[Scholarship is offered for this program]
This is to inform you of an opportunity for students under a Master’s program in development practice to undergo a funded research internship/practicum in IFAD projects.
This is an IFAD-funded project that the Columbia University is leading. FYI, SEARCA was part of a consortium led by SupAgro Montpellier that submitted a bid proposal for this same project but the consortium led by Columbia University was awarded the grant. Nevertheless, Columbia University approached SEARCA to tie up with our University Consortium to implement the program.
Each Master’s student that would qualify for the grant would receive a grant of USD5,000 and would spend up to 3 months in one of the IFAD research project sites. However, only master’s students of member universities of the Global MDP Consortium can qualify. Universities may qualify for membership if they have a Masters in Development Practice Program or its equivalent, where the applicant-student must be enrolled. If there are none, the Global MDP Consortium can give one-year support to the university to enable it to institute a MDP program.
• Financial need to complete their Field Practicum
• Alignment of the student’s studies or professional background with IFAD’s request
• Completion of one year ( or two semesters) of MDP academic coursework
• Long-term commitment to rural development
• Above average academic records
MDP students who are enrolled in a global North MDP program and meet all the other eligibility criteria mentioned above can also participate. IFAD funding for these students will not be available. These students must obtain funding from other sources—their academic departments, perhaps other grants, or their own funds.
The MDP-IFAD Field Practicum will entail interdisciplinary research or practice-based projects which culminate in deliverables such as analysis of value chain stakeholder capacities; marketing studies, analysis of project monitoring & evaluation data; knowledge management products or policy analysis. To learn more about the research opportunities already available, please go here, https://mdpglobal.submittable.
Graduate students interested in any of the IFAD funded field practicum opportunities must be enrolled in an academic institution that has an MDP program. Academic institutions from around the world should apply to join the Global Association of MDP programs. Once they are accepted , their membership will enable their enrolled students to apply for these IFAD opportunities! Please go to http://mdpglobal.org/ifad-mdp/
** Applicants may directly apply to the respective website. Once you are SELECTED, you NEED to inform your personal data to Office of International Affairs, UGM (Bulaksumur F-13) .