The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS are offering three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya.
SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in a developing country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 12 months.
FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship is granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD at any university in a developing country.
Worth of Award

  • The programme envisages only one journey to the host country.
  • Icipe will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
  • The language of instruction for foreign scholars in icipe is English.

Eligibility
 

  • Applicants for the full-time postgraduate fellowships must:
  •  be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • be a maximum of between 35 and 40 years of age by 31 December in the year of application;
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master’s degree);
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country/country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member;
  • have official acceptance at an eligible department, institution or laboratory at icipe.

Applicants for sandwich postgraduate fellowships must:

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  •  be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master’s degree);
  • be registered PhD students in a developing country and provide a ‘Registration and No Objection Certificate’ from their home university;
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member;
  • Have a letter of agreement of his/her supervisor in his/her home country and an acceptance letter at an eligible department, institution or laboratory of the icipe. Both the home and the host supervisors are obligated to collaborate, in order to accompany the development of the awardee’s research;
  •  There is no age limit for these positions.

How to Apply

  • For sandwich fellowships (only if already registered for a PhD in the HOME country), applicants must ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the university sends a signed copy of the ‘Registration and No Objection Certificate’ on institutional headed paper to TWAS.
  • Applicants should submit the acceptance letter from the chosen department to TWAS when applying, or by the deadline at the latest. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters: Referees must send signed letters as attachments via e-mail directly to TWAS only. The subject line must contain: icipe/PG/candidate’s surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed envelopes.
  • Applicants to the TWAS-icipe Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should send their application to TWAS only.
  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the Visiting Scientists programme, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD are mutually exclusive.

Deadline: Application closes on September 15, 2014.
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