The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce the recipients of Dryland Cereal Research grants and Research Internships (MSc and Doctoral Field Attachments). RUFORUM in collaboration with CGIAR is implementing the Dryland Cereals Programme responding to the new RUFORUM business strategic plan 2020 which aims to build capacity of new generation of scientists. This will be achieved through real experiences within systems and value chains, exposure realized in advanced science labs and high performing employment ready graduates.
In 2014 RUFORUM signed a memorandum of Agreement with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT) to enable universities link with research institutions in order to build hands-on capacity of promising scientist in Africa through field attachments/ internships and collaborative research. Under this arrangement, graduates are expected to work on the research under the supervision of the university supervisor and CGIAR mentor who has expertise in the dry land cereal crop of their choice.
After a competitive and rigorous selection process, we are pleased to present to you the successful applicants for the dryland cereal fellowship programmes as per the categories below;
Research Fellowships for Doctoral Grants : A total of two Research doctoral grants have been awarded. The Doctoral Research grants aim at contributing to the student’s research, thesis preparation and dissemination of results to PhD students who are self – financed or sponsored and have successfully completed course work at a host university. The value of the scholarship is $15,000 per student.
Research Internships: The Research Internships which have been awarded in two parts as MSc and Doctoral Field Attachments. These are aiming to assist students to integrate research and employment experience and provide an opportunity to work with communities to encourage uptake. In addition, it provides an opportunity to deepen their research and more widely disseminate their results and prepare scientific paper.
- Doctoral Field Attachment : Specifically the Post MSc Field Attachments have been given to students who have successfully completed their MSc studies to enable them to more effectively disseminate their research findings and work with communities to encourage uptake. The value of the grant is $5,000 per student.
Post-Doctoral Research grants : Similarly, the post- doctoral research grants have been awarded competitively to those who have graduated, or who have handled in their dissertations and are waiting graduation. The value of each scholarship is $10,000.
The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals contributes to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the dryland regions of Africa and Asia, through the development and deployment of solutions for, crop management, post-harvest technologies and market access for dryland cereal crops including barley, finger millet, pearl millet and sorghum and is led by ICRISAT. The overall goal of the program is an increase in farm-level crop productivity and total crop production of at least 16% over the current baseline within a ten-year period, leading to increased grain, feed and fodder production to a total value of USD 30 billion, with the benefits flowing to 5.8 million smallholder farms. The program contributes to the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) and to the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).