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ILRI: Post-Graduate Fellowship for African Scientists
Closing date for applications: 30 April 2008
30 April 2008
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) one of the 15 future harvest centres, which conducts food and environmental research to help reduce poverty, hunger and environmental degradation by enhancing animal agriculture in developing countries. ILRI's headquarter is in Nairobi, Kenya with a second principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For more information on ILRI, please visit the web-site on www.ilri.org.

The Capacity Strengthening unit (CaSt) of ILRI is designed to build and strengthen the scientific knowledge and technical capacity of scientists, educators, technicians, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders in the livestock innovation systems in developing countries. ILRI's Capacity Strengthening activities are research based. The institute offers individual and group training courses. Support to Post Graduate training is one of the key components of the programme.

ILRI with the generous funding support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering five Ph.D scholarships for Livestock Researchers from the sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. ILRI invites applicants from young African scientists based at the research and learning institution. The priority research themes are:
  • Climate change, impacts and adaptation
  • Livestock, environment and sustainability
  • Emerging diseases, impacts and human health
  • Market access, value chain analysis and SPS
  • Risk, vulnerability and sustainability of pastoral systems
  • Animal genetics resources and breeding
  • Smallholder livestock intensification and implications
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Livestock Research and Development
The fellowship is only awarded for a maximum period of three years. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements for eligibility:
  • First degree with a second class upper division in agriculture, animal production any related subject
  • M.Sc degree in a livestock related discipline
  • Currently based at a research or an academic institution in SSA
  • Already registered or in the process of registering for a Ph.D degree in a regional university
  • The candidate may not exceed the age limit of 36 years by June 2008
  • Only candidates of Sub-Saharan African countries are eligible for this scholarship
The grantees are expected to register in one of the regional universities. The scholarship will cover the stipend, tuition fees and other related costs up to a maximum of USD 12,300.00 per year.

Application Procedure

Prospective candidates are expected to apply using the attached form. The closing date for application is 30th April 2008. The completed application form with the relevant attachments should be forwarded to:

Dr. P. Anandajayasekeram
Manager, Capacity Strengthening (CaSt)
International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI

Incomplete applications or applications that reach ILRI after the above mentioned deadline will not be considered. Only short listed candidates will be notified by the end of June 2008.

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