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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Carnegie Corporation of New York awards RUFORUM a follow up grant

Carnegie Corporation of New York awards RUFORUM a follow up grant to train the next generation of scientists in African Universities

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has received a grant ($1,505,350) from Carnegie Cooperation of New York to support a project entitled Training the Next Generation of PhD Graduates in African Universities. This is a two year project (October, 2015 – September, 2017) aiming to enhance the knowledge and skills of the teaching staff, in particular women faculty, and thereby facilitate emergence of competitive postgraduate programs in Africa.

This project will help to upgrade qualifications of university faculties in Africa, while ensuring quality of graduates, and relevance of research, with particular emphasis on women. It will also help to make graduate students confident, life-long learners creative and able to take the initiative and adapt their learning to the local situation and facilitate greater Intra African exchanges of faculty and students in order to encourage networking and increase diversity of experience in teaching and research.

In order to achieve these objectives, the project will provide; 75 fellowships for RUFORUM sponsored students who have completed coursework and field research to finalize theses and disseminate findings; short courses and further specialized training for students, bringing the students together across countries; students fellows to attend international conferences; fellowships to support mobility of faculty to draw on best African expertise to teach on RUFORUM Regional PhD programs outside their home countries.

RUFORUM is a consortium of 46 member universities and has been facilitating innovative and responsive post-graduate degree programs and research since 2004. It promotes high performing, proactive graduates, a dynamic platform for university networking, and carries out advocacy for agricultural higher education.

Call for Application: Student Innovations Grants

Photo Credit: Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is seeking student applicants who can help create innovation[1] in the global food system by proposing innovative solutions to food system challenges.

We are issuing this call for proposals to connect with student creativity and problem solving across higher education. We will award up to 15 grants of $10,000 each to student research and class groups, including design challenges in senior-level capstone design classes, for up to 12 month projects, that test, pilot or scale innovations related to food systems.



The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) Lab is a consortium led by Michigan State University (MSU) in partnership with Wageningen University, The Netherlands; The Energy and Resources Institute, India; and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. GCFSI is one of eight development labs funded by the USAID Global Development Lab under the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN). The goal of the GCFSI is to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system, using an approach that is multi-disciplinary, focused on the entire food system, and forward-looking—considering major trends that will impact future food system performance. For more information on the GCFSI, please see

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