Background on the Thalwitz Scholarship:
- The family and friends of Wilfried Thalwitz established a scholarship
in his memory at IFAR, the results-oriented non-profit organization
that supports the research agenda of the Consultative Group on International
Agricultural Research (CGIAR) through the provision of scholarships
and other means.
- Mr. Thalwitz had a distinguished career at the International Bank
for Reconstruction and Development (The World Bank), where he rose
through the ranks to be appointed Senior Vice President for Policy,
Research, and External Affairs. In that position, he served as CGIAR
Chair in 1990-1991. During his term as Chair, the CGIAR was expanded
to include research programs on agroforestry, aquatic resources,
banana and plantain, forestry, and water management. He was the World
Bank's first Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. His commitment
to research for agricultural and rural development, and his deep
interest in this region, are combined in the Wilfried Thalwitz Scholarship.
- The objectives of the Wilfried Thalwitz Scholarship are to:
- Enhance the professional development of young, promising
professionals from the countries listed at Para 4 below by
assisting them to undertake research in partnership with CGIAR
- Promote values gained from a "CGIAR System perspective" involving
linkages between CGIAR Centers and NARS, and collaboration
among CGIAR Centers.
- Support research that can make a direct contribution to the
application of policy in the field of agricultural and rural
- Foster the potential of promising professionals who are at
the early to middle stages of their careers.
- Encourage cooperation among national research institutions
through linkages with CGIAR Centers.
- As requested by the Thalwitz family, citizens from the following
countries will be eligible to compete: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz
Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
- Applicants will require a graduate degree in at least one of the
following disciplines: agricultural economics, economics, finance,
a relevant field of natural sciences, and other social sciences which
might address policy issues.
- One individual scholarship (US$10,000) will be granted to an applicant
whose proposed work program is closely linked with the mission and
research agenda of the CGIAR (www.cgiar.org),
and whose application is sponsored by one or more CGIAR Centers.
The scholarship will finance the successful applicant to conduct
research at a CGIAR Center. CGIAR Centers and partner institutions
in the countries listed are expected to co-fund the awardees, in
cash or in kind. Grants are not intended to finance regular undergraduate
or graduate academic programs.
Thalwitz Scholarship Recipients
2010: Sanjar Khodjaev from Uzbekistan will identify ways to improve irrigation systems in Uzbekistan, with the aim of boosting wheat and cotton productivity, while reducing degradation of soil and water.
2009: There was no Thalwitz Scholarship in 2009
2008: Oleg Znay from Uzbekistan will study the improvement of water allocation policy and prepare an adaptation plan through the
simulation of water allocation scenarios in Syr Darya River, under different
driving scenarios of climate change.
2007: Ms. Madina Khalmirzaeva from Uzbekistan will study the peculiarities of formation and evalution quality of collector-drainage water with the view of reusing it for irrigation.
2006: Mr. Odil Akbarov from
Uzbekistan is the recipient of the
2006 Thalwitz Grant. His work will
focus on the impact of land reform
on salinity in Uzbekistan.
2005: Ms. Dilrabo Hamdamova from
Uzbekistan is the recipient of the
2005 Thalwitz Grant. Her work will
focus on the analysis of women's
involvement in water resources management
in the Zeravshan River Basin, in
Uzbekistan. She will work with IWMI.
2004: Mr. Sayat Shortan is
the recipient of the US $10,000
grant to carry out a study on "Socioeconomic
Aspects of Crop Diversification
in Northern Kazakhstan."