International Plant Nutrition Institute -- K Fellowship Offered

February 12, 2013 09:50 AM

ipni Norcross, Georgia, USA - The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) is accepting proposals to be considered for the fertilizer industry-led Potassium Fellowship Program for graduate student research.

The Potassium Fellowship is part of the Phosphorus and Potassium Graduate Student Fellowship Programs that have been established by leaders in the fertilizer manufacturing industry to help identify and fill the need for additional P and K research.

"It is critical that the science of how crop nutrients can efficiently and effectively contribute to productivity in rapidly evolving cropping systems be advanced to meet the increased demand for agricultural products," explains Dr. Paul Fixen, IPNI Senior Vice President and Director of Research. "The Potassium Fellowship Program is a long-term commitment by the fertilizer industry to establish research programs that will attract top students and additional funding for production-oriented aspects of K research; build human resources needed by the industry that are strong scientifically, knowledgeable about K as a plant nutrient, and understand how farms and the fertilizer industry function; and advance the science of K use in agriculture," outlines Dr. Fixen.

Funding and Donors --
Individual fellowships are for a maximum of $70,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Fellowships cover the tuition, fees and stipend for the institution plus expenses associated with the research project proposed.

The fellowship is supported by voluntary contributions from K fertilizer manufacturers servicing the needs of the North American Corn Belt and Great Plains. Program donors are: Agrium Inc., Intrepid Potash Inc., Mosaic Company, PotashCorp, and Simplot.

Eligibility --
Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study or about to enter a graduate program in sciences relevant to plant nutrition and management of crop nutrients. Typical applicants would be seniors in a B.Sc. program who want to start a Ph.D. program, M.Sc. candidates in their final year who want to pursue a Ph.D., or First year Ph.D. students. Eligible institutions must be degree granting and generally located within the Corn Belt or Great Plains of the U.S. or Canada. Exceptional applications from outside these regions will be considered.

Submissions --
Research proposals in response to this request should be received by IPNI (e-mail:; phone: 605-692-6280) by April 1, 2013. Awards will be announced by June 1, 2013.

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