Global Rice Science Scholarship (GRiSS)

If you are about to enroll in or conduct your Ph.D. research, you could be part of a new generation of rice scientists with a Global Rice Science Scholarship (GRiSS).
The GRiSS offers young scientists the chance to be experts in a scientific discipline relevant to agriculture and to have a broader understanding of global issues that affect rice science for development.
The GRiSS is a great opportunity for scientists who are in the early stages of their career and are working in a national agricultural research and extension system in a developing country.
All GRiSS are awarded on a competitive basis for developed- and developing-country candidate participation. A Selection Committee composed of the head of training or his or her counterpart from the research institution involved, the head of the research unit and program involved, and concerned scientists will evaluate candidates based on the following eligibility requirements.
How to apply
  1. Select the GRiSP theme of interest. (Themes are listed below).
  2. Select the particular research topic that you are interested in pursuing.
  3. Click on ‘Apply now.’
Research topics, host institutes, and contact information 
The GRISS program is part of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP). More than 50 research topics that fall under the six GRiSP research themes are offered as options for Ph.D. scholarships. The description of each research topic expounds on research content and identifies the host institute for the research as well as the contact information. Interested parties are encouraged to find out more by sending inquiries to
Scholarship benefits
  • Round-trip airfare and research-related travel expenses
  • Monthly stipend with local medical and accident insurance
  • Research support
  • Funding for leadership and professional development
  • University fees (with an upper limit)

Potential applicants may seek co-funding for their research and study fees from different sources and gain more flexibility in their choice of university.

Scholarship types
  • 3–4 years for a full Ph.D. program
  • Up to 3 years for a Ph.D. sandwich degree program
Applications must be submitted on or before 30 November 2014. All candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
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GRiSS falls under the framework of the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a single strategic goal and work plan for global rice research. GRiSP is led by IRRI and involves other centers under the CGIAR.