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Jeff Schell Scholarship for Agricultural Science

The Next Generation of Ag-Scientists

There’s no magic recipe for a rich harvest. Reliable yields require modern crop protection, high-yielding seeds and a lot of research. And we know that complex challenges need time, ideas and cooperation. They’re not solved in our backyard but worldwide. That’s why we help young talented scientists to branch out. The new Jeff Schell Scholarship for Agricultural Science supports your agricultural projects abroad. 

Meet the fellows

Anna Zimmermann (23) from Germany and Nikola Mijailovic (25) from Serbia are two of the nine Jeff Schell Scholars 2014. During a foto-shooting at the Bayer CropScience headquarters in Monheim, the two fellows allowed us to look behind the scenes of their studies and their future plans. To read more, click on the picture gallery below: 
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Anna’s project deals with the functional characterization of transcription factors regulating C4 gene expressions. She will be writing the research part of her Master Thesis at the University Nova of Lisbon.

Innovate & share knowledge

Have you got an idea that could help provide nutritious, safe food for a growing world population? Any innovative solutions to improve seed qualities or weed protection? We’d like to help you go ahead - no matter if your idea is related to agronomy, crop protection or green biotechnology, environmental sciences or agricultural sustainability. Driving innovation is as important as sharing knowledge. Let’s create a science network with fresh perspectives. 
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Young science pioneers get support for an individual compelling project idea in agricultural engineering & plant biotechnology.

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University students aged 18-28 from German-speaking countries can apply to research abroad. Foreign students are sponsored to follow a creative idea in Germany.

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Crops need to be more efficient and better protected in the future. Work on your own solution to help provide nutritious and safe food for a growing world population.

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€ 300,000 funds are available for research scholarships in various fields.

Jozef (Jeff) Schell revolutionized plant sciences

With his discovery of the transfer mechanism between bacteria and plants, Belgian molecular biologist Jozef (Jeff) Schell (1935-2003) was a pioneer in plant science. His investigation led to a new method for breeding crops. He studied in Ghent where he also worked as professor. From 1978 to 2000 Schell was head of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne. As a pioneer in biotechnology he focused on the interaction between plants and soil bacteria. Schell co-founded the biotech company Plant Genetic Systems in Ghent which became part of Bayer CropScience in 2002 and is best known for innovation in insect-resistant transgenic plants. The Jeff Schell scholarship will kick-start plans that help secure a healthy food supply.

One scholarship, many scopes

You can use the scholarship for special study courses, individual lab assignments, summer schools, research classes, internships, Master’s or PhD theses. If you’re from a German-speaking country and wish to study abroad, or a foreign student interested in a project in Germany, submit your application from 1 June to 10 July 2015.
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