, social media etc.? We may be able to support you on WLE-related work (subject to resources). Contact
  • Call for Steering Committee Nominations: Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Future Earth is seeking nominations for members to join the Steering Committee of this research collaboration which aims to better understand interactions between water, energy and food systems. Apply by Jan 20.
  • Join migration-focused agriculture network: MARIS is a network of researchers and practitioners with a common interest in putting migration at the forefront of the global agricultural research agenda. For info contact
  • Seeking doctoral research assistant on ecosystem services: The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University is taking applications up to Jan 15 for the three year position.
  • The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a unique learning opportunity for mid-career practitioners and decision-makers to develop the tools and skills necessary to meet environmental goals that also reduce poverty and social conflict. Apply by end January.
  • 2018 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation: To be launched in June 2018 by UN-Water – read advance briefings and other info.


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(Please send opportunities for consideration to, or post in our Facebook or LinkedIn groups. Please note that unless specified, WLE is not involved in running the above opportunities and does not have decision making responsibility.)