The second round of awarding of Global Rice Science Scholarships (GRiSS) under the Global Rice Research Partnership (GRiSP) of the CGIAR has been cancelled because of lack of funding. The GRiSS was offered to students enrolled in or are to conduct their PhD research.
Early 2015, 402 applications for GRiSS were screened and selected candidates were to be announced at the end of March. Unfortunately, in mid-March, word was received about less-than-expected donor funding, which negatively affected the funding for the second round of GRiSS scholars. After careful consideration, the leadership of GRiSP saw itself forced to cancel the second round of GRiSP scholarships.
“This is a very unfortunate development as we had received many outstanding applicants who were full of hope and ambition to further their career in rice science,” said Bas Bouman, GRiSP leader. “GRiSP is proud of its scholarship program and will pursue every opportunity to mobilize donor support to keep investing in the future leaders in science and development in the rice sector.”
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