Individual learning

In several ways, the World Agroforestry Centre provides opportunities for students and other individual learners from universities, national research institutes and other government and non-government departments to learn from the experiences of our senior scientists.

Fellowships
Each year, we host a number of degree students at the MSc and PhD levels who conduct their thesis research in collaboration with our scientific staff in the context of the Centre’s research for development agenda.

Students, both from developing and developed countries, are encouraged to apply for such fellowships and our Capacity Development Unit serves as a broker between students and supervisors when opportunities for such fellowships arise.

In terms of funding these fellowships, several of the Centre’s programmes and projects provide funding opportunities to host students conducting their thesis research, allowing them to contribute to specific research for development activities.

Scholarships
We offer several memorial scholarships honouring World Agroforestry Centre scientists who passed away while working at the Centre or afterwards.

These scholarships are for postgraduate students wishing to conduct their thesis research in collaboration with World Agroforestry Centre scientists. They offer up to USD 5,000 to meet tuition and other related expenses such as field research, laboratory analysis and thesis production.

Student Internship
We host short internship for individual learners (students) who want to gain on-the-job experience while working alongside our scientific staff. Such internship are usually for three to six months. The Capacity Development Unit facilitates these internships when they are related to the Centre’s research for development agenda.

Other opportunities
Our Capacity Development Unit helps to identify other relevant fellowships and scholarships in the area of agroforestry and natural resources management and potential sources of funding for these.

Students can also self-sponsor when it comes to funding their research at the Centre.

Call for Applications for Ph.D. Fellowships under DAAD’s In-country/In-region Fellowship Program

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), through its in-country/in-region fellowship initiative, is considering to fund Ph.D. Fellows who will conduct their Ph.D. studies in various aspects of agroforestry with ICRAF at its ongoing projects in East African offices (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania).

Student Internships

The World Agroforestry Centre aims to initiate, stimulate, and support collaborative research, capacity building and strengthening. The Centre achieves these aims by making its facilities accessible to selected students and providing opportunities for promising staff at research institutes, universities or government departments to learn from the experiences of the Centre's senior scientists.

Opportunities for individual learning are offered at different levels and at the various research stations and collaborative sites in the Centre's network. At the regional level, individual learning is facilitated by our regional training liason staff. Each individual trainee is assigned a scientist or manager as a supervisor.

Students on internship are undergraduates at universities, polytechnics and other institutions who would like to familiarise themselves with agroforestry for a period of two to six months. A student internship leads to the submission of a project report as required by the ICRAF supervisor and the student's academic programme.
Interested students must send the following documentation:

  1. duly completed "student internship application form"
  2. copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae
  3. letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date
  4. copy of his/her college/university transcript
  5. explanatory cover letter or introduction from his/her institution
  6. brief paper setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking internship with the World Agroforestry Centre, availability and source of funds to cover expenses during the internship (transport, accommodation, meals, insurance)
  7. copy of medical and life insurance cover.

Fellowships

The World Agroforestry Centre accepts fellowships that will advance its research for development agenda. It is strongly recommended that candidates consult the Centre’s website, in particular the Research section and key documents, including the World Agroforestry Centre Strategy 2013-2022 and Medium-term Plan 2010-12 to make sure any planned research work is relevant to the Centre. We have two levels of fellowships:

Research fellows are students registered at a university for masters or doctoral degrees. They join an ICRAF programme to work on research projects for a period from 3 to 36 months depending on their research topics. A degree fellowship leads to submission of a thesis/dissertation and award of a degree.

Students can either apply for a fellowship opportunity offered by the Centre or, in collaboration with their academic supervisor, suggest a specific fellowship theme that is of interest to the Centre and the national university.

Quite often, supervisors and students approach Centre scientific staff directly in order to establish research collaboration through collaborative projects and fellowships. The Capacity Development Unit also manages and administers these fellowships by identifying a suitable opportunity and supervisor, facilitating the negotiation process relating to these fellowships, registering, monitoring and coordinating them.

Interested students must send the following documentation:

  1. Duly completed form http://smis.worldagroforestry.org/content/fellowships
  2. Copy of his/her most recent resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Letter from his/her university confirming current enrolment and graduation date
  4. Copy of his/her college/university transcript
  5. Motivational Letter
  6. Explanatory cover letter or introduction from his/her institutions
  7. Copy of his/her research proposal
  8. A brief paper setting out the reasons why he/she is seeking fellowship with the World Agroforestry Centre, availability and source of funds to cover expenses during the Internship (transport, accommodation, meals, insurance)
  9. Copy of medical and life insurance cover.

If you are interested in a fellowship opportunity with the World Agroforestry Centre, please visit http://smis.worldagroforestry.org/content/research-fellowships

Scholarships

The World Agroforestry Centre offers several memorial scholarships honouring World Agroforestry Centre staff who contributed to our vision, mission and work but passed away while working at the Centre or afterwards.

Frequently asked questions

What is the aim of World Agroforestry Centre’s internships and research fellowship?

Students internships and Research Fellowship with the Centre enable students and other learners to work alongside our professional staff in the context of agroforestry-related research and development activities of mutual interest to both. In the context of formal education, this mostly deals with thesis research although short, intensive on-the-job training (skills) can also be considered.

Can I be assured of training opportunities at the Centre?

Individual learning opportunities need to be of interest both to Centre supervisors and learners. The Centre does not offer internships and research fellowships in areas outside its research and development mandate. For more information about the Centre’s work, refer to the About Us and Research sections of this website.

How are queries and applications handled?

All applications for internships, research fellowship and scholarships at World Agroforestry Centre Headquarters and within the East Africa are processed by the Global Capacity Development Unit. Internships and fellowships at other locations are processed by the respective Regional Capacity Development Liaison staff.

Applicants should apply for fellowship/ intership using the following links for Fellowship and Internship.

How long should I wait for a response?

The Centre has limited capacity to process the numerous applications it receives. The Capacity Development Unit will however try to acknowledge and respond to all applicants as soon as possible.

How do I get funding for my training?

The World Agroforestry Centre does not have funding to pay for individual learning. All interested learners need to make sure they are able to cover their own travel, accommodation, insurance and other living expense. In some cases limited operational expenses can be covered depending on the activity. Read more…

If you are interested in an internship with the World Agroforestry Centre, please CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

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Capacity Development Assistant
World Agroforestry Centre
PO Box 30677 - 00100 GPO
Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: +254 20 722 4228
Fax: +254 20 722 4023
Email: i.ingumba@cgiar.org or ICRAFCDU@cgiar.org