9 March 2020 at midnight, West African time


 Nigeria, Benin, Ethiopia, Cameroon

(Fully Funded)


Mobility for plant genomics scholars to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa / GENES

Feeding the increasing populations in Africa requires radical transformation of a largely underdeveloped agriculture over the next four decades. A major challenge is how to increase agricultural production among resource-poor farmers without exacerbating environmental problems and simultaneously coping with climate change, a critical force driving low agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Genomics offers more precise, quick, non-expensive technology that complement classic breeding approaches. However, despite the tremendous progress observed in genetics and molecular breeding worldwide, African universities have remained poorly involved in such technologies with low capacity and poor facilities. This makes it difficult to apply those powerful technologies to improve African crops. Recently, the molecular hub of Africa BecA-ILRI (in Kenya) was equipped with genotyping by sequencing (GBS) facility with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This facility, termed the Integrated Genotyping Service and Support (IGSS) platform offers a new perspective for training young scholars to equip them in designing and developing molecular approaches to increase the potential of genomic breeding to help adapt crops to climate change. In anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics, the GENES Project was established.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agriculture and Agronomy.
  • Biology.
  • Biotechnology.
  • Genetics.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Master: 12 months max

PhD: 48 months max

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

To be eligible for a scholarship (i.e. financial support to third parties), master students as well as doctoral candidates referred to as ‘’students’’ must comply with the criteria below at the time of the application for a scholarship:

a) be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Intra-Africa Mobility programme of the EACEA, and

b) be registered/admitted in or having obtained a HEI degree (or equivalent) from

  • One of the HEIs included in the GENES consortium.
  • A HEI not included in the GENES consortium but established in an eligible country, and

c) have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

In line with Agreement with Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme of EACEA, the scholarship will cover:

  • Roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance);
  • Direct participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable;
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (Health, Accident, and Travel)
  • A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period.

NB: Female PhD scholarship holders will receive additional allowances according to the Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme. Female PhD scholars moving for more than two academic years with their children to the host country will receive an allocation for childcare.

How to Apply

First Step: should download the application form from the website, fill it, and send with all supporting documents to .

Second Step: They should indicate in the subject line (if submitting by email) or super scribe the envelope (if submitting by post) ‘Application for GENES MSc/PhD programme’. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Required documents are listed on the application form and include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Scholarship Application form (download from GENES website)
  3. Student proposal (guidelines available from GENES website)
  4. National ID or Copy of Passport Data page
  5. Certificate of Degree
  6. Transcript Records
  7. Support letter from sending HEIs
  8. Recommendation letter of home supervisor (mandatory for all applicants)
  9. Enrollment proof in degree course from home institution (for MSc applicants)
  10. Curriculum Vitae.
  11. Employment certificate (only for staff)
  12. Certificate of English or French language skills
  13. Proof of socio-economic vulnerability (if available)

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This Scholarship Published by:
Akram Salah / Egypt  

Reviewed by” Razan Sameh/Egypt 
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team