Monthly Archives: February 2015

Permaculture Immersion Internship

via Plentitud Eco-Educational Initiatives
This two-week internship offers individual training in the practical application of sustainable living skills at our Teaching Center, located in the tropical mountain highlands of Las Marias, Puerto Rico. Our program blends hands-on work with conceptual learning, rewarding interns with education through action in an intentional community setting.
Dates: Wednesday, May 27th to Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Cost: $950 ($50 off if you register before Friday, April 10)

To learn more and/or apply, visit

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VT News: Theresa Johansson named director of the Global Education Office

BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2015 – Theresa Johansson has been named director of the Global Education Office, which includes Virginia Tech’s study abroad program, part of Outreach and International Affairs at Virginia Tech.

Johansson will lead the office in guiding study abroad as well as collaborating with academic units to integrate global education experiences into the curriculum.

Read the entire article here.

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NSF proposal request for BREAD program

The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program was established in 2009 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world.

In FY 2015, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.

As in past competitions, proposals are expected to address project outcomes in the context of broader societal impacts, and as appropriate to the research proposed, engage international partners in scientific collaborations.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  April 27, 2015

More information


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Opportunities for Training Liberian Doctoral Students (BHEARD)

As of today, our BHEARD applicants from Liberia are facing significant challenges in obtaining TOEFL or GRE test scores.

  • TOEFL:  Candidates took the TOEFL test in Liberia on January 10, 2015.  Because it is a paper-based test, the scores will not appear on the TOEFL web site for us to retrieve.  Paper scores were mailed to each student in Liberia on February 11, 2015.  We have no guarantee when the candidates will receive these scores, though TOEFL estimates 4-6 weeks after sending the scores out.
  • GRE:  NO GRE TEST WAS OFFERED IN LIBERIA THIS YEAR.   This was not due to public health concerns, but rather was a decision on the part of the testing sponsor, which was made long before the Ebola outbreak occurred.  While we normally could have sent the candidates to a neighboring country to take the GRE, this was not possible due to their inability to obtain entry into neighboring countries because of concerns about Ebola.   Thus, our BHEARD candidates from Liberia will not have GRE scores.

Therefore, we invite U.S. universities to examine the files of the BHEARD candidates from Liberia, BHEARDLiberia2015 (annex A).  Since we realize that your universities will not be able to make an admission decision without a TOEFL score, we ask you to use the (abridged) BHEARD EOA Liberia form if you are interested in admitting one or more of the Liberian doctoral students. Do not submit a full proposal and budget at this time.

Please send this submission form to our Coordinator of Student Placement, Kathryn Greenhalgh, at by March 6, 2015.  As soon as we receive the TOEFL scores, we will send them to you immediately for further review; if you are still interested in hosting a student we will set a new deadline for Liberian proposals and budgets.

  • If you are still having trouble opening zip files, encryption on all files in the Google Drive was changed at the end of January; you might consider re-downloading the zip files. Instructions for opening these can be found in Google Drive.
  • The link for Google Drive is
  • The password for opening zip files is “20fifteen_Schol@rs”
  • If you’re missing any country’s proposal guidelines, submission forms, etc. these can also be found on Google Drive

Kenyan candidates are currently being scheduled for TOEFL and GRE exams, and we hope to send out the RFP for Kenya within the next couple weeks.

The BHEARD application for Rwandan candidates is still open, but our deadline is February 20, 2015. We hope to have finalists determined by mid-March and send out an RFP soon after.


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Inside Higher Education Article: Not-So-Great Expectations

February 18, 2015
Elizabeth Redden

WASHINGTON — Are American institutions expecting too little of the students they send abroad?
Read the article here.

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Feed the Future Branding 101 Webinar

Wednesday, February 18
9:00 am – 10:30 am EST

Please join the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Food Security communications and outreach team for an in-depth webinar on how to use the Feed the Future Graphic and Naming Standards Manual to comply with new guidelines for Feed the Future-financed projects.

More information and to register.


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IPM Innovation Lab Call for Concept Notes

Invasive Species – Modeling for South American Tomato Leafminer, Tuta absoluta, and Groundnut leafminer, Aproaerema modicella (simplexella)
Deadline March 27th.

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Funding opportunities

Grants, fellowships, and more at the IPM CRSP website.

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