PhD in Agriculture awards by Australian Government for African researchers for 2014 intake
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PhD in Agriculture awards which is funded by Australian Government is now announced Applications for the 2014 intake. Full details:

PhD in Agriculture awards by Australian Government for African researchers for 2014 intake

School (Institutions / Country): Participatory Institutions in Australia , enlisted here | Australia

Level: Doctoral (PhD) Degree

Field(s): Research in Agriculture

Deadline: 31 March 2013

Funded by: Australian Government

Beneficiaries( Target Groups): PhD in Agriculture awards is open for African researchers currently employed within the African agricultural research sector.

Benefits (Value/ Inclusions):

Scholarship covers: full tuition fees+travel costs+visa and living expenses covered.


‣ PhD in Agriculture awards (2014 Intake)

‣ Applications for the 2014 PhD Awards in Agriculture are now open. 

‣ Application forms and all supporting documents should be completed and submitted by 31 March 2013. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than this date, if possible.

PhD Application Pack 2014 Intake

(MS Word) (PDF format): All applicants should download and carefully read the information given in the PhD Application Pack 2014. The Application Pack outlines selection criteria and other useful information, including scholarship entitlements and responsibilities.

Applications for the 2014 PhD Awards in Agriculture are now open.

Application forms and all supporting documents should be completed and submitted by 31 March 2013. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than this date, if possible.

PhD Application Pack 2014 Intake

Applicants must meet the following requirements set out in the Desired Applicant Profile (DAP) for Agricultural PhD candidates:


Candidates must meet the following criteria to avail PhD in Agriculture awards.

You are a researcher currently employed within the African agricultural research sector, with a focus on bio-physical, social or economic sciences.

Being employed by a National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) or regional equivalent in Africa is highly desirable.

You wish to undertake doctoral level studies leading to the award of a PhD through an Australian institution:

  • in order to advance a field of study that is a formally recognised priority for your government/employer; and
  • that directly benefits existing, planned or desired research and development efforts of a NARI or regional equivalent.

You are proposing a research topic that will contribute to improving food security in Africa through increasing agricultural productivity, improving rural livelihoods through functioning of markets and trade, and building the resilience of communities most vulnerable to food insecurity.

In addition, the proposed field of study/research should also be:

  • reflective of national and regional priorities in Africa; and
  • desirably of relevance to the research or development objectives of one or more of the research partnerships being funded by Australia in Africa: (ACIAR, including the Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legumes project with SIMLESA; CSIRO - CORAF; CSIRO – BecA; the Australian International Food Security Centre).

You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained and research undertaken through the PhD to improve policy and practice in your home country or region in the proposed field of study/research. You will also demonstrate potential to make a future contribution to development in your home country, including a commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the PhD in Agriculture awards.

You have a possible research proposal and in-principle support from an Australian university supervisor and African counterpart institution supervisor.

‣‣ Gender Equality: Australia Awards in Africa targets equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees

‣‣ Disability Inclusion:Australia Awards aims to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.

Eligibility Criteria for PhD in Agriculture awards

You are a citizen of one of the following eligible African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia.

Applicants must normally be a resident in their country of citizenship, however some exceptions may be accepted if applicants are working for their government in a third country or applicants are residing in the immediate region.

You have a current offer from an Australian university for admission to a PhD program. You must provide a copy of the placement offer with your application.

You satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for Australian Development Scholarships, including meeting Australian tertiary institution entry requirements. In most cases this will require that candidates possess a qualification that is assessed to be the equivalent to an Australian Masters degree and be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research.

A minimum of two years relevant post-Masters work experience relevant to your proposed field of study is preferred.

English proficiency of a standard at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.

Note that some universities will require a higher score. The equivalent score required for the TOEFL test is: (i) for internet-based TOEFL (iBT), an Overall score of 90 or above, with a written score of no less than 23; (ii) for paper-based TOEFL (pBT), an Overall score of 577 or above, with a written of 5.0.

PhD in Agriculture awards applicants should provide proof of English proficiency with their application.

Applicants who do not prove their English language proficiency with their application may be tested as part of the selection process.

Note that PhD candidates are not eligible to receive supplementary English training, nor can their award offer include any period of pre-course English.

Support Service Options

Provision of course research support for short-listed candidates

Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis

Standard Australian Development Scholarship entitlements for awardees

For How to apply and further information, please see the official website.

Scholarship Application Method

Apply either electronically or using hard copy by downloading the hardcopy application form here.

Electronic Application

‣‣ Click on the link below “Click here to apply”

Register your personal details and click on “Request Application”

You will receive an email asking you to confirm your details

Once you have confirmed your details, the system will automatically send you an electronic application form via email

The Application Form is an Acrobat document that you may save on your local computer or another device and complete offline.

When you have completed your application form, email the form and all supporting documentation to  You may send as many emails as needed, provided you send the emails from the same email address.

If you experience any difficulties with the online application process please email

Hard Copy applications

If you cannot use the on line application process please complete the attached hard copy application form. Download the hardcopy application form here.

Hard Copy applications should be couriered to the relevant AAA Office Courier Address as indicated in the application form, however applicants are encouraged to submit an electronic application.

In the event that you encounter problems with completing the e-form or you are unable to send the hard copy application form via courier, please scan and email your completed application form and all supporting documents to

If you use this method of submission, please ensure that each attachment is labelled as follows: File Name_Your Name. (E.g. J Doe_Academic Transcripts)

‣ PhD in Agriculture awards Applications are due by March 31, 2013

It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the official website

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