Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies Training Institute (ASTI) 2017 for Young scholars (Fully Funded to Harare, Zimbabwe)

Application Deadline: 30 June 2017.

The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), in collaboration with the Agrarian South Network invites applications from post-graduate students and social movements’ activists from the Global South to participate in the 2017 First Edition of the Agrarian Studies Training Institute (ASTI).

The ASTI will be preceded by an academic workshop titled: “Sustainable Development Goals and Agrarian Transformations in the Global South: Trends and Opportunities” which will be co-organized by SMAIAS and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), therefore, successful candidates will attend both trainings as part of the month long programme.

Both the workshop and the ASTI will offer a unique opportunity for international academic exchange of a high scholarly standard for both faculty and students. They will generate new knowledge based on shared experiences among researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and promote the building of networking capacity among young scholars and activists in the Global South.

Dates and venue of the Institute

The entire programme which includes both the Academic Workshop and the Institute will last for 1 month and will take place in Harare from the 23rd of October until 17th November 2017.


  • Young scholars resident in countries from the Global South pursuing Doctoral degrees or recently completed a Masters degree and planning to enroll for a PhD are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Social movement activists who possess a Masters qualification and are engaged in agrarian policy lobby and advocacy are also encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will however be given to activists who are planning to enroll for a PhD degree. Although students will be asked to write an essay in the language of their understanding (i.e. English, French and Portuguese) they are expected to have a working knowledge of English.


  • Successful candidates will be fully funded by SMAIAS, including a return air ticket from home country and food and accommodation costs during their stay in Harare.


  • Applications should be sent via email and addressed to: [email protected] and [email protected].
  • Enquiries about the course should also be forwarded to the same addresses.
  • The deadline for the receipt of applications is 30 June 2017.
  • Successful candidates will be notified by 15 July 2017.


a) A one-page letter of motivation indicating their interest to participate at the Institute and detail how they will benefit from the engagements.

b) A Curriculum Vitae complete with names of professional and personal referees (supervisors included) of the prospective participants, discipline being worked on, and summary of ongoing research activities.

c) A certified copy of the highest university degree obtained by the applicant.

d) A certified copy of valid passport (at least six months before the commencement of the course).

e) A letter from the applicant’s institution supporting his/her candidature.

f) A sample of a paper, article or thesis chapter authored by the applicant.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Agrarian Studies Training Institute (ASTI)


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