2016/2017 Africa’s Land and Food Fellowship’ (ALFF) Programme for study in Royal Agricultural university, UK (Fully Funded)

Application Deadlines:

Expression of Interest: 31st August 2015

Completing Full Application: 31st October 2015

The African Fellowship Trust is a registered UK charity with overview of the ‘Africa’s Land and Food Fellowship’ (ALFF) programme. The ALFF programme offers Scholarships for African students to study at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester in the UK, with industrial placements at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University.

The African Fellowship Trust maintains close contact with Fellows when they return home in order to monitor progress on projects and careers.

Since the Fellowship was launched in 2005, over £1.8 million has been generously provided by the private sector, foundations and charities in support of the programme. Since 2012 the UK Government has also supported Fellows through Chevening Scholarships.

This funding is provided for leadership training; the development of professional networks and supporting industrial experience, together with study opportunities on Master’s programmes in agriculture, agri-business, food and rural development at the Royal Agricultural University. 

The Fellowship Details:

  • The programme is linked to four Masters Programmes: MSc’s in International Rural Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security and Business Management plus the MBA in International Food and Agri-business.

Eligbility Requirements:

  • Fellowships are open to Africans from Sub-Saharan Africa who have experience in agriculture, agri-business, food or natural resource management; an interest in land reform; and a desire to make a strategic and sustainable contribution to Africa’s development. In short, tomorrow’s innovators and leaders.

Fellowship Worth:

  • Scholarships cover tuition fees, board and accommodation, flights to and from the UK, provision for networking and a short industrial placement either in Africa or in the UK.
  • Scholarships also cover incidental costs whilst in the UK and on placement; however, applicants are advised that funding does not include provision for home and family costs.
  • Furthermore, Fellows are expected to return to their own countries following their UK studies to complete their programme and ‘begin to make a difference’.

Application Deadline:

Nationals from sub-Saharan Africa are invited to apply for a Fellowship. In order to help you focus on the main objectives of the programme, we are introducing a two-stage process; Expressions of interest (EOI), followed by an invitation to apply to the Royal Agricultural University (and other possible funders).

Step 1: Completing an Expression of Interest (1st July to 31st August 2015)

  • Applicants are invited to express their interest in the Fellowship programme (EOI) by completing a shortened application form consisting of a short CV and a response to two key development questions.
  • In this EOI RAU are particularly interested to hear about the development challenges facing your community or business sector and would like to know how you think you could make a difference when you return home after completing the Fellowship programme.
  • Download the Expression of Interest form.This EOI should be e-mailed to [email protected].

Step 2: Completing a Full Application (14th September – 31st October 2015}

Those long-listed from the submitted EOI’s will be sent a Fellowship application form to complete along with forms for Referees.

If you have submitted your EOI by e-mail, we will send forms back to the e-mail used; if you have posted the EOI then we will also send you the application forms by post

Enquiries: email [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  2016/2017 Africa’s Land and Food Fellowship’ (ALFF) Programme


  1. When exactly is the first semester starting? Is it at the Beginning of the year or Mid-year?

  2. I am Haftu from Ethiopia. i was one of top ranked students 2016/17 African land and food fellowship sep. 2016 entry. i was informed to wait untill the end of may 2016. i am waiting your positive response.


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