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Apply for the DAAD-RUFORUM In-Country/In-Region Doctoral Scholarships for African Students

Application Deadline: 8th February 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the DAAD-RUFORUM In-Country/In-Region Doctoral Scholarships for African Students. Interested students should see the details below.

Study in Germany: 2018 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Developing Country Scholarships

Scholarship Details and FAQs

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat is pleased to announce the fifth round of PhD scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) funding support. 

When is the application deadline?

8th February 2018

Is the scholarship/opportunity offered annually?


Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

What is the award about?

These scholarships are targeting both in-country/in-region (sub-Saharan Africa) applicants to support selected RUFORUM regional PhD Programmes in the Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). The scholarships are tenable for the 2018/19 academic period. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational cooperation with developing countries through various funding and scholarship programmes. The PhD training programmes will commence in September 2018; therefore, only candidates available to start the PhD training this September 2018 need to apply.

Fields of Study

The call is open to students who are interested/ registered in the following programmes:

  • PhD in Life Sciences at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Sciences and Technology – Tanzania (2in-region)
  • PhD in Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – Kenya (1 in-region & 1 in-country)
  • PhD in Plant Breeding & Biotechnology – Makerere University, Uganda(1 in-region 1 in-country);
  • PhD Agricultural and Rural Innovations at Makerere University, Uganda (1 in-region & 1 in- country)

What is the category of this opportunity?


How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  • Applications are invited from qualified candidates in relevant disciplines (the last university degree (MSc) must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application) from Sub Saharan Africa.
  • Female applicants, candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • It is important to note that applicants with other funding sources for their PhD programmes will not be considered for the DAAD/RUFORUM scholarships.

How many scholarship awards are available?

up to 8

Duration of Scholarship

The PhD Scholarships are available for a period of three years beginning in September 2018. The scholarships will be initially granted for one year and may be extended upon individual student request and receipt of a complete application by using the attached form provided by DAAD secretariat.

How to Apply for the Programme

  1. Certified copies of all university degree certificates
  2. Certified copies of all university transcripts
  3. At least temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission
  4. A Ph.D. research proposal (which must demonstrate relevance to development (the sections should include research area (background, rationale, objectives of the proposed research, proposed Methodology, and expected Results) and a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism will be checked by DAAD!
  5. An abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)
  6. A recommendation letter by head of department indicating that you are a member or prospective member of staff and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university.
  7. Confirmation of study leave from your university (if applicable)
  8. Confirmation of teaching release (university staff members only)
  9. A letter from the applicant confirming availability to start PhD studies in September 2018 at the host university

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