Postgraduate Africa Scholarships for Study in East Africa

Call for Applications: DAAD/CMAAE MSc & PhD in-Country, in-Region Scholarships 2018/2019


DAAD, a public funded, self- governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany,promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programmes.
The Collaborative Masters of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) programme of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) is run in a network of 17 participating universities in 12 countries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.


PhD Fellowship Programme for CMAAE network faculty staff

  • All applicants must be holders of a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics, or
    related discipline;
  • Applicants must be a staff or potential staff member of a participating CMAAE university who is
    earmarked for staff retention to build the department of agricultural economics’ capacity for
    teaching and research;
  • Applicants must be recommended by a participating network university. The recommendation letter must indicate the willingness of the university to absorb the candidate upon successful completion of his/her PhD.

    PhD Programme for CMAAE graduates

  • Must have attained at least a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or equivalent in their
    undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or related field from an accredited university;
  • Must have a Master’s Degree (with coursework and thesis component) in Economics,
    Agricultural Economics or related fields from a CMAAE network university;
  • The coursework should have covered microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative
  • Possession of at least one relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage;
  • Evidence of engagement in economic management, research and/training in the public sector
    will be an added advantage;
  • Applicants will apply to AERC directly and only shortlisted candidates will be eligible to apply to DAAD through DAAD website portal. DAAD will undertake the final selection of PhD
    awardees from the shortlisted applicants.
  • Eligible Fields Fields of specialization covered in the CMAAE programme include Agricultural and Rural Development, Agricultural Policy and Trade, Environment and Natural Resource Management, and Agribusiness Management.


  • Applicant must have completed their last university degree less than 6 years ago at the time of application;
  • Applicants from East African countries, i.e. nationals from Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania,
    Rwanda, South Sudan, and Ethiopia are eligible for DAAD funding for studies at the five
    CMAAE accredited universities Makerere University (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), Egerton University & University of Nairobi (Kenya), and Haramaya University (Ethiopia);
  • Applicants from Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Namibia are also
    eligible for DAAD funding for studies as non-nationals at the
    five (5) CMAAE accredited
    universities listed above;
  • Applicants will apply to AERC directly and only shortlisted applicants will be eligible to apply to DAAD through DAAD website portal. DAAD will undertake the final selection of MSc
    awardees from the shortlisted applicants.

    Applicants should have the following documents:

  • Signed curriculum vitae; please use the Europass CV template
  • A signed copy of the DAAD Information Sheet for Students
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified copies of all university transcripts
  • At least temporary admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or
    certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission
  • Letter of motivation (Maximum two (2) pages, only for Masters scholarship applicants)
  • Academic reference from at least a senior lecturer and proof of employment if applicable
    (original only). For PhD scholarship applicants, two (2) recommendation letters from academic
    referees will be required;
  • For PhD scholarships, a proposal which must demonstrate relevance to agricultural development

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 20th February, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Call for Applications: DAAD/CMAAE MSc & PhD in-Country, in-Region Scholarships 2018/2019

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