For more information, please visit: http://www.adsafrica.com.au/countryAgriculture.php

PhDs for Agriculture (2014 Intake)

Applications for the 2014 PhD Awards in Agriculture are now open.

Application forms and all supporting documents should be completed and submitted by 31 March 2013. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than this date, if possible.

PhD Application Pack 2014 Intake

(MS Word) (PDF format): All applicants should download and carefully read the information given in the PhD Application Pack 2014. The Application Pack outlines selection criteria and other useful information, including scholarship entitlements and responsibilities.

 

PhD Application Pack 2014 Intake

Applicants must meet the following requirements set out in the Desired Applicant Profile (DAP) for Agricultural PhD candidates:

 

Target Group

  • You are a researcher currently employed within the African agricultural research sector, with a focus on bio-physical, social or economic sciences. Being employed by a National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) or regional equivalent in Africa is highly desirable.
  • You wish to undertake doctoral level studies leading to the award of a PhD through an Australian institution:
    • in order to advance a field of study that is a formally recognised priority for your government/employer; and
    • that directly benefits existing, planned or desired research and development efforts of a NARI or regional equivalent.
  • You are proposing a research topic that will contribute to improving food security in Africa through increasing agricultural productivity, improving rural livelihoods through functioning of markets and trade, and building the resilience of communities most vulnerable to food insecurity.
  • In addition, the proposed  field of study/research should also be:
    • reflective of national and regional priorities in Africa; and
    • desirably of relevance to the research or development objectives of one or more of the research partnerships being funded by Australia in Africa: (ACIAR, including the Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legumes project with SIMLESA; CSIRO - CORAF; CSIRO – BecA; the Australian International Food Security Centre).
  • You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained and research undertaken through the PhD to improve policy and practice in your home country or region in the proposed field of study/research. You will also demonstrate potential to make a future contribution to development in your home country, including a commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.
  • You have a possible research proposal and in-principle support from an Australian university supervisor and African counterpart institution supervisor.
  • Gender Equality: Australia Awards in Africa targets equal participation by women and men.  Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees
  • Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aims to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship.  Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged.  Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.

Eligibility

  • You are a citizen of one of the following eligible African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda and Zambia. Applicants must normally be a resident in their country of citizenship, however some exceptions may be accepted if applicants are working for their government in a third country or applicants are residing in the immediate region.
  • You have a current offer from an Australian university for admission to a PhD program. You must provide a copy of the placement offer with your application.
  • You satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for Australian Development Scholarships, including meeting Australian tertiary institution entry requirements. In most cases this will require that candidates possess a qualification that is assessed to be the equivalent to an Australian Masters degree and be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake independent research.
  • A minimum of two years relevant post-Masters work experience relevant to your proposed field of study is preferred.
  • English proficiency of a standard at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.  Note that some universities will require a higher score. The equivalent score required for the TOEFL test is:  (i) for internet-based TOEFL (iBT), an Overall score of 90 or above, with a written score of no less than 23; (ii) for paper-based TOEFL (pBT), an Overall score of 577 or above, with a written of 5.0. Applicants should provide proof of English proficiency with their application. Applicants who do not prove their English language proficiency with their application may be tested as part of the selection process. Note that PhD candidates are not eligible to receive supplementary English training, nor can their award offer include any period of pre-course English.

Support Service Options

  • Provision of course research support for short-listed candidates
  • Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis
  • Standard Australian Development Scholarship entitlements for awardees


Please note the Following

  • Gender Equality: Australia Awards target equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees.
  • Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aim to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.

 

  • English Language Proficiency: English proficiency of a standard at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5 is required.  Note that some universities will require a higher score. Applicants should provide proof of English proficiency with their application. Applicants who do not prove their English language proficiency with their application may be tested as part of the selection process. Note that PhD candidates are not eligible to receive supplementary English training, nor can their award offer include any period of pre-course English. For further information on IELTS click here.  For further information on the TOEFL test, click here.


To submit an electronic application

  1. Click on the link below “Click here to apply”
    1. Register your personal details and click on “Request Application”
    2. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your details
    3. Once you have confirmed your details, the system will automatically send you an electronic application form via email
  2. The Application Form is an Acrobat document that you may save on your local computer or another device and complete offline.
  3. When you have completed your application form, email the form and all supporting documentation to applications(at)adsafrica.com.au.  You may send as many emails as needed, provided you send the emails from the same email address.
  4. If you experience any difficulties with the online application process please email enquiries(at)adsafrica.org

Hard Copy applications

  • If you cannot use the on line application process please complete the attached hard copy application form. Download the hardcopy application form here
  • Hard Copy applications should be couriered to the relevant AAA Office Courier Address as indicated in the application form, however applicants are encouraged to submit an electronic application.
  • In the event that you encounter problems with completing the e-form or you are unable to send the hard copy application form via courier, please scan and email your completed application form and all supporting documents to aaascan(at)adsafrica.org.  If you use this method of submission, please ensure that each attachment is labelled as follows: File Name_Your Name. (E.g. J Doe_Academic Transcripts)


PhD Awards in Agriculture (2013 Intake)

Applications for the 2013 PhD Awards are now closed and the selection process has now concluded. Successful candidates are being contacted to confirm their acceptance of an Award and make preparations for their mobilisation to Australia to take up their studies in 2013.

 

Further Information

For further information on Australia Awards in Africa, please see the links below.

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