Call for Applications for Ph.D. Fellowships Under DAAD’s In-Country/In-Region Fellowship Program 2016 Round


1. About the organization:

The World Agroforestry Centre (also known as the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry or ICRAF) is an independent research institution that generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes. The Centre uses its research to inform policies and practices that benefit the poor and the environment– through developing agroforestry and landscape management innovations, tools and policy recommendations, for increased food security and ecosystem health. ICRAF regards MS and PhD fellowships as important means of developing excellent research capacity in developing countries.

The Centre’s headquarters is located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research and development activities are conducted in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ICRAF is supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and is a recipient of funding from over 50 different donors.

To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:

2. About DAAD Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), through its in-country/in-region fellowship initiative, is considering to fund Ph.D. Fellows who will conduct their Ph.D. studies in various aspects of agroforestry with ICRAF at its ongoing projects in East African offices (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania). For more information about DAAD in-country/in-region scholarships, please click here

ICRAF is thus inviting applications from qualified Ph.D. candidates for innovative Agroforestry related research topics that influence development programs in East African countries related to its six science domains (further information about ICRAF science domains can be found here):

  1. Systems Science
  2. Markets, value chains and institutions
  3. Tree diversity, domestication and delivery
  4. Land health decisions
  5. Environmental services
  6. Climate change

Apart from the general topics related to the above themes, qualified applicants may also submit proposals for the following specific topics:

  1. Smallholder wood value chains and their implications for household income security in Mt. Elgon region, Uganda
  2. Agroforestry options for Improving Nutrient and Water use efficiencies for enhanced Food security in Uganda
  3. Characterizing the abundance and diversity of ice-nucleating and other phyllosphere organisms and linkages to tree-leaf traits in Ethiopia.

The fellowships comprise a stipend at DAAD approved rates varying for national/international scholars, medical and accidental insurances, hosting costs at ICRAF, university registration and tuition fee according to DAAD rates, and research costs (for pertinent details, see the attached document (Information Sheet for Scholars, 2016/2017). The actual details of fellowship may vary depending upon the agreed arrangements between DAAD and ICRAF. The scholars will need to register at one of ICRAF’s partner universities at the location of the project and commit to complete their Ph.D. degree within 3 years from the date of start of the fellowship.

3. Qualifications:

  1. A completed Master’s degree in related field of study obtained in 2010 or later from an accredited academic institution with above average results;
  2. Full-time availability of the candidate for studies and research (part-time PhD candidates do not qualify for this call);
  3. Being a national of Sub-Saharan Africa;
  4. Proof of admission to the desired degree course or official letter assuring admission
  5. Excellent command of English language (demonstrated through a Master’s level thesis written and defended in English and IELTS/TOEFL scores or a proof of registration for one of these tests to be undertaken before June 7th, 2016)

Staff Members of Academic and/or Research Institutions are encouraged to apply but will be required to produce a letter of release / approved study leave from their respective institution

4. Period of Fellowship

Earliest: Sept 2016 – August 2019 (initially the fellowship will be awarded for one year which can be extended annually depending on the performance). The dates may vary depending upon the contractual arrangements between ICRAF and the student, or with the academic institutions where candidates are registered.

5. Terms and conditions

  1. The scholarship will initially be granted for one year and may be extended upon individual request and receipt of a complete application by using the provided forms and satisfactory performance;
  2. In some instances, candidates may have to travel to other countries for data collection/ and or analysis, or for a placement in Germany
  3. For the payment of stipendium, the selected candidates will be treated as locals for the locations of research (example: a Ugandan selected for work in Ethiopia. The difference in cost of living will not be considered in the stipend).
  4. Any attempt to influence the short-listing or selection process at ICRAF or DAAD will lead to rejection of the applicant.

6. Application Procedure

Female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.  Interested candidates should apply electronically by email to by 15th March, 2016. The essential documents required for applications are mentioned below. Applications received on or before  15th March, 2016 (23:59 Nairobi time) will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Before preparing applications for submissions, please read the guidance document titled “DAAD Guidelines for In Country_InRegion Scholarships_Eastern Africa_2016

6.1 Documents to be submitted with applications:

a. A letter of motivation (2 pages or less explaining your motivation for the topic, the relevance of previous studies, experiences and skills to that of the proposed research as well as your view on how the proposed PhD will allow you contributing to the development of your society) (word document);

b. Filled and signed DAAD Application Form for In-Country/In-Region Scholarships

c. Signed curriculum vitae; please use the Europass CV template (

d. Signed copy of the attached DAAD Information Sheet for Students

e. Certified and scanned copies of all university degree certificates

f. Certified and scanned copies of all university transcripts

g. Original Ph.D. research proposal (Plagiarism will be checked!) and a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages word document) describing the following:

1. Abstract of proposal on one page (including research title, name of applicant and proposed university/faculty/ institute where the candidate intends to register or is already registered as a PhD candidate. The abstract should capture the essence and innovativeness of the proposal)

2. Introduction, the development challenge that this research addresses or contributes to, scientific problem and knowledge gap articulation, and the objectives of the proposed research (up to 3 pages)

3. Data requirements, research methods proposed to collect the data, and analytical techniques/tools/approaches (2-3 pages)

4. Envisaged outputs and publication plan (1 page) with tentative titles of the proposed research articles

5. Proposed Work Plan (activities, milestones, timelines/timeframe) (1 page)

6.  Required resources (costs, research assistance, etc) (1 page)

7.  Supervision plan (proposed academic institutions, faculty/department school, lab) (1 page)

8. References (up to 2 pages)

h. Confirmation of the study leave from your employer, if employed.

i. IELTS/TOEFL Score cards or proof of registration for a test by May 31, 2016 (Scores can be submitted via email later if short-listed)

Please Note: All electronic files submitted should be named in such a way that the filename indicates what the document is and whose document (candidate’s name) it is.

(Example: UpdatedCV_Alexandar_Abacha.docx)

6.2 Selection Procedure:

ICRAF will shortlist qualified candidates based on quality of research proposals and availability of co-funding through ICRAF projects, as well as based on countries of interest by the applicants. Up to three short listed candidates will be invited for a virtual (skype/WebEx) or physical interview by an expert pannel. The lists of proposed candidates will be sent to DAAD for final selection.

Note: only short listed candidates will be contacted.

For further inquiries, please contact by email to


Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 23:45
Positions Available: 
Opportunity ID: 
20 162 017