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.
Anna Zimmermann (23) from Germany and Nikola Mijailovic (25) from Serbia are two of the nine Jeff Schell Scholars of 2014. During a photo shoot at the Bayer CropScience headquarters in Monheim, the two fellows allowed us to look behind the scenes at their studies and their future plans.
Do you have an idea that could help provide safe, nutritious food for a growing world population? An innovative solution to improve seed qualities or weed protection? We’d like to help you get a start, whether your idea is related to agronomy, crop protection, green biotechnology, environmental sciences, or agricultural sustainability. Driving innovation begins with sharing knowledge. Let’s create a science network with fresh perspectives.
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 a 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 Crop Science in 2002 and is best known for innovation in insect-resistant transgenic plants. The Jeff Schell scholarship will kick-start plans that help secure healthy food supply.
You can use the scholarship for special study courses, individual lab assignments, summer schools, research classes, internships, Master’s or PhD theses. Scholarships are granted to students and young professionals (up to two years after graduation) from Germany wishing to realize a study or research project abroad or to foreign students/young professionals pursuing a project in Germany.