Scholarship: Partnership for Training Scientist in Crop Improvement for Food Security in Africa (SCIFSA)


What is the program about?

The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility programme, five African partner institutions and one EU technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to achieve sustainable crop production that shall lead to increased yield and enhanced food and nutritional security. A total of 24 Masters (6 credit seeking, 18 degreeseeking) and 12 Doctorates (4 credit seeking, 8 degree-seeking) will be trained in the thematic areas of Plant breeding and seed systems, Biotechnology, Seed science and technology, Agronomy and Vegetable crop production, Pesticides and plant protection and Plant and microbial technology. The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short-term mobility (credit seeking) for students and staff and will run from 1st November 2017 until 31st October 2022.

The project is expected to contribute to a) enhanced quality of graduate training that will lead to innovative and fit-for-purpose professionals in Crop production improvement b) improved skills and competences of academic staff in, research, training and supervision, c) improved skills and competences of administrative staff in implementing international mobility. Subsequently, a procedure/platform to support the harmonisation and internationalisation of Crop improvement and production programmes among African Universities shall be achieved.

The Call for applications is open from 14th February 2018 and will close on 5th April 2018. All interested candidates should download the application form, fill it and submit through either email or postal services. The application for scholarship should be sent to the project coordinating office (scifsascholarships@gmail.com, ruthiemutyaba@gmail.com) with copy to the coordinator at the sending institution. Admission criteria and application forms are available on the program website. In order to facilitate and fasten the mobility process, each applicant is advised to apply to the hosting university for admission.

The scholarships are open to candidates from

Target group 1 (Applicants who are currently registered at or have done their degree at one of the partner institutions: Makerere University (Uganda), University of Ghana – Legon (Ghana), University of Eldoret (Kenya), Cairo
University (Egypt) and Chiek Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal)) and

Target group 2 (Applicants who currently registered at or have done their degrees from any other institutions within Africa including institution from Uganda, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Tunisia, etc. Please note that applicants are only allowed to apply to study in an institution outside of their home countries. Female and candidates with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Find details of the scholarship here Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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