GENES Postgraduate Scholarships for Africans, 2018


Applications are invited for MSc and PhD Scholarships in Africa/GENES. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.

GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.
The consortium intends to:
1. Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security.

2. Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and biofuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry.

3. Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of genomic breeding to accelerate cultivar development and increase the resilience of crop production systems.

4. Foster national, regional, and global collaboration and programmatic agenda that promote genomic breeding research and training for agricultural innovations within Africa.

Msc and PhD

Plant Genomics

In line with Agreement with Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme of EACEA, the scholarship will cover:
1. Round trip flight ticket and visa costs.

2. Direct participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable.

3. Comprehensive travel insurance (Health, Accident and Travel) }
4. A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period.


The GENES mobility grant is open to all students from any of the partner universities (Target Group 1) and to students
from other African universities (Target Group 2). Currently, 10 PhD and 20 MSc scholarships are available.

Target Group 1:
This category includes students enrolled (for M.Sc application) or graduated (for PhD application) from all partner universities as follows:
1. Ebonyi State University; Nigeria
2. University of Abomey-Calavi; Benin
3. Jimma University; Ethiopia
4. University of Yaounde

Target Group 2:
Students from all African countries

To be eligible for a scholarship (i.e. financial support to third parties), master students as well as doctoral candidates referred to as ‘’students’’ must comply with the criteria below at the time of the application for a scholarship:

a) Be a national and resident in any of the eligible countries covered by the Intra-Africa Mobility programme of the EACEA, and

b) Be registered/admitted to or having obtained an HEI degree (or equivalent) from

one of the HEIs included in the GENES consortium (Target group 1)

An HEI not included in the GENES consortium but established in an eligible country (Target group 2) and

c) Have sufficient knowledge of the language of the courses in the host countries.

May 30, 2018

Application Process
Applicants should submit completed application and all supporting documents by email to
with a copy to Mr Dennis Okporie,, by 30 May 2018. They should indicate in the subject line (if submitting by email) or super scribe the envelope (if submitting by post) ‘Application for GENES MSc/PhD programme’. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Applications should be sent to: with copy to Mr Dennis Okporie,

Scholarship Link


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