Research partnerships and training for professional development are important parts of the Center’s work. We provide research opportunities for scientists at Center headquarters in Taiwan and at regional offices in Asia and Africa. Training opportunities for extension workers and farmers are provided mainly through our regional, sub-regional and liaison offices.

Before you start the application form, please make sure you have the required application documents scanned as .pdf files and ready to upload:

  • your latest degree, or an official transcript of academic records
  • bio-data page of your passport or National ID
  • signed letter of sponsorship (self or scholarship): Download the sponsorship form.

Please note: only fully documented applications will be considered.

For further clarification, please, contact our Training Officer, Ms. Aileen Kuo:



New scientists and trainees

The World Vegetable Center provides opportunities for new scientists such as Master’s or PhD students and trainees such as undergraduates to either complete their theses or gain experience by participating in one of the Center’s ongoing research programs.  Most come for 3 to 6 months and their expenses are paid by their employers, donors or themselves. While doing their research work they obtain practical skills to develop their scientific careers. These have included screening vegetable varieties for diseases, using molecular tools in breeding, developing natural pest control methods, analyzing nutritional properties of vegetables, vegetable value chain analysis, gender in vegetable value chains, adoption of vegetable technologies, etc.

The Center does not grant degrees, but collaborates with universities in many countries to make its facilities and expertise available to scholars interested in tropical vegetable research.

Please fill out the online application form to pursue training at the World Vegetable Center. The Center’s Training Coordinator will endeavor to match your interests with the appropriate Center scientist to negotiate a suitable training program.

research-fellowship1Research fellowships are full-time apprenticeship programs for employees of national agricultural research systems. Applicants must have a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree as well as several years of experience. Research is conducted under the supervision of a Center scientist. Fellowships are usually for one year with a possible extension for another year. Preference is given to self-funded candidates from developing countries, or those who can be funded through existing Center projects.
graduate-studentsGraduate students are those seeking to do their MSc or PhD thesis work at the Center and who are proficient in English, are enrolled at a university, and have completed their coursework. A candidate must be endorsed by their employer and/or university adviser. The Center scientist who agrees to guide the student’s research must be accepted by the university as a member of the student’s thesis advisory committee. Provided funds are available and all parties agree, the thesis research can be conducted at Center headquarters or in our regional offices.
UndergraduatesUndergraduate students are 1) those who have completed major courses and are working towards their senior research project or equivalent or 2) students who are interested in participating in the Center’s research projects during their summer break on a topic within a supervising scientist’s research project that may contribute towards a thesis. Duration of an undergraduate student’s research will vary according to the funding sources and availability of scientists to supervise students. However, the minimum duration of undergraduate students training is two months.
internsFull-time researchers who have a university degree and are interested in conducting research under the supervision of a Center scientist(s) on topics of mutual interest to the Center, the trainee, and the trainees’ employer. Internships typically last for a period of 3 months, but can be extended to 6 months.