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Postgraduate Training Scholarships for Afghan Students in USA, 2018

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the GRAIN Project at Michigan State University, is pleased to announce post-graduate training scholarships in fields related to wheat research.

Grain Research and Innovation (GRAIN), a five-year project aimed at bolstering Afghanistan’s wheat sector, is funded by a $19.5 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development.

Applicants must have strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants will be required to take the TOEFL or similar language examination prior to acceptance into the GRAIN scholarship program.

Scholarship Description:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Course Level: Scholarships are available postgraduate training programme.
Study Subject: Applicants may study in a wide variety of fields that relate to wheat research in Afghanistan. These fields may include but are not limited to: Plant Genetics and Breeding, Agronomy, Soil Science, Irrigation, Agricultural Economics, Plant Physiology, Food Science, Post-Harvest Management, Agricultural Statistics, Biotechnology, Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Data/Information Management.
Scholarship Award: The scholarships will provide full support for doctoral and master’s study beginning in August 2018. Training programs will cover up to 2.5 years of courses and research for master’s students, and up to 4 years for PhD students.
Number of Scholarships: Not Known
Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: Students from Afghanistan can apply for these scholarships. (Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply).
Entrance Requirements: Trainee Selection Committee will review applications and select candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Afghan national residing in Afghanistan.
  • Strong academic performance at the bachelor’s level (for master’s study) and at the master’s level (for PhD study). An average of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (minimum 65% overall grade average) is preferred for all prior degrees.
  • Relevant educational background and professional experience2
  • Evidence of commitment to a future career in developing agriculture in Afghanistan, particularly research.
  • Under 38 years of age for master’s applicants. An exception may be made for excellent applicants.
  • Under 40 years of age for PhD applicants. An exception may be made for excellent applicants.

English Language Requirements:  Applicants must have strong written and spoken English language skills. Applicants will be required to take the TOEFL or similar language examination prior to acceptance into the GRAIN scholarship program.

Application Procedure:

Candidate documents required:

  • Application form
  • Applicant intent questionnaire
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (this includes education, work experience, publications, etc.)
  • University transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • Passport identification page
  • If you don’t have a passport, you may initially submit an alternate id – a passport identification page will be ¬required if you reach the finalist stage.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Please give the form titled instructions for a letter of recommendation writers to each recommender.

How to Apply:

Option 1: Visit the application portal and follow the instructions to submit your application and required documents.

Option 2: It is strongly encouraged that all students use application portal to apply. However, if you are unable to create an online application, you will also find a downloadable application packet (below). You may fill out these forms and submit them by e-mail.

Online Application

Scholarship Link

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