Staff Exchange Program for Academics at the LUANAR and other African Universities to teach postgraduate programmes

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 66 universities operating in 26 African countries across the African continent is pleased to announce Seven (7) Staff Exchange opportunities for 2017 Academic year at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The goal of the fellowships is to provide for opportunities for academics from outside Malawi to enhance faculty teaching, research and collaboration at LUANAR.

Particularly, for this call, Academic staff from RUFORUM member universities in West Africa and others from Eastern Central and Southern Africa will undertake visits to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) and offer services such as teaching, graduate theses supervision, serving as external examiners or engaging in joint research.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from qualified permanent teaching faculty staff who are employed at any RUFORUM member universities. Women are especially encouraged to participate in the Programme.

Financial Support

The staff exchange fellowships will be facilitated as follows;

  1. A return economy class air ticket by direct route or equivalent
  2. Accommodation and modest honorarium (living expenses) provided by LUANAR – the host institution.


The staff exchanges duration are planned for a period of 2 weeks beginning of October 2017 which will coincide with the RUFORUM AGM week in Malawi (26 -28th October, 2017). As such, the successful applicants might be expected to attend the AGM to share their experiences under this arrangement.

Application Procedure

In order to be considered for the staff exchange fellowships, applicants are requested to submit the following documents;

  1. A motivation letter indicating interest and justification for participation and the subject areas for delivery of modular course to graduate students
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae indicating track record in teaching postgraduate programmes
  3. When offered a travel fellowship a recommendation/ release letter from the University Management allowing you to go for the exchange programme will be required.

Home/Host Institution Obligations

The Home Institution of the visiting professor/lecturer shall maintain the payment of his/her salary and benefits for the duration of his/her absence from the institution for the purpose of the exchange mission

Submission of Application

All applications should be sent by email to with copy to and indicate in the subject line “Staff Exchange – LUANAR”. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.

Download English Version: Call for Expression of Interest – staff exchange – Final

Download French Version: Appel à Expression d’Interet – Echange de Personnels

PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM : Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program

Announcement 2017

 PhD Training Opportunities under the RUFORUM

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program


Escalating PhD training in Africa: RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship Programme

Over the years, universities in Africa have sought opportunities to send their staff for post-graduate training abroad in a bid to strengthen research and training, at very high costs.   The loss of faculty for 4 to 5 years has negatively affected universities.  In order to meet the growing demand for Doctoral level scientists in Africa, the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme was initiated by RUFORUM Vice Chancellors[1]to improve the quality of higher education at African Universities by increasing the proportion of academic staff with PhD qualifications, contributing to locally relevant research and reducing the time away from the home institution. The initiative was officially launched by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, H.E. Dr Martial De Paul Ikounga on 25th July 2014 at Maputo, Mozambique during the RUFORUM Fourth Biennial Conference. The specific objectives of the GTA are to:

  1. Improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD-level trained academic staff in African universities;
  2. Provide opportunities for the doctoral research to contribute more directly to African development
  3. Strengthen inter- university collaboration in the field of higher education in Africa; and
  4. Promote staff mobility among RUFORUM member universities, and across Africa.

The RUFORUM Secretariat announces the availability of 325 PhD training opportunities for the next 5 years under the GTA for the academic year beginning January, 2017. Potential applicants who are teaching staff at RUFORUM Member Universities are invited to submit applications to the RUFORUM Secretariat through a two-step process. Specific criteria for each step are indicated below.

  • Step 1: Identify and apply directly to University for the relevant program of choice to obtain admission into the program.
  • Step 2: Apply to the RUFORUM Secretariat for the GTA.

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Open Call For Proposals: Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA)


Proposals will be accepted throughout 2017

The Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) is a competitive grants program designed as graduate student internship to link thesis research findings and recommendations to application and use at community level. The FAPA grants are intended to provide opportunity for dissemination of research outputs with a view to inform policy development and hone students’ skills in working with communities to use the research outputs that have been generated.

The FAPA is exclusively targeting RUFORUM supported MSc students who are in the process of finalising (completed MSc thesis and submitted for examination) their MSc level training.

The Field Attachment Awards (FAPA) are designed to encourage students to follow through with the dissemination of their research and to enable them to link more closely with the agencies working in the area where their research was carried out. It is established for those students who have developed a useful intervention, product or service as part of their Project and who have handed in their thesis, have no more stipend due from the GRG or CARP, but who could make a more meaningful impact if they stay on for a few more months and provide advisory services related to their research. Each applicant is expected to provide a short motivation that outlines what they will be doing, how it will contribute to the communities, and also to the graduate’s own development.

The FAPA is designed to give students real world experience and contacts with development and advisory agencies. All applications will be required to have a supporting letter from their Supervisor and from the Dean of Faculty, and applications will be strengthened if they also have a commitment letter from the community and or/ a government agency, NGO, or a private company that they will be hosting the student for their FAPA activities.

The award provides only for a living stipend and limited travel for three to four months. It is designed to link the student closely with a service provider in the area and to give them work experience.

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