Masters/Post Graduate Scholarship at WorldFish

Scholarship at WorldFish Details

Language(s) required the Scholarship at WorldFish Fluent written and spoken English, local language (required).


WorldFish is an international, non-for-profit research organization that works to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. With a 45-years track record of leading-edge science, WorldFish generates research evidence and innovations to inform sustainable practices and inclusive policies that enable better livelihoods and healthier diets for millions of poor people, particularly women, who depend on fish for food, nutrition and income. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR , the world’s largest global partnership on agriculture research and innovation for a food secure future. Headquartered in Penang, Malaysia and with regional offices across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish leads the cross-disciplinary CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH).


The Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences (DMFS), College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) of the University of Ghana (UG) in collaboration with WorldFish and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute are offering a unique learning opportunity for gifted graduate students for two years duration to contribute to a regional project on Aquatic Animal Health research and education to support sustainable aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa.


African aquaculture is growing rapidly. Tilapia and catfish are the two most important farmed fish species in Africa. Little attention and research investments have been made to better understand disease epidemiology and control mechanisms in these cultured fish groups. With increased intensification and resultant proliferation of fish diseases, many African countries are now realizing the importance of biosecurity governance and building better aquatic animal health research capacity and management to support sustainable development of aquaculture in the continent. International partnerships and collaboration with expert institutions can facilitate the transition for African countries to develop and implement better biosecurity governance.

Increased Sustainability in the Aquaculture Sector in SSA, through Improved Aquatic Animal Health Management is a regional project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation – Norad. Under this project, 6 master students will be enrolled to Ghanaian University with unique opportunity to be trained at WorldFish facility in Egypt, Fish for Africa Innovation Hub, and co-supervised by WorldFish and the Norwegian Veterinary Institute experts.

Entry Requirements

We are looking for talented 6 students with background/interest in one or more domains of the following areas: fish biology, epidemiology and aquatic animal health management, microbiology, parasitology, virology, rapid molecular diagnostic, vaccinology, antimicrobial resistance and contaminants, policy analysis or economics

Applicant must be in full employment in a relevant institution or company.
You must have obtained a first higher education degree in Biological, Veterinary or related Sciences from a recognized university with a good grade.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English.
Willing to travel.
Strong skills in planning and management.
Excellent interpersonal skills and able to work in a team-oriented multi-cultural environment.
Trustworthy and high level of integrity.

The studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees, travel, research, thesis production and publication plus stipend for 2 years.

Our Offer

This is Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position. The successful candidate will be legally contracted by University of Ghana.

The positions for 6 master students will be based in Ghana with significant travel for training in Egypt. Interviews are expected to be held before the end of April 2021.Only shortlisted candidate will be notified and expected to attend the interview.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit the following information latest by 4 April 2021:

A proof of employment.
A cover letter including one-page (max) description of why you are an ideal candidate.
A current curriculum vitae.
Names and contacts (telephone, fax, and e-mail addresses) of two professional referees who are familiar with your qualifications. Your nominated referees ideally should have persons from each of the following category: direct supervisor, internal peer and/or direct report.
Screening will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Whilst we appreciate all interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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