ARPPIS Postgraduate Research Fellowships

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African Insect Science for Food and Health in partnership with African University partners calls for applications for doctoral research fellowships under the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

Icipe was established in 1970 with a mandate is to conduct research and develop methods that are effective and affordable to rural and urban communities.

Icipe’s role further extends to the conservation and utilisation of the rich insect biodiversity found in Africa.

Icipe considers capacity building of individual researchers and institutions in Africa an integral part of all its research and development activities.

The ARPPIS programme offers 3-year doctoral research fellowships, aimed at preparing young scholars from Africa for regional leadership roles, as well as internationally competitive research careers, in arthropod-related sciences.

Doctoral fellowship awards will be available for successful applicants in the following proposed research topics:

  • Population biology and molecular genetics of vectorial capacity in Anopheles gamibiae: targeting reproductive behaviour for vector eradication interventions
  • Semiochemicals mediating host preference in selected Aedes species, vectors of Rift valley fever and Chikungunya
  • Evaluation of the potential of the weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda in the management of mirid and coreid pests in cashew in Tanzania
  • The study of the chemistry of Desmodium spp root exudates and their biological activity against parasitic plants
  • Host seeking behaviour and attraction in the cashew mired Helopeltis sp
  • Comparative investigation of natural silks native to East Africa (in collaboration with the University of Oxford)

    These fellowships are expected to run and are tenable at icipe.

    The successful candidates selected out of a competitive process throughout Africa will begin their training in September 2009 or soon there-after.


  • BScand MSc degrees with a minimum award of upper 2nd class degree or equivalent
  • Should be nationals of African countries
  • Maximum age of 36 years at the time of application
  • Eligible for registration in one of the ARPPIS member universities

    Application Criteria:

    Interested applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Completed application form, including the title of the proposed research work to be undertaken during the PhD programme.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified copies of academic certificates and transcripts of degree courses taken
  • Recommendation letters from at least two (2) academic and/or professional referees
  • Letter of nomination for training by the employer (if employed)
  • Duly completed application forms and supporting documents should be submitted by E-mail: arppis2009 [at]

    Deadline: 30th June.

    For more information and application, visit: ARPPIS Postgraduate Research Fellowships Website

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