PhD opportunities for the next generation of agricultural research scientists for Africa 2019


PhD opportunities for the next generation of agricultural research scientists for Africa

Applications are now open for PhD scholarships for agricultural research scientists from Africa. This is an exciting opportunity providing nine fully-funded PhD studentships covering a wide range of topics vital for building capacity in African agricultural research. The PhD candidates will work with Cranfield University (UK), Rothamsted Research (UK) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco).

At a glance

  • Application deadline : 05 May 2019
  • Award type(s) : PhD
  • Start date : 01 Jul 2019
  • Duration of award : 4 years
  • Eligibility : Rest of World
  • Reference number : SWEE0076 + SPXX

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first class or 2.1 UK honours degree or equivalent in Agricultural Science, Geography, Soil Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Botany, Genetics, Geographical Information System or other related subjects and a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).


The nine studentships are fully-funded by OCP Group via the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco. The funding provides tuition fees, a stipend of £17,000* (tax free), travel costs and generous research costs for four years.

OCP Group is one of the largest exporters of phosphate fertilisers in the world.

*We are primarily interested in applicants from African countries (national or legal residents of African countries), that can clearly demonstrate their experience/potential to contribute to capacity building in agricultural research. However, exceptional applications from students from other countries will be considered by the panel, if they meet the criteria for the studentship.

How to apply

To apply for one of these Cranfield University projects you will need to complete the online application form.

Please state the name of the project you will to apply for and the relevant reference number. SWEE0076 + SPXX (See each studentship)

Further information: For informal enquiries please contact Mrs Zoe Payne  or visit Official website 


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