Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission invites applications for the MSc and PhD Scholarships for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa / GENES in the 2018/2019 academic year.

Project Details

Feeding the increasing populations in Africa requires radical transformation of a largely underdeveloped agriculture over the next four decades. A major challenge is how to increase agricultural production among resource-poor farmers without exacerbating environmental problems and simultaneously coping with climate change, a critical force driving low agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Genomics offers a precise, quick, non-expensive technology that complements classic breeding approaches. However, despite the tremendous progress observed in genetics and molecular breeding worldwide, African universities have remained poorly involved in such technologies with low capacity and poor facilities.
  • This makes it difficult to apply those powerful technologies to improve African crops. Genomics cultivar development and constraints of the target universities and countries were matters of focus in recent years. Recently, the molecular hub of Africa BecA-ILRI (in Kenya) was equipped with genotyping by sequencing (GBS) facility with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation. This facility, termed the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform offers a new perspective for training young scholars to equip them in designing and developing molecular approaches to increase the potential of genomic breeding to help adapt crops to climate change. In anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics, the GENES Project was established.
  • GENES clearly exhibits the potential to accelerate the process of in-depth reform, scope, quality, and harmonization of genomic breeding training programmes throughout Africa. GENES will also reshape academic research adapted to the continent’s needs with a focus on the adaptation strategies using genomics, metabolomics, and transcriptomics. As curriculum review takes place at intervals within the University systems following standard procedures, jarmonization of programmes can take place among higher education institutions (HEIs) in the consortium. One of the major outputs of GENES partnership will be the establishment and reinforcement of programmatic relationship between four universities from three regions of Africa – two universities in western Africa, (Ebonyi State University in Nigeria and the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin), one university in eastern Africa (Jimma University in Ethiopia) and one university in central Africa (University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon). GENES is another opportunity to facilitate recognition and improvement of studies and enable the application of academic credit transfers between universities.

The GENES mobility grant is open to all students from any of the partner universities (Target Group 1) and to students from other African universities (Target Group 2). Currently, 10 PhD and 20 MSc scholarships are available.

Worth of Award

Currently, 10 PhD and 20 MSc scholarships are available.

Master’s:

  • Monthly stipends (600 Euros)
  • Participation costs (per academic year only for mobility equal or longer than 10 months) (3000 Euros)
  • Research costs (per academic year only for mobility equal or longer than 10 months) (600 Euros)
  • Insurance (per month) (75 Euros)

PhD:

  • Monthly stipends (900 Euros)
  • Participation costs (per academic year only for mobility equal or longer than 10 months) (4000 Euros)
  • Research costs (per academic year only for mobility equal or longer than 10 months) (2000 Euros)
  • Insurance (per month) (75 Euros)

Eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship (i.e. financial support to third parties), master students as well as doctoral candidates referred to as ‘’students’’ must comply with the criteria below at the time of the application for a scholarship:
a) be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Intra-Africa Mobility programme of the EACEA, and
b) be registered/admitted in or having obtained a HEI degree (or equivalent) from

i. one of the HEIs is included in the GENES consortium (Target group 1)

ii. a HEIs is not included in the GENES consortium but established in an eligible country (Target group 2) and
c) have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.
d) NB: students with one-year post B.Sc but not yet admitted or registered in any of the Partner HEIs is also eligible to apply. However, mobility will begin in second year of the study, i.e. sponsorship from GENES will be for research work, only.
Students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa or IntraACP academic mobility scheme (regardless the type of mobility or the funding project).
Students having benefited from scholarship(s) under the previous intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme cannot receive a scholarship under the Intra-Africa academic mobility.

How to Apply

The GENES mobility grant is open to all students from any of the partner universities (Target Group 1) and to students from other African universities (Target Group 2). Currently, 10 PhD and 20 MSc scholarships are available.

Target Group 1: This category includes students enrolled (for M.Sc application) or graduated (for PhD application) from all partner universities as follows: 1. Ebonyi State University; Nigeria 2. University of Abomey-Calavi; Benin 3. Jimma University; Ethiopia 4. University of Yaunde 1

Target Group 2: Students from all African countries.

  • Applicants should submit completed application and all supporting documents by email to [email protected] with a copy to Mr Dennis Okporie, [email protected]
  • They should indicate in the subject line (if  submitting by email) or super scribe the envelope (if submitting by post) ‘Application for GENES MSc/PhD programme’.
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • Applications should be sent to: g[email protected] with copy to Mr Dennis Okporie, [email protected]
  • Contact information: Department of Crop Production & Landscape Management Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources Management Ebonyi State University, P. M. B. 053, Abakaliki, Nigeria. +234 8086612106 Email: [email protected]

Deadline: applications close 30 May 2018

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