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DAAD-ARPPIS doctoral scholarships available for study at icipe, Kenya

3­year doctoral training in insect sciences for development

Deadline for applications: 22nd March 2016

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

ARPPIS PhD Programme

ARPPIS is a partnership with African universities with scholarship support from DAAD, which offers three-year doctoral research scholarships aimed at preparing young researchers from Africa for internationally competitive research careers in insect and related sciences.

At icipe ARPPIS scholars are provided with excellent research facilities in an interdisciplinary environment within a structured, three-year training programme that includes research, training, seminars and participation in scientific meetings and international conferences. Scholars conduct their research at icipe’s laboratories as well as at field sites located in various agro-ecological zones.

  • DAAD-ARPPIS PhD scholarships are available to nationals of sub-Saharan countries.
  • 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 carry out their research in selected projects at icipe. For a list of the 12 Eligible Projects go to: http://scholarships.icipe.org/application/documents/phd_projects.pdf
  • Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with an ARPPIS partner university in Africa after they commence their PhD programme at icipe.
  • The ARPPIS PhD programme will commence in September 2016.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.
  • The applicant must be a national of a country in sub-Sahara Africa.
  • Qualified female candidates, candidates from less privileged regions or groups, and 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 2016.
  • Additional specific entrance requirements will be considered for admission depending on the PhD project(s) selected by the candidate. See the applicant requirements for each project here:http://scholarships.icipe.org/application/documents/phd_projects.pdf
  • A working knowledge of English (written & spoken).
  • Completed application forms and accompanying supporting documents.

Application Procedure

Full instructions and online application:  http://scholarships.icipe.org/application/


Deadline for applications: 22nd March 2016

In case of any questions regarding the ARPPIS PhD programme or your application, kindly contact:

Ms. Lilian Igweta, Training Officer, Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme, icipe, ligweta@icipe.org,  Tel: +254 20 863 2272

We look forward to receiving your application.

icipe is an international scientific research institute, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works towards improving lives and livelihoods of people in Africa. The centre’s main 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 rich insect biodiversity found in Africa. icipe is the only international centre in sub-Saharan Africa working primarily on arthropods.icipe’s focus is on sustainable development using human health as the basis and the environment as the foundation for sustainability. icipe works in a holistic and integrated approach through a 4-H 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. For more information go to www.icipe.org.

DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and offers programs 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/.