The International Potato Center (CIP)

The International Potato Center (known by its Spanish acronym, CIP) seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries through scientific research and related activities on potato, sweetpotato, other root and tuber crops, and on the improved management of natural resources in the Andes and other mountain areas.

CIP contributes to the CGIAR in a limited research area by commodities (potato, sweetpotato, and Andean root and tuber crops) and ecoregions, in CIP’s case the Andes. CIP, in close association with national research systems, selects priority activities within these major work areas. These priorities are continually refined against changes in the way crops are grown as well as changes in science and in national programs.
Increasingly, CIP employs its expertise in convening global research intiatives that involve a range of institutions that can contribute to the Center’s objectives.


CIP headquarters are in La Molina, outside of Lima, Peru’s capital, in an irrigated coastal valley. CIP also has experimental stations in Huancayo in the high Andes and in San Ramón on the eastern, rainforest-covered slopes, taking advantage of Peru’s varied geography and climate. The Center has another high Andes experiment station in Quito, Ecuador, and a worldwide network of regional offices and collaborators.

Housing and accommodation
CIP offers logistics assistance on finding the suitable housing accommodations and childcare services. CIP’s own housing accommodations include the CIP’s dormitories located in the campus and the Guest House, located in an area by our Headquarters.

Types of Scholarships, Internships and Fellowship at CIP:


Are usually given to foreign and national students that have demonstrated high merits during their education. CIP provides the scholarship students with the materials and information they need to work on their undergraduate or graduate thesis.


Are given as short-period employment of a student, principally to Doctoral students, in order to help them finish their PHD. Internships may also be a non-paid (by CIP) research or administrative work experience opportunity of varied duration, either supported by an external sponsoring agency or personal funds, if a CIP scientist agrees to host the intern.

Are usually given to foreign post graduate and PhD. students to fully or partially coverage of their tuition at a national university (within Peru) or support their own projects and research work, and some reasonable living expenses. This type of support is conditioned to the availability of funds and the relevance of the applicants’ work to CIP’s research objectives.

In response to request and subject to available resources the CSD will still provide administrative, technical and professional support services for various education or training activities to strengthen developing countries’ reserch capacities and to improve potato and sweetpotato livelihoods and food security. It will continue cooperating with other CIP Departments or Divisions. CIP regional offices or field cooperating with CIP Departments or Divisions, Research Programs and scientists, CIP regional offices or field stations, and National Agricultural Research System(NARS) partners. It will build on past work with tother staions, and Nationla Agricultural Research Systems (CGIAR) centers, including various CGIAR System-wide and Eco-regional Programs (SWEPs).

CIP hosts the following Partnership Programs:

  • Global Mountain Program
  • Papa Andina

Research Divisions

  • Division 1- Impact Enhancement
  • Division 2- Genetic Resources Conservation and Characterization
  • Division 3- Germplasm Enhancement and Crop Improvements
  • Division 4-Crop Management
  • Division5 -Production Systems and the Environment
  • Division 6- Agriculture and Human Health


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