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Saturday, June 06, 2009

TweetThis! Post Graduate Fellowship for African Scientists 2009

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) one of the 15 future harvest centers, which conducts food and environmental research to help reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing animal agriculture in developing countries. ILRI’s headquarter is in Nairobi, Kenya with a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information on ILRI, please visit the web-site on www.ilri.org.

The Capacity Strengthening unit (CaSt) of ILRI is designed to build and strengthen the scientific knowledge and technical capacity of scientists, educators, technicians, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders in the livestock innovation systems in developing countries. ILRI’s Capacity Strengthening activities are research based. The institute offers individual and group training courses. Support to Post Graduate training is one of the key components of the programme.

ILRI with the generous funding support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering five Ph.D scholarships for Livestock Researchers from the sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. ILRI invites applicants from young African scientists based at the research and learning institution. The priority research themes are:

  • Climate change, impacts and adaptation
  • Livestock, environment and sustainability
  • Emerging diseases, impacts and human health
  • Market access, value chain analysis and SPS
  • Risk, vulnerability and sustainability of pastoral systems
  • Animal genetics resources and breeding
  • Smallholder livestock intensification and implications
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Livestock Research and Development
The fellowship is only awarded for a maximum period of three years. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements for eligibility:

  • First degree with a second class upper division in agriculture, animal production any related subject
  • M.Sc degree in a livestock related discipline
  • Currently based at a research or an academic institution in SSA
  • Already registered or in the process of registering for a PhD degree in a regional university
  • The candidate may not exceed the age limit of 36 years by June 2009
  • Only candidates of Sub-Saharan African countries, excluding Kenyan nationals, are eligible for this scholarship
The grantees are expected to register in one of the regional universities. The scholarship will cover the stipend, tuition fees and other related costs up to a maximum of USD 12,600.00 per year.

Financial Obligations
DAAD’s funding will consist of a flat rate of US dollars 12,300 per student per year. This will cover stipend. Tuition fees and other related costs .

Application Procedure
Prospective candidates are expected to apply using the attached form. The closing date for application is 19th June 2009. Please note that the application should include: Originals of the certified copies of all degree certificates including transcript and a research proposal with detailed research work plan on a quarterly basis. The completed application form with the relevant attachments should be forwarded to:
P. Anandajayasekeram
Manager, Capacity Strengthening (CaSt)
International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI
P.O.Box 5689
Addis Ababa

Off + 251 11 6172481
Dir + 251 11 6462508
Cell + 251 91 150 1206
Fax +251 11 646 1252/646 2645
E-mail: p.anandajayasekeram@cgiar.org


Purvi Mehta-Bhatt
Capacity Strengthening Officer
International Livestock Research Institute
P.O.Box 30709

Telephone: +254 20 / 422 3030/ 422 3031
Fax: +254 20 422 3001
Email: p.mehta@cgiar.org

Info source: http://www.fara-africa.org/media/uploads/File/Announcements/Post-Graduate%20Fellowship.pdf

Website: www.ilri.org

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