Gulu University (GU) Scholarships Under TAFSA Project
Intra-Africa Mobility for Training Agribusiness and Food Systems
Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA)
Scholarship Advertisement for Cohort 2
About TAFSA Program
Intra-Africa Mobility to Train Agribusiness and Food System Scientists for African Agriculture (TAFSA) is funded by the European Union (EU). The program is run by 5 African Universities namely, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique); Gulu University (Uganda); Makerere University (Uganda); University of Abomey Calavi (Benin), and University of Pretoria (South Africa).
The goal of TAFSA project is to enhance synergetic cooperation amongst selected
Agricultural Universities in Africa. Specifically, the project aims at supporting these African universities with research and training of skilful and competent professionals to contribute to the improvement of food systems, and agribusiness to respond to challenges associated with food insecurity and malnutrition, poverty and unemployment.
Through students training and staff mobility, TAFSA project is expected to contribute to:
a) Improving the skills and competencies of students to increase their employability;
b) Improving the quality of higher education in Africa and its relevance to Africa’s development vision; and
c) Strengthening partnerships and research collaboration amongst African higher education institutions and research collaboration.
Through this project, a total of 40 fellowships are available for training (29 Masters and 11 PhD
students). Of these, 13 (10 MSc, 3 PhD) are short-term credit seeking mobilities, while 27 (19
MSc, and 8 PhDs) are degree seeking mobility in the areas of agribusiness, consumer science, food security, nutrition, agricultural economics and agricultural policy.
In the first round of calls in 2021, 8 fellows (4MSc and 5 PhD) have been selected and awarded scholarships.
For this second cohort, the project aims at selecting 32 fellows (25MSc and 7 PhD) as detailed in the program summary table below.
Beneficiaries of TAFSA scholarship are categorised into two target groups (TGs).
● TG-I include staff and students from TAFSA project hosting countries i.e., Benin,
Mozambique, Uganda, and South Africa. To qualify for TG-1, a candidate must be either a
former student (degree seeking) or current student (credit seeking) of a participating
● TG-II includes students from all other African countries, with priority being given to students
from conflict-affected and disadvantaged countries, including Burundi, Cameroon, Liberia,
Mali and Sierra Leone.
● Both TG-I and TG-II candidates are eligible to apply for either credit or degree seeking
For admission into the TAFSA Master’s degree program, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree of at least a second class or equivalent standing from an accredited and qualifying university.
Students applying for a PhD degree must hold a Master’s degree from an accredited university in a field relevant to the area of PhD studies in the respective university.
Further details on entry requirements into a specific course for study can be found on the host institution website or from the TAFSA project website (http://www.tafsa.org).
Candidates are eligible to apply to more than one academic programme of their choice. Details of the programmes for mobility and numbers are summarised in the program summary table below.
Additionally, applicants must be willing to study in an institution outside of their home countries and must demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction.
Female candidates and candidates with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.
Selection of beneficiaries of the TAFSA Mobility Program will follow a 2- step process i.e., i) admission of the candidates to the host institution for the program applied for, and ii) selection for the scholarship award.
Selection of applicants will be carried out by a designated TAFSA admission committee. This committee will evaluate the eligibility of both TG-I and TG-II candidates based on TAFSA’s selection criteria which include the student’s academic profile, professional background, and motivation.
TAFSA selection criteria will ensure equitable access, inclusion, and will give opportunity to participants from all backgrounds, including those with fewer opportunities such as junior academic staff, professional athletes, disadvantaged people, people living with disabilities and women.
The assessment of eligibility of candidate will follow the following criteria:
a) Proof that the candidate is from an eligible country;
b) The candidate fulfils the Target Group requirements;
c) The application deadline is respected;
d) The right application form is used;
e) All required supporting documents are provided and are official and legible;
f) The application is in the language of instruction for that country (see mobility table below).
Language of instruction
The language of instruction varies with the TAFSA project hosting institution/country.
This will range from English (Uganda, South Africa), Portuguese (Mozambique) and French (Benin).
Details of the language of instructions is provided in the program summary table.
Language proficiency is required for students to be considered for the training.
For those students with language deficiency in the language of instruction, they will be offered a language course before the mobility at their home university (short-term mobility), and for long-term mobility students they will be offered a language course at the beginning of the mobility at the host university.
Intending candidates should follow the following process to apply for TAFSA Scholarship:
a) Apply for admission to a participating University Program of choice under the TAFSA project.
b) Upon receiving admission and/or evidence of application for admission, apply for TAFSA
Note: Candidates who apply for the scholarship without evidence of application/admission shall not be considered in the selection.
The call for applications and scholarship is open from 18th May and will close on the 10th July 2022. Interested candidates should download and fill the application form, and submit by email to the project coordination office, firstname.lastname@example.org, with a copy to the project coordinator, email@example.com. Additional information on admission criteria and application forms are available on the TAFSA website (http://www.tafsa.org) or can be accessed through the following link (see the program summary table). All applications must be submitted before or by the deadline date (July 10th 2022, before midnight).
Late and incomplete applications will not be considered Scholarship Package TAFSA project offers full board scholarship that includes a monthly stipend, insurance (accident, travel and health), travel costs, tuition fees and Research associated costs.
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