The 6 scholarships come with different requirements under 3 Work Packages

In WP-1

  • The PhD scholarship #1 entitled Characterization of pelagic, biological processes in aquaculture systems and their impact on health and quality of fish” focuses on improving our understanding of how different pollutants in water and sediment of aquaculture system effect on fish quality. The research design and methods must be included general water quality characteristics, biological parameters and production of algal toxins and off-flavour compounds.
  • The PhD scholarship #2 entitled Impacts of pollutants on microbiota and Pangas and Tilapia aquaculture production in Bangladeshfocuses on improving our understanding of how organic and inorganic pollutants, different bacteria, bioavailability and toxin in water and sediment of aquaculture system effect on growth, health and quality of fish.

In WP-2

  • The PhD scholarship #1 entitledValuing quality and exploring export potentials of Bangladeshi pangas and tilapia” focuses on markets and the value of quality of pangas and tilapia all through the value chain, considering both the domestic value chain in Bangladesh and exploring the export potentials. The methodological foundation is international and environmental economics, economic valuation to identify the implicit price of quality of pangas/tilapia and regression analysis to identify price transmission and estimate demand.
  • The PhD scholarship #2 entitledMapping and improving governance of pangas and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh” focuses on understanding governance, markets and quality of pangas and tilapia all through the value chain, considering both the domestic value chain in Bangladesh and exploring the export potentials. The methodological foundation is the value chain approach to analyze governance, economics to study value distribution through the value chain and food science to analyze chilling and quality changes through transport. Certification and labelling such as the Aquaculture Stewardship Council label, is a core study element.

In WP-3

  • The PhD scholarship #1 entitledEffects of managerial practices on productivity and profitability differentials for pangas and tilapia farms of varying scales of operations and tenure system” focuses on improving the knowledge base on how managerial activities affect the economic performance of small and large scale pangas and tilapia farms in Bangladesh. The PhD include data collection of micro data on farm level for the purpose of analysing the optimal scale of operation for different types of production systems of pangas and tilapia farms in Bangladesh. The farm level analyses also include an investigation of farm productivity, efficiency and production risk related to managerial practices. Based on this knowledge recommendation for best practice in pangas and tilapia in Bangladesh should be established. Furthermore, constraints to input factors use on different types and scales of farms related to existing tenure system and institutional setup should be examined.
  • The PhD scholarship #2 entitledComparative analysis of on-farm production performance of pangas and tilapia. Including water quality as an environmental performance parameter” focuses on improving the knowledge base on how water quality affects the economic performance of small and large scale pangas and tilapia farms in Bangladesh. The PhD include data collection of micro data on farm level for the purpose of analysing cost and benefits of introducing different water cleaning measures to pangas and tilapia farms taking into account the scale of operation and the farmer‟s ability to implement the proposed water cleaning measures. The economic effects of internal farm measures to improve water quality related to input factor use should be examined and best practice should be established. Furthermore, the influence of external factors, such as, general water quality, flooding, soil, temperature and spreading of diseases should also be examined. Finally, the existing policy provisions to regulate environmental externalities affecting farm production and productivity should be examined. Depended on the type and the effect of the externalities identified a recommendation on how existing regulation or new regulatory measures could improve pangas.