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Call for Applications for Ph.D. Fellowships under DAAD’s In-country/In-region Fellowship Program 2018 Round



Call for Applications for Ph.D. Fellowships under DAAD’s In-country/In-region Fellowship Program 2018 Round


1. About the World Agroforestry Centre:

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 visit

ICRAF is thus inviting applications from qualified Ph.D. candidates for innovative research topics related to Forestry, Agroforestry and Agro biodiversity that influence development programs in East African countries related to its four priority research themes (further information about ICRAF’s research can be found at

* Preference will be given to applicants who submit their research proposals around the following topics;

1) Understanding the role of agroforestry in Forest Landscape Restoration in East and Southern Africa

2) Agro ecological approaches to pest management in East and Southern Africa

3) Restoration of Kenya’s forest resources through new forms of translocal governance structures: Case study of Mt. Kenya and Mau forests

4)  Assessing the economics of climate smart agriculture. This research will assess the economics of climate smart agriculture at farm and landscape level. It will specifically investigate the cost and benefits of adoption by smallholder farmers of CSA technologies and practices and the policy environment for upscaling CSA at regional and national level. Fieldwork can be implemented in any of the following countries: Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia.

5) The synergies of the water-energy-food nexus. The water-energy-food nexus has a growing importance not only on each one of its elements but as a whole due to the interdependence of these elements. In sustainability terms, addressing the nexus requires an integrated analysis that needs various forms of quantifying it in different dimensions and scales simultaneously (Giampietro et al, 2014; Hoff, 2011; ).

6) Effect of gender integration and input delivery systems on uptake of agroforestry practices in Uganda 

7) Options for improved household green energy access and forest restoration in Uganda

- The zero-carbon cow: Defining low emission development pathways for Kenya’s most important agricultural component ( place your application for this topic through ILRI's portal)

This research aims to understand the synergies of the elements and systems  included in the nexus with a GIS application. The analysis of multiple systems rather than a multicriteria analysis will allow to better understand the synergies of the systems and individual criteria including social, environmental, economic and governance systems.

The fellowships comprise a stipendium 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, 2018/2019). 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 2011 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. 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/or IELTS/TOEFL scores or a proof of registration for one of these tests to be undertaken before May 31st, 2018)

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 2018 – August 2021 (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 by 2nd February, 2018 (23:59 Nairobi time). The essential documents required for applications are mentioned below. Applications received on or before  2nd February, 2018 (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 (

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, 2018 (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

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