Scholarship Opportunities in Africa 2020
Fertilizer Research And Responsible Implementation
Balanced fertilizers are essential for sustainable agricultural intensification, certainly so on the African continent. Widespread adoption of appropriate fertilizers requires a transformation of the fertilizer and food systems that must be driven by evidence-based agrotechnical perspectives embedded in multi-stakeholder processes to create enabling conditions for adoption.
This public-private program “Fertilizer Research and Responsible Implementation (FERARI)” will be conducted in the Northern regions of Ghana and integrate 1) an on-the-ground implementation program to develop the fertilizer value chain and 2) transdisciplinary research by sandwich PhD’s and Postdoc’s.
The program will, among others, interact with the Ghanaian Agricultural Programs, programs from the lead institute IFDC, and programs of other directly and indirectly involved institutions, to reach impact at scale. The graduates will be supervised by promotors from Wageningen University and co-supervised by scientist from IFDC, the University Mohammed VI Polytechnique in Morocco and various Ghanaian Universities.
We are looking for 5 candidates for a Sandwich PhD program on four different disciplinary areas that will intensively interact to conducts the outlines research in direct collaboration with on-the-ground implementation activities. There is a strong preference for, and priority given to candidates from Ghana and Morocco to apply.
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P, https://www.um6p.ma/en) is an international higher education institution, established to provide research and innovation at the service of education and development for Morocco and the African continent. It has a state-of-the-art campus at the heart of the Green City of Benguerir, near Marrakesh. UM6P’s research approach promotes transdisciplinary and entrepreneurship spirit with an emphasis on international collaboration. This research program is conducted by the Agriculture Innovation and Technology Transfer Center (AITTC) of UM6P, in collaboration with IFDC, Wageningen University, and various Ghanaian Universities.
The major client of UM6P is the OCP group (http://www.ocpgroup.ma/en/home), a world leader in fertilizer production, providing capital and research funds to the University. In parallel, a new portfolio of clients is growing, with the development of an R&D cluster around the University and a growing number of international partnerships.
About IFDC :
IFDC (https://ifdc.org/) is a public international organization, governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing countries. Since 1974, IFDC has focused on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in over 100 developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. The organization’s collaborative partnerships combine cutting-edge research and development with on-site training and education. IFDC has contributed to the development of institutional capacity building in 150 countries through more than 700 formal training programs, primarily as part of IFDC’s long-term agricultural development projects. Demonstration plots, farmer field schools and in-field trainings have assisted millions of farmers in developing countries.
About Wageningen University :
Wageningen University & Research (https://www.wur.nl/en/wageningen-university.htm), is the only university in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’, by working closely together with governments and the business community. Wageningen University’s research and education are based on a fundamental scientific approach and accordingly strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close collaboration between different fields of expertise including both natural and social sciences. The University’s mission is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.” The top quality of research at Wageningen University is crowned with the university’s position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain.
PhD 1: Analytical framework for fertilizer recommendation
PhD1 will focus on developing, applying and validating a Machine Learning model for yield prediction in Ghana. The innovative aspects are in the implementation of tailor-made Machine Learning models for agronomic applications. These shall include crop and site-specific fertilizer recommendations in terms of amounts, composition and application method. Prior to the model development, PhD1 shall be involved in the collection and compilation of yield and covariate data in a harmonized database. This is the groundwork required for subsequent sub-projects and will involve evaluating various data sources and publications on usable data, using the network of project partners to obtain datasets, harmonizing the data and checking their accuracy. The validation of the model shall be carried out in Northern and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. The selected candidate must have a background in data science with experience in agronomy and soil science.
PhD 2: Effects of fertilization on productivity and nutritional quality of crops
PhD2 will focus on understanding the effects of fertility management through a range of fertilizer and organic inputs in a legume-cereal rotation and relay intercropping arrangements on crop and field productivity and nutritional value of produced grain (human nutrition) and straw (animal feed or soil organic matter as appropriate). The scientific innovation will be in enhancing our understanding of how blends including macro- and micro-nutrients can best be targeted in cereal-legume systems for enhanced food system and economic benefits at household level. The work is essentially experimental using on-farm, but researcher managed trials and analyzing the outcomes through a combination of statistics and process-based models to elucidate both effect sizes and variability and possible underlying causes. The successful candidate for this position has a background in crop physiology or crop science and training in quantitative approaches and systems analysis.
PhD 3: Socio-technical fertilizer interventions on farm productivity
PhD 3 will evaluate and experiment with socio-technical intervention in fertility management
focus on the farm management practices with respect to crop-soil fertility strategies and fertilizer application. The analysis integrates agronomic effects (e.g. nutrients balances, crop performance, weed control) and social effects (e.g. labor allocation, skill and knowledge requirements, costs and benefits). The analysis will be done for farms included in the government programs in Northern Ghana and Brong Ahafo, providing farmers with ‘balanced fertilizers.’ The sample will further consist of several farms where fertility experiments are applied (PhD 2). A baseline will be created from existing baseline data and several ‘control’ farms (not involved in the government program and experiments). The study will make a further analysis of outcomes in the short (the same year) and medium term (adaptation, adoption, rejection in the first two years after the intervention) and create a model (terms of reference) for a long-term impact analysis (5-10 years). The successful candidate for this position has a background MSc in agronomy or crop science with proven training in social science subjects or an MSc in social science with proven training in agronomy or crop science.
PhD 4: Socio-economic factors enhancing sustainable agricultural intensification
It is increasingly being realized that sustainable agricultural intensification in large parts of Africa requires enhancing farm productivity through integrated soil fertility management as well as promoting high value agricultural product chains and development of the rural non-farm economy. The aim of this PhD research is to improve the understanding of socio-economic factors that play a role in sustainable agricultural intensification in Northern Ghana. Research questions will center around farmers’ choices for fertilization packages, bottlenecks and institutional arrangements in the fertilizer value chain, and income sources of farmers. Answers to these research questions will be provided through a combination of (official and grey) literature study, econometric analyses of data collected through a large-scale farm household survey, one or more experiments (e.g. on improved storage methods) and a conjoint experiment among smallholders living in different parts of Northern Ghana. Expected output consists of four publishable papers which will form the core of a PhD thesis.
PhD 5: Social differentiation and interdependence in soil fertility systems
This PhD project investigates the relations between investments in soil fertility and diversity within and between farming communities. As part of this, it explores the technical and social interdependencies that shape whether or not and how different types of farmers are willing and able to invest in soil fertility. Based on such understanding, the project sets out to test and evaluate the efficacy of newly designed social arrangements in enhancing investment in soil fertility. Finally, the PhD projects examines whether and how current how current research, extension and policy interventions in Ghana address key constraints and barriers to investment in soil fertility, and how these may be re-oriented to increase their likely impact.
Selected candidates will benefit from a full scholarship through the University Mohamed VI Polytechnique for a sandwich program at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Applications must include :
- A cover letter indicating how the profile of the candidate match with the required position
- A detailed CV.
- Contact information of 2 references
Application Deadline : March 15, 2020
Applicants : Available to applicants from Ghana or Morocco only.
A completed MSc in one of the following:
1) Soil science and statistical modelling using machine learning methods
2) Agronomy and crop modelling, socio-technical fertilizer interventions at farm level
4) Agricultural economics and/or
5) Agricultural sociology.
- Affinity with quantitative methodologies, modelling and handling large data sets for PhD’s 1 and
- Affinity with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in economics and social sciences for PhD’s 3, 4 and 5.
- Strong motivation to address the challenges in the FERARI program,
- excellent communication skills (written and oral) to interact among PhD candidates and with stakeholders in the value chain are essential ingredient to succeed in a dynamic environment.
- Affinity with teaching and working with (BSc and MSc) students is desired as well.
Nanyang Scholarship (CN Yang Scholars Programme)
The Nanyang Scholarship (CN Yang Scholars Programme) is awarded to outstanding freshmen in science and engineering fields. The CNYSP nurtures future leaders at the interface of science and engineering, with a focus on technological innovation and scientific communication.
Empowered by a strong science and engineering training, the programme curates multidisciplinary courses in mathematics, research, making-and-tinkering, internship, and global learning to prepare students to lead in the next phase of technological evolution.
Scholars will embark on this unique journey that truly embraces the spirits of innovation, persistence and social capital, allowing them to make an impact in a diverse range of careers they wish to embrace in the future.
Please read the information below before submitting your application. If you’re short-listed, be sure to leave a great impression at the scholarship interview.
- Open to all nationalities.
- Successful awardees should be on the CN Yang Scholars Programme.
- Possess outstanding Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level, Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore, NUS High School Diploma, IB Diploma or Year 12 equivalent qualifications.
- Excellent co-curricular records.
- Strong leadership qualities and potential.
The scholarship covers up to the normal programme duration on condition that the scholarship holder maintain a record of good academic performance and exemplary conduct.
- Full coverage of subsidised tuition fees (after Tuition Grant).
- Living allowance of S$6,500 per academic year.
- Accommodation allowance of up to S$2,000 per academic year.
(Applicable to scholarship holders who reside in NTU hostels only.)
- Travel grant of up to S$5,000 for an overseas programme subject to terms and conditions in the Travel Grant Form.
- Computer allowance of S$1,750 (one-off).
- The CN Yang Scholars Programme offers:
- Guaranteed four years of stay in NTU halls of residence
- Guaranteed overseas exchange for one semester
- Guaranteed overseas final year research project with coverage for airfare, accommodation, meals, insurance and visa fees
- Opportunities for research attachment from year one onwards and to attend an international conference with subsidy
- No bond is attached to the Scholarship apart from the three-year bond applicable to all Singapore PRs and international students under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.
Terms and Conditions
- The scholarship will be terminated if you are no longer on the CN Yang Scholars Programme.
- Scholarship holder must not, without the approval of the University, hold concurrently any other scholarships, bursaries, university loans or awards.
- Scholarship holder is required to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 over 5.0. Academic performance will be reviewed every semester.
- Scholarship holder is required to take on the role of student ambassador, or any other similar role, representing the university to give publicity talks, to receive guests, etc, as and when called upon to do so.
- The scholarship may be withdrawn at any time if, in the opinion of the University, the scholarship holder’s progress or behaviour is deemed unsatisfactory.
- If the scholarship holder decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, a repayment will be imposed.
How to Apply
The same application period for admissions applies. Scholarships are awarded based on competition amongst shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are required to submit their application for admission before submitting their application for scholarship.
Applicants with the following qualifications:
Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level
Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore
NUS High School Diploma
- The scholarship application form can be found at the link ‘Apply for Scholarship’ at the end of your online application for admission. You are required to login with the application number assigned to you.
If you have reserved an undergraduate degree programme in NTU, please login here to access the scholarship application form.
- As part of completing the form, a Personal Essay of not more than 300 words is required. The 3 topics you may write on are shown in the scholarship application form.
- Applicants are required to submit the following after completing your application form:
- upload a recent passport-size photo (digital image).
- submit a referee’s appraisal online. The appraisal is to be completed by your school teacher, who must not be your family or relative. After you have submitted your scholarship application, you will be provided with a URL to be forwarded to your school teacher. When you are passing the link to your teacher, please inform him/her of your NTU application number and Date of Birth, as he/she will need the information to submit the appraisal online.Your school teacher is to complete the online appraisal form and submit it within 7 days of your scholarship application. If your teacher is not able to submit it online within 7 days and needs more time, please inform him/her to submit as soon as possible (preferably not more than 2 weeks from your date of scholarship application). Note that only one appraisal may be submitted online to support your application.
Applicants with Year 12 equivalent results:
- Click here to apply for the scholarship with your assigned application number before the application closing date for that qualification. The scholarship application period is the same as the admission application period. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.
- After completing your application form, applicants are required to submit the following:
- upload a recent passport-size photo (digital image).
- submit a referee’s appraisal online. The appraisal is to be completed by your school teacher, who must not be your family or relative. After you have submitted your scholarship application, you will be provided with a URL to be forwarded to your school teacher. When you are passing the link to your teacher, please inform him/her of your NTU application number and Date of Birth, as he/she will need the information to submit the appraisal online. Your school teacher is to complete the online appraisal form and submit it within 7 days of your scholarship application. If your teacher is not able to submit it online within 7 days and needs more time, please inform him/her to submit as soon as possible (preferably not more than 2 weeks from your date of scholarship application). Note that only one appraisal may be submitted online to support your application.
The Adobe Design Circle Scholarships 2020 is open to students who will be pursuing undergraduate college/university studies during the 2020-21 academic year. Applicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited college/university degree or certificate program.
Applicants do not need to be accepted into an undergraduate program at the time of application, but if selected for a scholarship, proof of acceptance will be required before scholarship funds can be sent.
While there is no minimum grade requirement to apply for this scholarship, an applicant’s academic and extracurricular record must show the potential to succeed in a college/university program in their intended field of study.
Selection of Applicants
he application will close at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 12, 2020. A complete application will include:
- Completed online application form
- A personal written or video statement of approximately 500 words or up to three minutes in length
- An estimate of your expected tuition and fee expenses
- Two reference letters. The letters must come from non-family members who knows you well – for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc.
- High school transcript issued by the school (for applicants from the United Kingdom or Commonwealth countries, A level, O level, GCSE, or BTEC results are also acceptable)
- College/university transcript issued by the school, if applicable
- Portfolio of up to three examples of your design work. Your portfolio can consist of links to websites you have built and/or links to third-party sites where you have uploaded your work (examples of third-party sites include Behance, YouTube, DailyMotion, Imgur, Dropbox, etc.).
Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed. Falsifying or plagiarizing any portion of your application is grounds for automatic disqualification.
Selection of Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Achievement and potential in design field, with an emphasis on product, experience and digital design
- Demonstrated leadership potential and ability
- Personal character, commitment and potential to use design for positive social change
- Clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals
- Career and academic goals in line with stated scholarship objectives
- Compelling references
Notification of Selection Results
Adobe will send notifications to all applicants informing them of their application status (awarded or not awarded) in May 2020. Recipients will need to submit verification of their admission to and enrollment in a recognized post-secondary institution in order to receive their scholarship awards. Scholarship recipients who are not able to produce proof of enrollment may be passed over in favor of an alternate candidate.
Additional Scholarship Information
Duration of Scholarships
Scholarships can be renewed for up to four years or until completing your undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Scholarships are renewed each year pending academic progress.
Design Circle Scholars are eligible for up to U.S. $25,000.00 per academic year for required tuition and fees*. The exact amount of each scholarship will be determined by several critical factors including:
- the Scholar’s expected financial need
- the location of their college/university
- the type of college/university (state university, private university, etc.)
Tuition amounts vary greatly from country to country, and Scholars attending college/university in countries with higher tuition costs will receive larger scholarship awards. Every effort will be made to cover most, if not all, of each Scholar’s required tuition costs. However, please be aware that some scholarship recipients, specifically those attending higher cost universities in the United States, may not have their full financial need met by this scholarship if the cost exceeds U.S. $25,000.00 per academic year.
In addition to receiving the scholarship, the Design Circle members will offer a variety of mentorship opportunities to the scholarship winners, such as shadowing, internships, workshops, networking, among others. This will help strengthen the impact of the scholarship, while providing real-world experience to the scholarship recipients during their education.
*Barring extreme cases, the calculation of tuition and fees will not include room & board.
Payment of Awards
For scholarship recipients studying at a U.S. college or university, a check will be sent directly to your educational institution. Scholarship recipients attending a non-U.S. higher education institution will receive their scholarship payment either by check or wire transfer.
Empowering Africa Inc. STEM full tuition Grant
Empowering Africa Inc. is accepting applications for a one-year full-tuition scholarship. This scholarship is only available to Ghanaian students pursuing a programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Applicants must be academically strong, service-minded, and looking to make a difference in their communities.
We will be accepting applications from students who are applying to study at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
Students who receive the scholarship will have their WASSCE scores checked officially.
However, Please Note: Students already enrolled in KNUST MUST have a B average (Minimum Second Class Upper).
A prospective applicant to KNUST OR KNUST students in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year who are Brilliant but Needy.
This scholarship does not apply to the following types of students: international students, fee-paying students, and part-time students.
All prospective applicants are to include the following documents in their applications:
- Admission Letter
- Acceptance Letter
- WASSCE Certificate/results
- Curriculum Vitae
- Recommendation letters
- Awards or certificates (if any).
- Prospective continuing student applicants should also add their complete University Academic Transcripts, (including current results).
CONTINUING STUDENTS who are beneficiaries of other scholarships ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to apply.
Also, all prospective applicants should be:
- Academically motivated and devoted: Students must show a commitment to higher education and a high level of academic achievement through their grades, scores, essays, and references.
- Committed to community involvement: Students must show that they are committed to not just bettering themselves but making a positive difference in their community.
- This can be seen through the applicant’s description of extracurricular/volunteer work, their essays, and their references.
Interested applicants are to visit (Here!) to apply.
For any further inquiries, contact the Students Affairs and Financial Services Office. (Room 19), Dean of Students- J. HARPER Building
Closing Date for Submission: Applicants are to submit their Applications before/on Friday, 31st July 2020.
Please visit the scholarship page on KNUST website here
The Vice-Chancellor Scholarships at University of Bangor is available for all Available for all undergraduate and postgraduate Taught courses starting in September 2020
|Undergraduate||Valued at 50% of the Tuition Fee for Year 1, and up to £3,000 per year for Year 2 & 3*|
|Postgraduate||Valued at 50% of the Tuition Fee|
*Note: Undergraduate students may continue to receive the scholarship in Years 2 and 3, subject to achieving a minimum overall grade of 70% or above at the end of Year 1 and 2.
The Vice-Chancellor scholarship is for outstanding international applicants, so the applicants must have achieved;
|Undergraduate||Grades equivalent of GCE A-level A grade students|
|Postgraduate||Equivalent of a UK 1st class Bachelors degree|
- Candidates who are fully sponsored by a third party will not be entitled to these Scholarships.
- The above scholarships are not open to UK/EU applicants.
- The above scholarships are available for full-time on-campus courses only.
- All scholarships will be awarded entirely at the University’s discretion.
How to apply
Step 1: You MUST have received an offer letter from Bangor University before you can apply.
Step 2: Check your Eligibility for the scholarship and carefully read the conditions listed below.
Step 3: Complete the Vice-Chancellor scholarship application form.
Step 4: Email the completed application form along with a copy of your offer letter from Bangor University to Kerry Marie Jones at: email@example.com by the 1 March 2020.
Step 5: Eligible applications will be forwarded to the concerned academic department to make a decision, and successful candidates will be informed in May 2020.
Step 6: Scholarship winners will be required to pay a deposit amount of £2,000 within two weeks in order to confirm their acceptance of the scholarship.
Submit your scholarship application on or before 1 March 2020.
Conditions (for all scholarship winners)
- Half of the scholarship amount will be offered in the form of a reduction in tuition fees and the remaining half as a contribution towards the cost of University managed accommodation. Students not taking up a place in university managed accommodation will forfeit 50% of the scholarship (except in exceptional circumstances where university accommodation would not be a suitable option).
- Recipients will be expected to become scholarship ambassadors, contributing to University promotion both as students and in later years as alumni.
For further details, you may contact the Regional Manager responsible for your country.
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