03 Feb 2014

2014 Scholars Awards Launched

Applications from Australian and New Zealand students are invited for the $2000 IPNI Scholars awards for 2014.
University of Adelaide PhD student received IPNI scholarship 2011

2014 IPNI Scholar Award Program for Graduate Students is Open - applications close April 30.

Please pass on to graduate students in the area of soil science and plant nutrition.

The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is pleased to announce that the IPNI Scholar Award program for 2014 is now open and accepting applications.

The IPNI Scholar Award requires candidates for either a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in agronomy, soil science, or a related field to submit an application and supporting information by April 30, 2014. Graduate students from any country having an IPNI Regional program are eligible and there will be regional awards made to one or two students specifically from the Australia and New Zealand region. Only a limited number of recipients are selected for the award, worth US$2,000 each. The application process is available on-line only. Recipients will be announced in September, 2014.

Previous winners from Australia/New Zealand were Preeti Sharma (Latrobe University), SK Lam (The University of Melbourne), R Flavel (University of New England), B Ryan (Adelaide University), H Sultana (The University of Melbourne), J Jin (Latrobe University) and DM Grijalva (Adelaide University).

To begin the application process, please visit http://www.ipni.net/scholar

Contact Dr. Rob Norton, Regiaonal Director, Australia and New Zealand (rnorton@ipni.net)

About the IPNI Scholar Award:
Awards of US$2,000 each will be conferred to deserving graduate students in sciences relevant to plant nutrition and management of crop nutrients.
The Award will be made directly to the student. No specific duties will be required of the recipient.
The Award will be granted independent of any assistantship, scholarship, or other award that the student presently holds.
The Application is only available on-line at https://www.ipni.net/scholars

Graduate students attending a degree-granting institution located in any country with an IPNI pro gram are eligible.
Candidates for either the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees are eligible. In the case of Ph.D. candidates, preference will be given to students who have a minimum of one year remaining before completion of their studies.
Priority will be given to the relevance of the proposed research in support of IPNI’s mission. Students in the disciplines of soil and plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, ecology, soil fertility, soil chemistry, crop physiology, and other areas related to plant nutrition are encouraged to apply.
Winners are not eligible for reappointment; the awards are for one time only.

In order to complete the application process, you will need the following:
1. Electronic copy of transcripts of all college work, including cumulative and fi nal grade average records (GPA or percentile).
2. Electronic copy of three letters of support, one of which should be from the major professor. Letters must be signed and written on offi cial letterhead, and must include the phone number and e-mail address of the letter writer.
3. A description of the focus of your thesis or dissertation research presented in a manner that will permit evaluation of its originality, depth, and scope, innovative approaches, and relevance to IPNI’s mission.
4. You will be asked to briefly describe any honors or awards you have received, employment, career goals, and other activities you pursue.
Note: You will be required to upload the electronic copy of the transcripts and support letters during the on-line application process. You should have an electronic copy of these documents prepared in advance. Further instructions are provided at the website.

Application must be completed by April 30, 2014.
Announcement of the Scholar Awards will be made in August 2014, and cheques will be presented to the winners as soon as practical thereafter.
See website - http://www.ipni.net/awards

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