The Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship


Likely in October 2011

Annual Value

Up to CA$30,000

Award Status



Permanent Resident

Degree Level


Provided through the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship provides assistance to Canadian and developing-country graduate students with a university degree in agriculture, forestry or biology, who wish to undertake on-farm research with cooperating farmers in a developing country. Proposals must focus on very simple cropping systems research that can benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries, especially rural women farmers. Projects should seek ways to increase the yield of food crops, improve farmers' livelihoods, and improve soil fertility.



Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, or citizens of a developing country who are currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program (Master’s, doctoral, post-doctoral) at a recognized university in Canada or in a developing country for the duration of the award period.

Evaluation Criteria

Research proposals must include details of the comparisons envisioned between the traditional cropping practice of cooperating farmers and the side-by-side alternative cropping practice, which must include some type of leguminous crop or plant.

Application Procedures

Complete applications must be received by the IDRC directly, and further details are available on IDRC's Bentley Cropping Systems Fellowship page, including the required List of Supporting Documents to be Submitted.

Further Information

In principle, IDRC supports research on all parts of the developing regions of thye world, though at this time, Fellowships and Awards is not supporting awards which involve research in Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Eastern Europe or Central Asia.

Award tenure corresponds with the period of field research. In general, this will be between eighteen months and twenty-four months.


Read tips on applying, reference letters, statement of interest, reaching out to prospective supervisors, interviews and more in our Application Guide!