The International Centre for Research on Agroforestry (ICRAF) was founded in 1978 with its global headquarters based in Kenya. We now operates in over 30 countries. In 2002, we rebranded ourselves as the World Agroforestry Centre although retaining ICRAF as its legal name and acronym. We conduct research in six ecoregions across sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Our programmes are driven by the specific needs and opportunities in each region. Much of our research expenditure is allocated to Africa, where persistent poverty and environmental degradation are particularly acute. The Capacity Development Unit (CDU) supports individual learning through fellowships embedded in ICRAF’s research programs and also supports group learning opportunities offered by various units of ICRAF. CDU also maintains and provides access to critical learning resources for agricultural innovation system actors.
Interns are students who are enrolled as bachelor students in local or foreign universities, or have just completed a bachelor’s degree but are not working towards a master’s degree yet, and one or more of ICRAF supervisors find them well qualified to contribute to their programmatic activities. Prospective interns can have qualifications in any field relevant to the ICRAF’s unit where they are attached, including scientific and managerial fields. ICRAF may provide a modest compensation, local transport and necessary insurance costs, which may vary for various ICRAF offices. Interns can also self-fund their internship as volunteers. The expected final product of their internship at ICRAF is an internship report describing internship activities and the learning achieved.
The Centre develop youth’s capacity by providing opportunities to selected interns to work with the Centre's senior scientists. ICRAF internships last for a duration stipulated in the L.o.A signed by the relevant staff and external supervisors where applicable. CDU manages the entire deployment and discharge process at ICRAF. Interested applicants MUST enroll online. Apply as an Intern with ICRAF
ICRAF offers several avenues for individuals to get involved in its research and development programmes. Women are given preference over equally qualified men in all such opportunities.
It is strongly recommended that the interested applicants visit the Centre’s website, and familiarize themselves with Center’s research and development programmes, and the World Agroforestry Centre Strategy 2017-2026 to make sure any proposed/planned research work by the prospective fellows is relevant to the Centre.
ICRAF frequently engages students working towards their postgraduate degrees (MS/MPhil/PhD) as research fellows. The research fellowships are useful for the advancement of ICRAF’s research for sustainable development. Research Fellows are students enrolled for a master’s or doctoral degree and the purpose of their fellowship with ICRAF is to carry out field/lab research that is part of their dissertation/thesis and is also of interest to ICRAF’s research and development agenda. The duration of engagement depends on the length of research phase. ICRAF may provide a modest fellowship, with transport from/to origin, local transport or a monthly transportation allowance, and all needed insurances. Research fellows can opt for full or partial self-financing of their costs as well. The final product of their fellowship is a defended thesis/ dissertation at their academic institution, with due credit to ICRAF/HI for co-supervision. Research fellows are required to deliver at least one seminar on their research.
Interested applicants MUST enroll online following this link: Apply as a Research Fellow with ICRAF
Volunteers are young people who want to work without any compensation at ICRAF to gain knowledge and experience and one or more of ICRAF supervisors find them well qualified to contribute to their programmatic activities. Volunteers can be deployed for a duration of 2 weeks to 3 months. All necessary costs (initial travel to/from ICRAF offices for their attachment and daily travel to/from office, insurances, subsistence, and accommodation) are all borne by the volunteer as an individual. Volunteers can work from remote places as well depending upon the agreement with the supervisor. The volunteer agreements can be renewed once for a maximum duration of 3 months. The expected final output is an attachment report describing activities performed and learning achieved by the volunteer. Apply as an Intern or Research Fellow volunteer with ICRAF
ICRAF engages interested MS ad PhD degree holders as Research Associates. Research Associates are people who already hold masters or PhD degrees and are interested to contribute to ICRAF’s work as junior professionals for short durations of 2 weeks to 3 months to stay engaged and gain experience while they are looking for professional jobs. They are provided a modest monthly scholarship depending upon the nature of assignment, quality of work needed and the financing available with the ICRAF unit where they are placed. They take care of their subsistence, insurances, and travel costs by themselves. ICRAF may support them in and may bear the cost of obtaining work/research permits at the location of placement, if required and reimburse flights to/from the origin to the duty station.