The BioNET-INTERNATIONAL Fellowship Scheme is designed to train high level manpower (MSc level or higher) to form foci of the highest level expertise within the LOOPs, with the aim that they in turn will serve as sources of expert tuition for others.

Fellowships provide:

• in-service training at scientific, technical and managerial institutions in developed countries and / or other sub-regions of the global network

• formal training in prescribed fields at appropriate institutions

• inter-LOOP familiarisation travel / exchange programmes.

Established LOOPs are entitled to receive money from the BioNET-INTERNATIONAL FUND to support Fellowships for a maximum period of two years.

Current Fellowship recipients include:-

Mr Ibrahim Shamie from Sierra Leone, the first WAFRINET Fellow, who is studying parasitic Hymenoptera at Cardiff University. In particular he is looking at a species complex that may serve as a biological control agent for stem borers of cereal crops in Africa.

Mr Khamis Ali from Zanzibar, the first EAFRINET Fellow, who is studying insect taxonomy and curation techniques at the Plant Protection Research Institute, Pretoria.

Previous Fellowship award recipients have included:-

1996 Ms Doreen Jodhan, National Herbarium, Trinidad & Tobago Macrofungi and Basidiomycete taxonomy. Curating and managing reference collections.

1997 Mr Lennox Chandler, Ministry of Agriculture, Barbados
Mealybug, scale insect and whitefly taxonomy.

1998 Mrs Pearl Wharton-Gill, National Agricultural Research Institute, Guyana
Identification and isolation of the pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum.

1998 Dr Edward Sakufiwa, Mount Makulu Research Station, Zambia
Taxonomy of post-harvest insect pests.

1999 Mrs Rudo Sithole, Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe
Parasitic Hymenoptera, in particular those belonging to the family Ichneumonoidea

2000 Mr Kosol Charernsom, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Parasitic Hymenoptera, in particular those belonging to the family Chalcidoidea, but also examining other families including Ichneumonidea and Chysidoidea etc.

For further details on BioNET-INTERNATIONAL Fellowships and for application forms please contact the Network Coordinating Institute of your LOOP, or alternatively write to the Technical Secretariat.