ACCI PhD Scholarships in Plan Breeding in South Africa 2013
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ACCI funded PhD Scholarships in Plan Breeding for Students of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi or South Sudan in South Africa.

ACCI PhD Scholarships in  Plan Breeding

School: University of KwaZulu – Natal, Pietermaritzburg/ South Africa

Level:Doctoral (PhD) degree

Fields: Plant Breeding

Deadline:Contact Employer

Funded by:African Centre for Crop Improvement

Benefits: Please see website below

Beneficiaries:grants are open to students of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi or South Sudan.

Description

  • The African Centre for Crop Improvement is based on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
  • In Phase I, the ACCI was funded by the Rockefeller foundation.
  • In Phase II, the funds come from the PASS (Programme for Africa's Seed Systems program in AGRA, (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa: www.agra-alliance.org ).

  • In Phase III, existing students will complete their degrees and 17 new students will be training, with the objective of training plant breeders to fill gaps in plant breeding capacity in selected countries.

  • One of the objectives of AGRA is to train numerous plant breeders in Africa, working on developing and releasing new and improved cultivars of adapted food crops.
  • The aim of African Centre for Crop Improvement is to train African plant breeders in Eastern and Southern Africa, on African crops, to breed better crops using conventional and molecular breeding tools.
  • The focus is on the breeding of African and African grown Crops (cereals, roots and tubers and pulses) for increased drought tolerance and improved food security for the poor in Africa
  • African Centre for Crop Improvement at the University of KwaZulu – Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa offers this prestigious Phd scholarships to young African scientists who are keen to make Plant Breeding their career.
  • This involves 1 years of academic studies at the University of KwaZulu – Natal and 3 years of field research in the student home countries, at their home institution.

Eligibility

To qualify for ACCI Phd Scholarships in Plant Breeding , applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be under 40 years of age

  • Possess a MSc in either P Breeding , Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Crop Science or Horticultural Science or equivalent degree.

  • Have a position in their home country as an agricultural research scientist in a national agricultural research institution or NGO, or as a University lecturer.

  • Interested in African Centre for Crop Improvement crop focus: 
Students breed the following crops:

Cereals: sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, rice, and maize.

Roots: Cassava, sweet potato.

Pulses: dry beans, cowpea, groundnuts.

Given Ethiopia's unique crop mix, durum wheat, barley and teff are alternative research crops for this country only.

  • Be students from African countries where their research can be expected to lead to impact, e.g. Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.from one of the following countries: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi or South Sudan.
  • Note: Plant Breeders from West Africa should apply to the West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at edanquah@ug.edu.gh, where a parallel centre has been established at the University of Ghana, Lagon. Their goals, objectives and operations are very similar to those of the African Centre for Crop Improvement. Their focus countries are initially Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Mali and Nigeria.


ACCI Phd Scholarships Application Method:

  • Apply electronically.
  • For informal enquires, please contact Director:Professor Mark Laing
Email: laing@ukzn.ac.za
Tel/Fax: 27-33-2605524

Admin Assistant:
Email: acciadmin@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 27-33-2606288
Fax: 27-33-2605580

Postal Address:
African Centre for Crop Improvement 
University of KwaZulu-Natal
P/Bag X01
Scottsville
3209
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa




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