Cranfield University PhD Scholarships for the Next Generation of Agricultural Research Scientists for Africa 2019

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).

Application Deadline: 5th May 2019

  • Reference number: SWEE0076 + SPXX (See each studentship)

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be taken at (country): UK, Morocco

About the Award: Each of the studentships will be part of a larger multidisciplinary collaborative research project. In addition to comprehensive training in research techniques, the successful candidates will gain transferable skills in communication, data analysis and team working, equipping them for a multitude of potential roles in the continuing development of African agricultural systems. 

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The PhD candidates will register in the UK at Cranfield University , a research-intensive, postgraduate-only institution specialising in strategic and applied research in science, technology and management, recently awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize (2017) for soil science. The students will also carry out research projects in collaboration at Rothamsted Research (25 miles from Cranfield University), the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world, with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soil management; and in Morocco at The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, a hub of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship, aspiring to become a solid bridge of knowledge between Morocco, Africa and the world. 

The Research students will benefit from being part of the Agricultural Innovation for Morocco Centre for Doctoral Training (AIM-CDT) which will educate a future generation of high calibre agricultural scientists to PhD level. Students will develop academic, technical and entrepreneurial skills allowing them to take up leadership roles in an academic or industrial setting to drive forward agricultural research and innovation. This will be achieved through a balance of academic excellence, laboratory and field experience, and strong industrial interconnectivity throughout the students’ training. The AIM-CDT students will be registered at Cranfield University, and supervised by staff from the consortium of Cranfield University (CU), Rothamsted Research (RRes), and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), supported by OCP Group. Further details about the partnership

Type: PhD


  • 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).
  • This Scholarship is 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.

Number of Awards: 9

Value of Award: 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.

Duration of Award: 4 Years

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)
  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying

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