Call for Workshop Scholarships to participate in the international workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and economic growth: smallholder farmers between markets, policies and environmental change


Date: March 30, 2016 - April 4, 2016

The RLC Campus at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany, offers scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries to participate in the international workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and economic
growth: smallholder farmers between markets, policies and environmental change”, June 4-9, 2016, in Bonn.

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize" ( The RLC Campus in Bonn is hosted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It provides transdisciplinary education and research in fields of environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, and social justice in the Global South (

The Workshop:
The workshop will take place from June 4-9, 2016, at ZEF in Bonn. Distinguished scientists, practitioners and PhD students from all over the world will be participating together with Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Workshop language is English.

Smallholder farmer-based agriculture plays a significant role in most countries of the Global South. Beyond producing food and non-food biomass and generating incomes, the sector sustains important ecological functions and services. However, the prevalent paradigm of fast economic growth in many countries has led to massive repercussions on both, small-holder farmers’ livelihoods and ecological sustainability. Hence concerns have to be addressed on the current and future role of smallholder-based agriculture and its potential forsustainability as an active driver for change in the Global South.

Upon this backdrop, the workshop will thematically focus on local level empirical research and practical development work in rural areas of developing and transition countries. The workshop inputs will be presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way by building on each participants’ expertise and experience.

The workshop will target the following objectives:

  • to strengthen knowledge and understanding of concepts of sustainable agriculture andrelated methodological approaches,
  • to critically assess different pathways of sustainable agriculture and its actual and po-tential contributions to smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and environmental conservationin rural developing contexts,
  • to showcase projects considered successful and to discuss empirical research findings concerned,
  • to promote transmission of expertise and experience as well as networking between“Alternative Nobel Prize” winners, scientists, practitioners, and PhD students working on sustainable agriculture with a smallholder farmer focus.

The DAAD workshop scholarships will cover all costs for international and national travel, hotel accommodation, catering, and working materials. The workshop will be embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events.

Who can apply?
PhD students from developing and transition countries who conduct empirical local level research related to sustainable agriculture and smallholder farming within social, economic and natural sciences. Preferred are PhD students in the middle or end of their studies. Fluent English is mandatory. Applications from women are particularly welcome.

How to apply?
Your application should consist of: the filled-out application form. Download the form here:
a 300 word abstract (in English) of your PhD project

The deadline is April 4, 2016. You will be informed about the decision of the selection committee until April 12.

Please send your applications via e-mail to: Dr. Till Stellmacher: