Type of Funding
Students who wish to pursue the 2-year International Master of Science in Rural Development (IMRD) programme commencing AY 2018-2019, can now apply for the IMRD Consortium Scholarships. The IMRD Master programme is jointly organised by 16 leading universities in rural development and agricultural economics around the world (in Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovakia, China, USA, South Africa and India) to produce specialists in integrated rural development, focused on socio-economic and institutional aspects; not only from the European Union but also from developed, developing and transition countries outside the European Union.
IMRD students will study at least 1 semester at the following universities:
- Within Europe: Ghent University (Belgium), Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), Agrocampus Ouest (France), University of Pisa (Italy), Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia); and University of Cordoba (Spain).
- Outside Europe: ESPOL (Ecuador), China Agricultural University (China), Nanjing Agricultural University (China), University of Arkansas (USA), University of Pretoria (South Africa); University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore (India); and The Can Tho University (Vietnam).
The IMRD Consortium Scholarship is valued at about €45,000, consisting of: 2 year programme costs, 2 year full worldwide insurance coverage, and a monthly subsistence allowance for 24 months. The scholarship does not include visa costs, study materials, transportation costs from one mobility to another and transportation cost from and to the country of residence.
Applicants for the course must have at least a Bachelors degree of minimum 3 years from a university or recognized equivalent, good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) and basic science training in mathematics and/or statistics; agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences; or social sciences and/or rural development and/or economy. Generally, admitted students have a Bachelors degree or a recognized equivalent degree of minimum 3 years study in bioscience engineering or agricultural sciences (preferably agricultural economics), in combination with knowledge in environmental sciences, economics, sociology and rural development studies.
Applicants for the IMRD Consortium scholarships can be from any country. MRD Consortium Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. At the same time, the following considerations will factor in the award of the scholarships: a fair gender balance amongst the Scholarship awardees; a fair geographical balance; and the nationality and whether there is any relationship between the applicant and the Thesis Partner University he/she is applying for.
Applications are to be done online by 1 March 2018.