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ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships for study at ICIPE

Jan 17, 19
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Three-Year Doctoral Training in Insect and Related Sciences for Development

Deadline for applications: 11th February 2019

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD1) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for PhD scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

icipe (www.icipe.org) is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa. The Centre’s primary objective is to research and develop alternative and environmentally-friendly pest and vector management strategies that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and which are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities. icipe’s mandate extends to the conservation and use of the abundant insect biodiversity found in Africa. icipe is the only international centre in sub-Saharan Africa working primarily on arthropods. icipe works in a holistic and integrated approach through a 4H paradigm (Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health) with the aim of improving the overall health of communities in tropical Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and degradation of the environment.


The primary objective of ARPPIS is to prepare young researchers from Africa to compete in an internationally competitive research environment within national, regional and international research programmes. At icipe ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research facilities in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year PhD programme that includes research, training, developing research partnerships, writing scientific papers and grant proposals, and attending scientific meetings and international conferences. Scholars conduct their innovative research at icipe’s laboratories and at field sites located in various agro-ecological zones.

  • Six ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships are available to nationals of sub-Saharan countries for the following projects: LIST OF PROJECTS
  • The scholarships cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees and all research and training costs.
  • Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with an ARPPIS partner university in Africa after they start the PhD programme at icipe.
  • The ARPPIS PhD programme will commence from September 2019.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub-Saharan Africa. Some country restrictions apply. See LIST OF PROJECTS for more details.
  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum pass of second-class, upper division.
  • A Master’s degree taken with both coursework and research in the field of natural sciences or other field relevant to the PhD project.
  • The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups as well as candidates with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Qualified nationals of French- and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa are also encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a maximum age of 36 years (men) or 40 years (women) by 31st December 2019.
  • Additional specific entrance requirements will be considered for admission depending on the eligible PhD project(s) selected by the candidate. For information on applicant requirements for each project, go to LIST OF PROJECTS.
  • A working knowledge of English (written & spoken).
  • Completed application forms and accompanying supporting documents. Note: please start the application process as soon as possible, especially if some of the supporting documents are difficult to obtain.

Application Procedure

Full instructions and online application: LINK


Deadline for applications: 11th February 2019


In case of any questions regarding the ARPPIS PhD programme or your application, kindly contact: Ms. Vivian Atieno, Capacity Building Officer, Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme, icipevatieno@icipe.org Tel: +254 20 863 2272

We look forward to receiving your application.

  • DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and offers programmes and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. They also represent the German higher education system abroad, promoting Germany as an academic and research destination, and help build links between institutions around the world. For more information, go to http://nairobi.daad.de/en/.

Source: http://www.icipe.org/news/arppis-daad-phd-scholarships-study-icipe

PhD Graduate Fellowship: Adaptation Tracking, ILRI, Kenya (closing date: 17 August 2018)

Aug 06, 18
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The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a PhD Graduate Fellowship: Adaptation Tracking to develop, test, refine and fully operationalize frameworks and protocols for tracking adaptation and adaptive capacity in diverse East African livestock systems. Precise systems have not yet been determined but may range from (semi-)intensive dairy to extensive rangeland systems. Ideal candidates should already be conversant with climate change adaptation literature, have experience in developing research methodologies. Knowledge of pastoral livelihoods and ecology is a big plus.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org

The Position:

Political incentives and international obligations – namely the 2016 Paris Agreement – have created a situation where national governments must report progress on adaptation and improvements in adaptive capacity to the IPCC on a regular basis. However, adaptation and adaptive capacity are notoriously difficult to measure because they are conceptual constructs rather than discrete observable phenomena. Many conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches have been proposed for analyzing adaptation and adaptive capacity, but none have been widely replicated nor are results from diverse studies readily analyzable. This creates a political demand for a robust adaptation system, but little scientific support for any existing instruments.

ILRI Program: Sustainable Livestock Systems

Responsibilities of the fellow

  • Use new technologies and innovations to develop frameworks for climate change adaptation tracking
  • Develop, test and finalize adaptation tracking protocols for various East African livestock systems
  • Develop a user manual for final adaptation tracking protocols and train relevant governmental partners in their application
  • Data analysis
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement/participation
  • Make presentations at meetings as may be required

Requirements for the ideal candidate

  • MSc in social science research methodology; focus on monitoring and evaluation is a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience with climate change mitigation and adaptation is a major advantage
  • Must have strong analytical skills
  • Must have good communication skills
  • Must be a proactive and independent problem solver, and excellent team player.

Location: ILRI, Kenya.

Terms of appointment and stipend: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location, medical cover, air tickets, and research expenses. The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply: Applicants should submit; Cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position; what he/she can bring to the fellowship; names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience, certified copies of their certificates.

Applications should be made to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/ on or before 17 August 2018. The position title and reference number SLS/PhD GF/01/2018 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI, visit our websites at http://www.ilri.org/

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.