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PhD Fellowships under DAAD’s In-country/In-region Fellowship Program, 2018

­Applications are invited for PhD Fellowships under DAAD’s In-country/In-region Fellowship Program for 2018 Round in East Africa. DAAD will pay tuition fees to the university according to the submitted fees structure and a monthly stipend to the scholarship holder, covering the cost of living including accommodation.

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The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution that generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes. The Centre uses its research to inform policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment– through developing agroforestry and landscape management innovations, tools and policy recommendations, for increased food security and ecosystem health. ICRAF regards MS and PhD fellowships as important means of developing excellent research capacity in developing countries.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: ICRAF is thus inviting applications from qualified PhD candidates for innovative research topics related to Forestry, Agroforestry, and Agrobiodiversity that influence development programs in East African countries related to its four priority research themes (further information about ICRAF’s research can be found at worldagroforestry.org):
  • Climate, Environmental Services, and Landscape Governance
  • Land Health Restoration and Investments
  • Trees for Resilient Livelihood Systems
  • Improved Tree Germplasm, Diversity, Products and Value Chains
  • Scholarship Award: DAAD will pay tuition fees to the university according to the submitted fees structure and a monthly stipend to the scholarship holder, covering the cost of living including accommodation. DAAD rates will apply for the monthly stipend. Later increments of any fees and charges cannot be considered. In addition, the scholarship holder will receive an annual study and research allowance. This allowance is intended to assist in coverage of any costs related to the student’s research project. The annual study and research allowance is paid in local currency and is equivalent to the amount of EUR 230.00 for Master’s scholarship holders and EUR 920.00 for PhD scholarship holders. Within the final year of studies, DAAD pays a lump sum of EUR 1,025.00 to the scholarship holder, where applicable (in the local currency). This final allowance is granted to assist in coverage of the thesis production costs in the last year of the course of studies (i.e. second year for Master students, third year for PhD students).
  • Nationality: Applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible.
  • Number of Scholarships: Up to 5 PhD scholarships are available.
  • Scholarship can be taken in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania)

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Applicants from Sub-Saharan African countries (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and PrincipeSenegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Master’s degree in related field of study obtained in 2011 or later from an accredited academic institution with above-average results;
  • Full-time availability of the candidate for studies and research (part-time PhD candidates do not qualify for this call);
  • A national of Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Proof of admission to the desired degree course or official letter assuring admission
  • Excellent command of English language (demonstrated through a Master’s level thesis written and defended in English and/or IELTS/TOEFL scores or a proof of registration for one of these tests to be undertaken before May 31st, 2018)
  • Staff Members of Academic and/or Research Institutions are encouraged to apply but will be required to produce a letter of release / approved study leave from their respective institutions. Eligible female candidates, candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities meeting required qualifications and conditions will receive preference.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have an excellent command of English language (demonstrated through a Master’s level thesis written and defended in English and/or IELTS/TOEFL scores or a proof of registration for one of these tests to be undertaken before May 31st, 2018).

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Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply electronically by email to i.ingumba-at-cgiar.org by 2nd February 2018 (23:59 Nairobi time). The essential documents required for applications are mentioned below. Applications received on or before 2nd February, 018 (23:59 Nairobi time) will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

6.1 Documents to be submitted with applications:

  1. A letter of motivation (2 pages or less explaining your motivation for the topic, the relevance of previous studies, experiences and skills to that of the proposed research as well as your view on how the proposed PhD will allow you contributing to the development of your society) (word document);
  2. Filled and signed
  3. Signed curriculum vitae; please use the Europass CV template
  4. Signed copy of the attached
  5. Certified and scanned copies of all university degree certificates
  6. Certified and scanned copies of all university transcripts
  7. Original PhD research proposal (Plagiarism will be checked!) and a detailed work plan(10 to 15 pages word document) describing the following:
  8. Abstract of the proposal on one page (including research title, the name of the applicant and proposed university/faculty/ institute where the candidate intends to register or is already registered as a PhD candidate. The abstract should capture the essence and innovativeness of the proposal)
  9. Introduction, the development challenge that this research addresses or contributes to, scientific problem and knowledge gap articulation, and the objectives and research questions of the proposed research (up to 3 pages)
  10. Data requirements, research methods proposed to collect the data, and analytical techniques/tools/approaches (2-3 pages)
  11. Envisaged outputs and publication plan (1 page) with tentative titles of the proposed research articles
  12. Proposed Work Plan (activities, milestones, timelines/timeframe) (1 page)
  13.  Required resources (costs, research assistance, etc) (1 page)
  14. Supervision plan (proposed academic institutions, faculty/department school, lab) (1 page)
  15. References (up to 2 pages)
  16. Confirmation of the study leaves from your employer if employed.
  17. IELTS/TOEFL Scorecards or proof of registration for a test by May 31, 2018 (Scores can be submitted via email later if short-listed)

Please Note: All electronic files submitted should be named in such a way that the filename indicates what the document is and whose document (candidate’s name) it is.

(Example: UpdatedCV_Alexandar_Abacha.docx)

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