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Early Career Researcher Travel Fund 2019

The Cambridge Global Food Security IRC's 2019 Early Career Researcher Travel Fund is now closed.

We received a large number of high quality applications this year, and are pleased to support eleven early career researchers through the fund in 2019.

The successful applicants are:

Chioma Achi Department of Veterinary Medicine
Sethlina Aryee Department of Pathology
Harriet Bartlett Department of Veterinary Medicine
Dorien Braam Department of Veterinary Medicine
Nelzo Ereful NIAB
Nick Fradgley Department of Plant Sciences & NIAB
Payam Mehrshahi Department of Plant Sciences
Tarra Penney MRC Epidemiology Unit
Shashi Singh Department of Geography
Emily Stoakes Department of Veterinary Medicine
Cemre Ustunkaya McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Those receiving awards are requested to submit six captioned photographs alongside a short travel report (max 600 words) following completion of their travel. All travel must be completed by 1st December 2019.

Travel Showcase and Networking Event 2019

We will be holding this year's event at 4-6pm on Friday 13th December 2019, and encourage all awardees to attend and give a flash presentation - using only their photographs - in order to share their travel experiences. There will be prizes for the best presentation and best photographs.

Funds are provided by the Isaac Newton Trust and the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC.


 Here's what our some of our 2018 and 2017 funding recipients said about their travel experiences:

“Through time spent working with a Moroccan Development agency, I gathered a great deal of contacts that will be crucial to grant applications and collaborations in the future.”

“The chance to meet and discuss about my work with bean breeders in Kenya has been invaluable.”

“I presented research and networked with researchers from around the world. A key outcome…was being put in contact with two researchers with whom I now intend to collaborate.”

“It was very useful to share my work and hear feedback from a Caribbean audience, and I had many important opportunities to network with regional and international leaders, including policy-makers, in my field.”

“Through this fieldwork, I and my department have developed a close collaboration with BRAC University and local leaders of the Dhaka slum and through this, we are planning to prepare more collaborative research projects and apply for bigger grants.”

“The exposure to the corporate science indirectly led to a post-doc offer that I have since accepted.”

It has helped me develop new skills, including a deeper understanding of how to communicate science to different groups.”

“I was delighted to meet researchers from all over the world working on different topics within my field. It was a very insightful experience and it opened my mind to new ideas.”



Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Upcoming events

The Future of Food

Nov 20, 2019

TownHall Europe, Belgium, Brussels

Matchmaking event on sustainable food packaging

Dec 04, 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland

Algal biotechnology techniques and opportunities for the sustainable bioeconomy 2019

Dec 12, 2019

Algal Innovation Centre (AIC), University of Cambridge, UK

Travel Showcase and Networking Event

Dec 13, 2019

Tom Ap Rees Room and Library, Department of Plant Sciences, Downing Site CB2 3EA

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Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge

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