The 2014/15 Research Associate Program will be conducted for ten days starting on June 15, 2015 (arrival) and ending on June 25, 2015 (departure).
 
The theme of the program will be: “Risk Management in the Cotton Industry”. The first week of the program will be conducted at the offices of the Secretariat in Washington DC. Presentations will be made on topics of risk management in cotton production and trade. Participants will be briefed by members of the Secretariat and by experts from the US cotton industry, research institutions, international organizations and the US Department of Agriculture. The program also includes a visit to a cotton producing area in the United States for two or three days.
 
Participation in the program is open to persons from ICAC member countries, including persons from government agencies, universities and the private sector. Candidates from non-member countries are invited to participate on a tuition basis. The tuition for the program is US$4,000 per participant. Candidates from ICAC member countries will be responsible for their cost of international travel to and from Washington, DC. The ICAC will bear the cost of travel in the USA, including transportation and lodging. Participants will be provided with a per diem amount of US$50/day for food and miscellaneous expenses, not exceeding US$500/person.
 
Candidates must apply through Coordinating Agencies or delegates to the Standing Committee. List of Coordinating Agencies and delegates is available at https://www.icac.org/about/member-governments. Applications should be received by the Secretariat by February 23, 2015 via email at Andrei@icac.org. It is intended that Research Associates will be selected during the meeting of the Standing Committee at the end February 2015 to allow time to apply for visas and to make travel arrangements.
 
In the selection process preference will be given to candidates from member governments who have not participated recently in a research associate program. Research associates are expected to make a presentation on recent developments in their countries as part of the program.  
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