2015/2016 University of Nairobi PhD Scholarships in the field of Agricultural Resource Management/Applied Economics, Geography and Geoinformatics

Application Deadline: May 15th 2015

The University of Nairobi hereby announces a PhD scholarship in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
and Lund University, Sweden, within the framework of an interdisciplinary research project on “Unravelling the Causes and Implications of Crop Productivity Gaps in Underperforming Regions through Integration of Geospatial, Biophysical and Socio-economic Factors”

The PhD Programme will be carried out jointly between the University of Nairobi and ICRAF with co-supervisors from the Swedish Universities. The student will spend about 3months at a Swedish university. The PhD student will be formally enrolled at University of Nairobi under the condition that is set by the Board of Postgraduate Studies and registered as a PhD Fellow at ICRAF

The PhD candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers and educators in the fields of geography, agronomy, soil science, agribusiness, agricultural resources management, as well as the general area of agricultural and applied economics.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Completion of a degree at the Masters level in a scientific subject of relevance for the project
    in a recognized University.
  • Excellent communication skills in English will be expected.
  • The ideal candidate should have basic training in some of the following areas: aerial photography,
    remote sensing, GIS, advanced statistics, and experience from agricultural studies.
  • Those with knowledge in image interpretation, land use/land cover mapping, soil and water resources applications using aerial and satellite imageries at various scales, together with experience in
    fieldwork, will have an added advantage.
Enclosures to the application:
  • Comprehensive Curriculum vitae
  • A pdf copy of a master thesis or equivalent independent work at the Masters level
  • Transcript of BSc and MSc exams including grades
  • Proof of proficiency in English Proficiency in relevant local/national language
  • A certified copy of national ID or passport
  • A list of at least three referees with contact details
  • A statement of purpose showing the motivation for seeking the PhD scholarship; the motivation for choosing the announced scientific discipline Scholarship conditions
Scholarship Worth:
  • The scholarship will cover approved fees for the study period in the University of Nairobi and field work cost
  • A monthly stipend
  • A visit to a Swedish University for at least 3 months during the project period
  • The candidate should be ready to abide by all the conditions set by the graduate school of the registering University
How to Apply:
  • The programme is expected to begin during the 2015/16 academic year of the University of Nairobi. However, the candidate may be required to spend a period of time working as a research assistant prior to the start of the academic year.
  • Deadline for applications is 15th May 2015.
  • A telephone/skype interview will be arranged for shortlisted applicants.
  • Where to send applications All applications should be sent to the following email addresses: [email protected]/[email protected], [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Nairobi PhD Scholarships 


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