Rothamsted International

History & Aims

100th RI Fellow, John Agbenin

The Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme was initiated in 1993 by the Lawes Agricultural Trust to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Rothamsted Research, the world's oldest agricultural research station.

The Fellowship scheme is managed by Rothamsted International and enables scientists from developing and emerging countries to carry out research projects for 6 to 12 months in collaboration with partner scientists at Rothamsted Research.

The purposes of the scheme are;
(a) to promote the exchange of vital scientific research skills to help agricultural and environmental needs in developing and emerging countries; (b) to assist in individual and institutional capacity building;
(c) to foster long-term partnerships between overseas research organisations and Rothamsted Research.

Fellowships are open to mid-career scientists who wish to pursue strategic and applied research, learn new techniques or undertake other studies in the agricultural sciences and are entirely funded by donations from charitable trusts, foundations and individuals. Thanks to many generous donations from our supporters and income raised from other activities, 125 RI Fellowships have been awarded since 1993 to scientists from 30 countries. Of these, 61 Fellows have come from China, India and Cuba, and in many cases, collaboration and contact has been maintained for further research projects and for joint publications in peer-reviewed science journals.

Sharing research for the benefit of
developing and emerging countries