Monsanto’s Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program (MBBISP) was established by Monsanto in 2009 as a multiyear commitment to honor two of the world’s most pre-eminent rice and wheat breeders: Drs. Henry Beachell and Norman Borlaug.
Their lifelong work laid the foundation for the tremendous increases in rice and wheat production that continue to help feed the world today.
Since the program’s start, Monsanto has committed $13 million dollars to provide fellowship opportunities to 89 scholars from 30 countries. Each Beachell-Borlaug scholar received $200,000 to $300,000 in support for the two to three years it takes them to complete their Ph.D.s – enough not only to cover tuition and a student stipend at the best public research universities in the developed world, but also to travel to and conduct research in a developing country.
MBBISP is nearing its planned completion and no new applications will be accepted; Monsanto is incredibly excited about the future of all of the scholars. The Company is confident the scholars’ work has helped advance modern agriculture and will continue to do so. The program’s final scholars will graduate in 2020.
The program is administered by Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System.