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Project information

Scholarships in Sustainable Development

Scholarship funding will enable some of our most exceptional students to continue to carry out groundbreaking research of direct benefit to some of the world's most vulnerable people.

September 2011 - September 2014

Charity information: The University of Greenwich

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  • Need


    A degree with the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich is beyond the reach of the people who will benefit most from it. NRI attracts students from developed and developing countries, who often are unable to afford the fees and associated costs of studying on a postgraduate programme. No government funding is available to support postgraduate students; we need your help to provide our students with the opportunity to advance life changing research in the developing world.


    Programmes of study at the NRI are designed to provide our students with specific skills, knowledge and techniques which bring about real solutions to problems affecting economic growth and development in Africa. One of the student recipients of an NRI scholarship is currently identifying the impact of climate change on pastoralist livelihoods in Ethiopia. Following the completion of his study, the student hopes to return to Ethiopia where he will use his newly gained skill base.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide students with the skills and knowledge to bring about real change in developing countries


    » The knowledge gained by NRI staff is feed into the NRI's teaching programmes ensuring they remain topical and relevant.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of scholarship students who gain an outstanding degree result and who succeed in gaining employment in a development field.

    Aim 2

    Undertake transformational research in support of rural and agricultural development.


    » All NRI postgraduate students are required to undertake a project which will directly benefit vulnerable rural communities and people.

    What success will look like

    The impact of scholarships on people's lives will be calculated by counting the number of people who have directly benefited from the research.

    Aim 3

    Provide sustainable solutions to problems


    » A key aim of the NRI is to involve people. The NRI works with its partners to ensure lasting solutions are found and not simple short term fixes.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the number of people who continue to benefit five years after the completion of the research project.

  • Impact


    PhD research guarantees a continued flow of groundbreaking research that helps maintain the vibrancy and relevance of our teaching programmes. Many of our PhD students progress to become early career scientists who continue to carry out important groundbreaking research of direct benefit to farmers and communities around the world.


    There is a risk that scholarship students may not be able to complete their programme of study due to personal or academic reasons. Every effort is made to assist students throughout their time at the University of Greenwich. Each student is provided with a supervisor who also acts as a mentor, providing students with much needed support and advice.


    Students will provide donors with quarterly updates on the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,057

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      Amount Heading Description
      £11,655 Programme Fees Covers a three year period
      £15,882 Bench Fees Research fees over three years
      £41,520 Living Allowance Covers a three year period and covers basic living costs
  • Background


    The Natural Resources Institute (NRI) is a specialist multi-disciplinary institute of the University of Greenwich based on our Medway campus in Kent. NRI have a century-long track record of working with rural communities and people to support agricultural development in developing countries. Our staff and students work in over 100 countries globally where their skills and knowledge influence real changes on the ground. NRI attracts students from both developing and developed countries.


    NRI Students: Students are provided with an outstanding degree to help make a real change in the development field and to gain employment in a field that they love.
    Rural people and communities: Student and staff knowledge are used to help local people build capacity through technology transfer and training programmes.
    The University of Greenwich: Many students enrolled on our programmes remain in academia, contributing to the intellectual knowledge of the university.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Natural Resources Institute has been at the forefront of supporting food security and economic development in Africa through research, technology transfer and training since the 1950s. NRI has been acknowledged internationally by numerous awards including the Queen's Anniversary Prize, the Indian National Team Prize. Most recently, Professor John Morton of the NRI was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Linton

    Commercial Director of NRI since December 2001. John's technical experience lies in fisheries and enterprise development.