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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

PhD Plant Breeding Scholarships - West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)

Overview

Scholarships at the University of Ghana are available to scientists working at National Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities in West Africa to pursue a Ph.D in Plant breeding.

Eight students per year will be admitted over a period of five years in the first phase of the programme.

Each student will follow a 5 year programme leading to the award of a Ph.D (Plant Breeding) upon successful completion.

The programme consists of two stages: two years of academic study at the University of Ghana and three years of field research at the student's research station/university in his/her home country.

The course work and research will focus on the following West Africa food crops:

Cereals: maize, rice, sorghum, millet

Root and tubers: cassava and sweet potato

Legumes: cowpea and groundnut

Vegetables: tomato and pepper.

Eligibility:The WACCI programme is specifically for full-time, professional plant breeders who will make their careers breeding new cultivars of food crops.

Prospective students must have:

•an MSc/MPhil in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop Science, Applied Entomology, Applied Nematology or equivalent degree.


•a position as an agricultural research scientist in a national research institute or university in the potential student's home country is also essential, so that the student can return to his/her home country to conduct the field research for the PhD thesis.

•Applicants should be under the age of 40.

The WACCI will pay a stipend that will cover reasonable personal living expenses for the duration of the degree (5 years) including the cost of a return air ticket from the students' home countries.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply for a fellowship under this programme.

Deadline: 01 August each year.

For details on how to apply and application materials, contact: PhD Plant Breeding Scholarships Website

Source: http://www.advance-africa.com/PhD-Plant-Breeding-Scholarships.html


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