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Introduction to the DAAD University of Abomey-Calavi PhD Scholarship
Applications are now open for the DAAD University of Abomey-Calavi PhD Scholarship. DAAD, through the “In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme,” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), offers scholarships for PhD studies. These scholarships aim to foster international cooperation and strengthen networks and partnerships between Germany and partner countries. The recipients are selected based on their academic qualifications and their potential to contribute to the country and region.
About the DAAD University of Abomey-Calavi PhD Scholarship
The programme aims at fostering strong, internationally-oriented higher education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa with the capacity to contribute to sustainable development. To this end, scholarships are granted for development-related Master’s or doctoral studies for individuals who plan to pursue a career in teaching and/or research at a higher education institution in Sub-Saharan Africa.
By training future academic and professional leaders, the programme contributes to the following long-term impacts:
• Qualified professionals’ involvement in the solution of development-related problems in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Graduates strengthening education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa
• Structural strengthening and regional networking of partner institutions and partner universities
As part of this programme, the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi offers Master’s and doctoral study programmes in biometrics, an area with strong relevance to the national development of Sub-Saharan African countries
Available Field(s) of Study
The In-Country/In-Region Programme supports studies in subject areas with strong relevance to national development.
The scholarships at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, are available in the following fields:
• PhD Agronomy, Major in Biometry
Applicants are eligible to apply only if:
- have successfully completed a two-year university degree (doctoral candidates)
- with above-average results (second-class upper division)
- clearly show motivation and strong commitment
- have a thorough knowledge of the language of instruction
- have completed their last university degree not more than 6 years ago at the time of application
- must be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country
- should generally be a) a staff member of a public university, b) a candidate considered for teaching or research staff recruitment, c) from the public sector
The programme covers
- Tuition fees,
- Study and research allowance
- Printing allowance
- Monthly allowance (Accommodation, Food etc.)
- Travel allowance (In-Region only)
DAAD In-Country/In-Region scholarship holders are also encouraged to apply for a research stay in Germany for 3 up to 6 months.
Duration of the Scholarship
The duration of the PhD programme is generally up to three years
generally starting in September 2024. Scholarships are initially granted for one year and can be extended upon receipt of an application for an extension. Scholars must demonstrate satisfactory progress before an extension is granted.
How to Apply
First step: Applicants must apply for their studies at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences following the guidelines below:
Application file for doctoral candidates includes:
- Cover letter of application to the Director of the Doctoral School of Agronomic and Water Sciences
- Motivation letter to the Coordinator of the doctoral training in Biometrics
- Concept note of the research project (not more than 10 pages) from the applicant/candidate
- CV of the applicant including if possible a list of scientific publications
- Copy of official academic transcripts of the applicant, for the Master in Biostatistics/biometrics and for the Bachelor. Please supply the official explanation of the grading system.
- Copy of certificates for the Master in Biostatistics/biometrics and for the Bachelor
- Letter of support from a lecturer-researcher
Second step: DAAD reserves the right of final selection. Only the pre-selected candidates are asked to log into the DAAD portal, register themselves and submit a DAAD application.
- It is important to go through all application requirements on the official webpage (see link below) before you begin your application.
Note that the deadline for application is November 15, 2023.