ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships for Africans 2020

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

icipe is an African institute and a regional and global leader in research for development in insects and arthropods and their impacts, positive and negative, on food production, human and animal health, environmental sustainability, and livelihoods. icipe works across the continent with a network of partners, including universities, NGOs, and the private sector. It has a staff of >500 based at sites in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda. The Centre’s research is structured around four research health themes;

  • Human,
  • Animal,
  • Plant, and
  • Environment Health.

The primary objective of the ARPPIS PhD Programme is to prepare young researchers from Africa to compete in internationally competitive research and development environments within national, regional, and international research programs. At icipe, ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research facilities in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year PhD program that includes research, training, developing research partnerships, publishing scientific articles, writing grant proposals and attending scientific meetings and international conferences. Scholars conduct strategic, innovative research at icipe’s laboratories and field sites located in different agro-ecological zones.

Duration: 3 years

The program covers all student costs, including:

  • travel,
  • living expenses,
  • medical insurance,
  • university fees and all research and training costs.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree with average results (at least Second Class/Upper Division or equivalent).
  • Hold a Master’s degree with average results (at least Second Class/Upper Division or equivalent), taken with both coursework and research in the field of natural sciences or other fields relevant to the PhD project.
  • must have completed their Master’s degree less than six years ago at the time of application.
  • Completed application form, PhD project proposal (based on one of the available PhD projects), and accompanying supporting documents.
  • Have a good working knowledge of written & spoken English.
  • Clearly show motivation and strong commitment.
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  • Candidates who are staff members of a public university, or considered for university teaching or research staff recruitment, are welcome to apply.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially welcome to apply.
  • Qualified nationals of French- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa can also apply.
Application Process

Applicants must make an application to icipe and at the same time make an application to DAAD for an In-Country/In-Region PhD Scholarship. Only complete applications made to both icipe and to DAAD will be considered.

For detailed information on how to apply, click here

Deadline: December 22, 2020

For more information, visit the official site.

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