The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility programme six African partner institutions and one EU Technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to strengthen fragile ecosystems (FE) management in Africa, which will lead into reduced environmental degradation and sustained food production by small-scale farmers.
A total of 23 Masters and 11 Doctorates will be trained in the thematic areas of Agroforestry, Ecology and Adaptation; Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Ethnobotany and Natural Resources Conservation and Valorization; Agro-Ecology and Food Systems; Forest, Ecosystem, Environment and Natural Resource Management.
The project will provide fellowships for full degree programs (PhDs and MSc) as well as short term mobility for students and staff and will run from 1st November 2017 until 31st October 2022.
The project is expected to contribute to:
a) establishing regional learning platform for improved fragile ecosystem management (FEM);
b) internationalizing and harmonizing of training in FEM;
c) enhancing skills of University administrative staff to manage mobility;
d) improving training skills of academic staff of targeted Universities and;
e) training of high caliber professionals in FE management.
The Call for applications is open from 22th February, 2018 and will close on 7th April, 2018. All interested candidates must apply online for both university admission and scholarship. Application for admission should be sent to the hosting university and a copy to the project coordinating office at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar. The application for scholarship should be sent to the project coordinating office with copy to the coordinator at the sending institution. Admission criteria and application forms are available on the program website (www.reform-africa.org) and partner websites.
The scholarships are open to candidates from Target group 1 (Senegal, Uganda, Benin, Malawi, Mozambique) and Target group 2 (DR Congo, Tunisia, Mali, Madagascar, Lesotho and Sudan).
Criteria for selection of students for scholarship
Selection of the students to benefit from the REFORM project will be done centrally by the project management team which is constituted by the representatives of the partner institutions. The project coordinator will be responsible for initiating the process of setting-up such a committee in comformity with the policies and procedures of the hosting and sending institutions.
Pre selection of candidates
The coordinating and partner institutions will advertise the positions available internally and externally using the noticeboards, project partners (including the REFORM) and RUFORUM website and public media where necessary. The advertisement will run for at least 40 working days and will indicate where and how to submit the applications as well as the requirements from the applicant. The requirements from the appliant will but not limited to:
Certified Certificates and Transcripts from recognised institutions by the national
At least two academic referees /recommendations,
Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV),
Letter of motivation for joining the programme applied for,
Concept note for proposed PhD research.
After the closure date of submission of applications, a compilation of the details of all applicants
will be summarized on a data sheet providing the following information.
Programme applied for,
Name of applicant,
Gender of applicant,
Age of the applicant,
Name and class of previous degree; and when obtained,
Other professional qualities acquired by the candidate that are relevant to the programme
Whether the candidate has attached all the required documents,
Any experiences in a relevant area