Research for Development Council of IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria, invites outstanding students of agriculture and related sciences from sub-Saharan African countries to compete for a limited number of postgraduate scholarships.
Through this initiative, which is aimed at expanding the corps of agricultural scientists in the region, IITA seeks to further strengthen the research capacity of NARES in sub-Saharan Africa.
Worth of award

  • Cost of travel to and from the host university; cost of travel to and from the IITA research location where the research will be undertaken; tuition fees; operational costs of research, allowances (for living expenses, books and thesis production); and a provision for insurance and medical expenses both at the host university and the research location.


  • The postgraduate scholarship program is open to nationals of sub-Saharan African countries.
  •  Candidates for an MSc scholarship must have a BSc or an equivalent degree while candidates for a PhD scholarship must have an MSc or an equivalent degree, in relevant agricultural sciences.
  • Employees of non-governmental organizations, private sector organizations, universities as well as employees of national agricultural research institutes are encouraged to apply.
  •  IITA is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.
  • Tenable in universities in African countries.
  • Preference is given to candidates who have secured admission to a university

Program Duration

  • MSc scholarship – 2 years;
  • PhD scholarship – 3 years.

Research Topic and Location

  • Successful candidates will conduct research in an area pertinent to IITA’s research agenda and their country’s agricultural development interest.
  •  They will be required to carry out their field research in an IITA project under the supervision of senior IITA scientists. The IITA research agenda addresses crop improvement, plant health, and resource and crop management within a farming systems framework.
  • Research focuses on smallholder cropping systems in the humid tropics of Africa and on the following major food crops: cassava, maize, plantain and banana, yam, cowpea, and soybean.

How to Apply

  • Applications should be submitted using the application form provided.
  • Applications should be sent to the Coordinator, Individual Training, at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). Contact the following:

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Oyo Road P.M.B. 5320
Oyo State, Nigeria
Phone: (234 2) 241 2626
E-mail:[email protected]
Fax: (234 2) 241 2221
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Carolyn House
26 Dingwall Road CROYDON, CR9 3EE
Phone: (44 20) 8686 9031
Fax: (44 20) 8681 8583
Deadline: Application deadline is not stated. Please contact the addresses above for clarification.
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