HeDWIC welcomes students from degree granting institutions to conduct all or part of their research at CIMMYT as part of their PhD program requirements. While CIMMYT is not a degree granting institution —and does not have funding to cover tuition and stipends — it places students at prestigious universities and covers most research costs where conducted at CIMMYT. Many HeDWIC scientists are eager to collaborate on grant proposals with faculty at degree-granting institutions to help secure funding for student research.

Please contact us if you are interested in exploring opportunities.

Current students

​Lucia Nevescanin Moreno

Moreno’s research will be on “Characterization of physiological and anatomical basis of wheat root function under abiotic stress using high-throughput phenotyping.” The aim is to measure root structure-function traits of contrasting genotypes using the state of the art precision tomography in controlled conditions in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham and field-based phenotyping at Yaqui Valley in Mexico to determine what root characteristics are underlying plant performance under a range of environments including warmer and water deficit conditions. Moreno’s research is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Malcom Bennett, HeDWIC collaborator and University of Nottingham professor of Plant Sciences. This opportunity is funded by the CONACYT-Government of Mexico, SADER’s MasAgro Trigo and the University of Nottingham.

Geckem Dambo

Dambo’s research project — “Remotely sensed spectral indices as indicators of climate resilience in a wheat breeding context” — will focus on the identification and validation of spectral reflectance indices for the assessment of photoprotection and hydration status in wheat as adaptation mechanisms in heat and drought environments.

His research will be carried out as part of a collaboration between CIMMYT and the University of Hohenheim under the joint supervision of Matthew Reynolds and Folkard Asch, with funding from the ATSAF Academy, whose aim is to involve PhD students from German universities in CGIAR research projects to strengthen the links between universities and international, development-oriented agricultural research.