monsanto's beachell-borlaug international scholars program

The Program

This prestigious fellowship was established by Monsanto in 2009 in honor of 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.

The goal of this program is to: (1) aid in the development of highly educated rice and wheat breeders who can serve as future leaders in the field of agriculture and (2) provide opportunities for young scientists to experience the important work and mission of public sector research institutions, particularly in developing countries.

To achieve these goals, Monsanto’s Beachell–Borlaug International Scholars Program

  • Is open to students worldwide who are seeking a Ph.D. in rice or wheat plant breeding
  • Provides a full package of support, including a generous student stipend, tuition, applicable fees, health insurance, research fees and travel, as well as funds for research at the collaborating institution and for the advising professor
  • Supports student projects that develop advanced breeding techniques and fulfill the requirement of conducting at least one season of field work in a developing country, in order to experience breeding in the field

The program is administered by Texas AgriLife Research, an agency of the Texas A&M University System