PhD Plant Breeding Scholarships - West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)

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PhD Plant Breeding Scholarships: Scholarships at the University of Ghana are available to scientists working at National Agricultural Research Institutes and Universities in West Africa to pursue a Ph.D in Plant breeding.

Eight students per year will be admitted over a period of five years in the first phase of the programme.

Each student will follow a 5 year programme leading to the award of a Ph.D (Plant Breeding) upon successful completion.

The programme consists of two stages: two years of academic study at the University of Ghana and three years of field research at the student's research station/university in his/her home country.

The course work and research will focus on the following West Africa food crops:

Cereals: maize, rice, sorghum, millet

Root and tubers: cassava and sweet potato

Legumes: cowpea and groundnut

Vegetables: tomato and pepper.


The WACCI programme is specifically for full-time, professional plant breeders who will make their careers breeding new cultivars of food crops.

Prospective students must have:

  • an MSc/MPhil in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop Science, Applied Entomology, Applied Nematology or equivalent degree.
  • a position as an agricultural research scientist in a national research institute or university in the potential student's home country is also essential, so that the student can return to his/her home country to conduct the field research for the PhD thesis.
  • Applicants should be under the age of 40.

    The WACCI will pay a stipend that will cover reasonable personal living expenses for the duration of the degree (5 years) including the cost of a return air ticket from the students' home countries.

    Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply for a fellowship under this programme.

    Follow the links below for more details and application prospectus.

    Deadline: 01 August each year.

    For details on how to apply and application materials, contact: PhD Plant Breeding Scholarships Website

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