The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) 2022 Scholar Award

The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) is open for applications for the 2022 Scholar Awards for students in Africa.

The African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) was founded in March 2019 as a non-profit research and education organization. Through research, education, and extension, the objective of APNI is to develop and promote sustainable plant nutrition management and innovation.

While many plant nutrition principles have been thoroughly investigated, APNI has identified two areas where severe knowledge gaps continue to obstruct progress in Africa:

i) Climate and Weather-Smart Plant Nutrition, and

 ii) Soil Health for Improved Livelihoods. However, APNI will link these two themes into a third theme of 

iii) Precision Nutrient Management, which applies concepts of site-specific precision agriculture to plant nutrition.


Ten outstanding African graduate students in sciences related to plant nutrition and the management of nutrients agricultural inputs will receive awards of USD $2,000 each.


Graduate students are eligible for the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) 2022 Scholar Awardif they are:

  • Currently attending a degree-granting institution located in Africa.
  • Candidates for M.Sc., M.Phil., or Ph.D. degrees, who are currently enrolling in a program of graduate study as of the application deadline.
  • To be eligible, M.Sc. and M.Phil students must be in the second year of their studies.
  • Applicants who have already completed their degrees are ineligible.
  • Students in the disciplines of soil science, agronomy, and horticultural science or tree crop science with a focus on plant nutrition are welcome to apply.

Application Process

In order to complete the application process, applicants will need to submit the following in either English or French:

  • Electronic copy of transcripts of all university work, including cumulative and final grade records (GPA or percentile).
  • Electronic copy of two letters of support, one of which should be from the major professor.
  • Letters must be on official letterhead and must include the phone number and e-mail address of the letter writer.
  • A description of the focus of their thesis or dissertation research presented in a manner that will permit evaluation of its originality, depth, and scope, innovative approaches, and relevance.
  • A brief description of any additional information that may be relevant to the award (such as honours or awards they have received, employment history, career goals, and other activities they are pursuing).
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Deadline: April 30, 2022.

For more information on the African Plant Nutrition Institute (APNI) 2022 Scholar Award, visit the official site.

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