Seeking Candidates for the 2019 ICAC Research Associate Programme

Candidates who want to participate in ICAC’s 10-day 2019 Research Associate Program (RAP), which is scheduled to begin on September 23, 2019, must submit their applications by May 15, 2019. Interested parties should contact the delegate representing their country or coordinating agency to apply.

The 2019 RAP will have the theme, ‘Risk Management in the Cotton Industry’. The first week of the programme will be conducted at the offices of the ICAC 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, various research institutions, international organisations, and the US Department of Agriculture. The programme also includes a visit to a cotton-producing area in the United States for two or three days.

Participation in the programe is open to individuals 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 participants from non-member countries is USD4000. 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 within the USA, including transportation and lodging. Participants will be provided with a per diem amount of USD50/day for food and miscellaneous expenses, not exceeding USD 500/person.

Candidates must apply through Coordinating Agencies or delegates to the Standing Committee by 15 May 2019 (a list of delegates/agencies and contact information is available at ). It is intended that Research Associates will be selected by the Standing Committee in June 2019 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 the RAP. Research Associates are expected to make a presentation on recent developments in their countries at the conclusion of the programme.

About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. The ICAC does not have a role in setting market prices or in intervening in market mechanisms.