AU Commission and the US Department of Agriculture Scientific Exchanges Program

Application is currently ongoing for the African Union (AU)Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture Scientific Exchanges Program.

The African Union Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework aims to facilitate harmonization of AU Member States’ SPS policy priorities of SPS systems in Africa. The policy framework addresses diverse and intersecting needs with the objective to; establish harmonized science-based SPS systems; strengthen collaboration and trade facilitation; build technical capacity and; increase political support and public and private sector investment in SPS systems.

This application package focus on applicants interested in establishing and harmonizing SPS regulatory regimes across the eight Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union (AU). The goal will be to empower fellows to advocate for sound SPS policy to peers, decision-makers, and the public.


  • Provide leadership and science communication to empower fellows to advocate for sound policy to peers, decision-makers, and the general public.
  • Support AU-RECs to establish SPS regulatory regimes in the African Continental Free Trade Area based on science and the international standard setting bodies (Codex, International Plant Protection Convention, and World Organization for Animal Health) that allows for the safe cross border trade of agricultural products.
  • Create synergies among agricultural policy practitioners in the AU-RECs, and all relevant stakeholders including but not limited to U.S. regulatory agencies and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, to work together in formulating a road map for the implementation of the SPS policy framework.


Candidates will be evaluated, interviewed, and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Citizen of a country in the AU.
  • Good reading, writing, and speaking skills in English language.
  • Master’s degree or higher with at least two years of practical experience (minimum).
  • Currently employed by a university, research institution, or other scientific institution in a country in the AU.
  • Proposal directly related to the research topic.
  • Intention to continue working in a country of the AU for a minimum of two years following the return from the United States.
  • Researcher with a clear connection to SPS regulatory regimes, who can adapt lessons learned from the U.S. SPS regulatory model at both national and state levels.
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Application Process

Applications should include;

  • paper Application form (Provided)
  • program proposal and research action plan
  • signed approval from applicant’s home institution
  • copies of diploma for college/university degree
  • copy of passport identification page
  • two letters of recommendation (academic and professional preferred)

To get the application form, click here

Application Deadline: October 10, 2021.

For more information and application, visit the official site.

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