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


Only 28 percent of women worldwide have careers in science, as reported in the 2015 UNESCO science report. While this has been slowly increasing, it still remains low. One persistent challenge is that high numbers of women drop out of academic research and teaching in the sciences in the early stages of their professional careers. If there were a greater number of female role models and mentors in senior positions, more junior level women would likely remain in science, increasing diversity and gender equity in universities. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) seeks to tackle this challenge through the PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The PEER Women in Science Mentorship Program consists of groups of women in senior and junior faculty positions. Each group will have one senior faculty mentor and two to four more junior faculty from the same university. For one year, these small groups will build personal and career development goals in topics such as networking, research proposal writing, and research paper publication. Mentees and mentors will receive a three-day professional training to provide cohorts with tools to improve their mentorship experience as well as kick off the year. The program will end with a competitive, $10,000 research grant opportunity for the junior faculty members.

AWARDS
MENTOR:
• Receive a $2,000 stipend for following the mentor plan.
• Receive professional mentor and mentee training in summer 2018
MENTEE:
• Receive professional mentor and mentee training in summer 2018
• Can compete for $10,000 in research grant funding upon successful completion of the program. The applications will open in April 2019.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,
Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Arab States:  Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza

HOW TO APPLY
To learn more about the program, please visit www.nas.edu/peer

Download full call here PEER Mentorship for Women in Science Final


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Amiran Kenya staff explaining to the students how they can operate a modern kitchen garden

By Joseph Jabu- TAGDev Administrative Assistant, Egerton University

The day was 27th November last year, the TAGDev Egerton Students visited Amiran- Kenya Limited for a field trip. In a bid to extend the benefits of the TAGDev program to other students at the University, the program invited an additional 13 continuing students to join in. The trip provided an opportunity for the students to be exposed to the activities of Amiran Kenya limited and the agricultural industry in general. It was also an opportunity to network, engage and learn from the best in the industry.
Accompanied by Dr. Joseph Wolukau- Director, International Linkages and Programmmes, Egerton University and Mr. Joseph Jabu- TAGDev Administrative Assistant, the students were received at Amiran Kenya which runs one of the largest agricultural input supply business in Africa and one of the major subsidiaries of Balton CP Group, a British company which has a strong commercial presence across Sub- Saharan Africa.

Urban farming

Amiran Kenya staff explaining to the students how they can operate a modern kitchen garden

Since its inception in 1963, Amiran Kenya Limited has been a driving force behind the horticulture and floriculture industries in Kenya and throughout East Africa. The company supplies fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, green house materials, irrigation materials among other supplies. The students learnt how to operate a small green house at a cheaper cost through a mathematical illustration of how to make good profits from operating a small greenhouse.

 

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A demonstration on how seedlings are managed.

They were also taken through ways of preparing a nursery and seed beds for the purpose of growing healthy crops.  At the seed department, the students learnt how quality seeds are packed, stored and delivered to the customers. They were also exposed to greenhouse farming and functioning of a drip irrigation system. other departments that they visited included the fertilizer, seeds, agro project and greenhouses departments.

As they toured the different departments such as the public relations unit, they were made to appreciate the value of soft skills to increase their chances of employability; The students were motivated by what they saw and learnt at Amiran Kenya Limited. The experience they got will go a long way in achieving the mission of training the next generation of Agriculture leaders.

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