Call for Applications for Ph.D. Fellowships Under DAAD’s In-Country/In-Region Fellowship Program 2017 Round


1. About the World Agroforestry Center:

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(www.worldagroforestry.org).

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 four priority research themes (further information about ICRAF’s research can be found here):

  1.  Climate, Environmental Services and Landscape Governance
  2. Land Health Restoration and Investments
  3. Trees for Resilient Livelihood Systems
  4. Improved Tree Germplasm, Diversity, Products and Value Chains


Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit proposals against the following specific topics:

  1. Comparative study of input supply systems for important agroforestry crops in tropics (cocoa, tea, coffee, rubber and oil palm);
  2. Factors and dynamics constraining the Planning and Uptake of Soil and Water Conservation Practices at Watershed Level in the Semi-Arid Tropics: Case Studies for Kenya and Ethiopia
  3. Domesticating Calotropis procera: productivity response to different farming treatments
  4. Effect of gender integration and input delivery systems on uptake of agroforestry practices in Uganda
  5. Increasing trees cover on-farm for improving soil  nutrients management and crop productivity  in  sub-humid and semi-arid environment of Rwanda


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, 2017/2018). 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 institutions. Eligible female candidates, candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities meeting required qualifications and conditions will receive preference.

4. Period of Fellowship

Earliest: Sept 2017 – August 2020 (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

Interested candidates should apply electronically by email to i.ingumba@cgiar.org by 11th February, 2017. The essential documents required for applications are mentioned below. Applications received on or before 11th February, 2017 (23:59 Nairobi time) will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 (http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu)

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 the 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 and research questions 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, 2017 (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, who will make the final decision about the award of fellowship.

Note: only short listed candidates will be contacted.

For further inquiries, please contact by email to i.ingumba@cgiar.org

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 23:45
Positions Available: 
Opportunity ID: 
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