Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Research Fellowships in Africa, 2014

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) offers research fellowships in the field of biosciences, agriculture or related subject at a national agricultural research organization or university in a BecA-ILRI Hub target country. Fellowships are available for pursuing MSc or PhD program. Early applicants will be notified in Dec 1st 2013. The notification process will be completed by April 30th 2014. The application deadline is February 28th 2014.. The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. In addition, the BecA-ILRI Hub provides research-related services and capacity building opportunities to eastern and central Africa and beyond. The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF), managed by the BecA-ILRI Hub, provides fellowships to scientists and graduate students from African national agricultural research organisations and universities to undertake biosciences research-for-development projects at the BecA-ILRI Hub. The purpose of the ABCF fellowship programme is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub by African researchers. We seek applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (3-12 months) that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub. Projects must be in the area of food and nutritional security or food safety in Africa..  Fellowships are available for pursuing MSc or PhD program at a national agricultural research organization or university in a BecA-ILRI Hub target country.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Fellowships are provided in the field of biosciences, agriculture or related subject at a national agricultural research organization or university in a BecA-ILRI Hub target country.
Who can apply to this scholarship? A national of a BecA
· ILRI Hub target country: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda. In exceptional cases we may consider applicants from other African countries;
· A researcher at a national agricultural research organization or university in a BecA
· ILRI Hub target country;
· Currently engaged in agricultural research, or in a research area with relevance to agriculture;
· Qualified MSc or PhD in biosciences, agriculture or related subject. In exceptional cases we may consider applicants with a bachelor’s degree;
· Good working knowledge of written and spoken English.
Benefits of the scholarship: Research at the BecA-ILRI Hub, Travel, Medical insurance, Accommodation and Living allowance. -Please note that fellowships do not cover the cost of fieldwork or research at the applicant’s home institute.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Not Known
Number of scholarships:  Not Known

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