Mobility for African students – GENES

Type: Master’s Degree

Who: Plant genomics scholars

What: Fully funded mobility

When: 2020-2021

Where: Partner universities in Africa

Program Length: 12 to 48 months

Deadline to Apply: 30 April 2019

Citizenship: African Union, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Tunisia

Destination Countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Nigeria

Academic Subject(s): Agriculture, Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics

Mobility for African students – GENES


GENES (Mobility for African students in plant genomics to accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security in Africa) is a consortium of four universities from four African countries funded by the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.

GENES offers scholarships to train young scholars to equip them in designing and developing molecular approaches to increase the potential of genomic breeding to help adapt crops to climate change, in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics.

The scholarship will cover:

– Round trip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance);

– Direct participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable;

– Comprehensive travel insurance (Health, Accident and Travel)

– A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period.


To be eligible for a scholarship (i.e. financial support to third parties), master’s degree 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 in or having obtained a higher-education degree (or equivalent) from one of the higher education institutions (HEIs)  included in the GENES consortium (Target Group 1) a HEI not included in the GENES consortium but established in an eligible country (Target Group 2)

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

d) NB: students with one-year post B.Sc. but not yet admitted or registered in any of the partner HEIs are also eligible to apply.

Mobility will begin in the second year of the study, i.e. sponsorship from GENES will be for research work only.

Students can only benefit from one scholarship under the Intra-Africa or Intra-ACP (covering Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions) academic mobility schemes, regardless of the type of mobility or the funding project.

How to Apply

1. Prepare the following documents:

– Cover letter

– Scholarship Application form (download from GENES website)

– Student proposal (guidelines available from GENES website)

– National ID or Copy of Passport Data page

– Certificate of degree

– Transcript records

– Support letter from sending HEIs

– Recommendation letter of home supervisor (mandatory for all applicants)

– Enrollment proof in degree course from home institution (for M.Sc. applicants)

– Curriculum Vitae

– Employment certificate (only for staff)

– Certificate of English or French language skills

– Proof of socio-economic vulnerability (if available)

2. Fill the application and submit completed application and all supporting documents by email to [email protected] with a copy to Mr Emmanuel izekwe, [email protected], by 30 April 2019.

Indicate in the subject line (if submitting by email) or superscribe the envelope (if submitting by post) ‘Application for GENES MSc / Staff Exchange Scholarship’.

The Scholarship application form together with other required documents should be sent as a unique PDF attachment to: emails indicated below.

Contact information:

Department of Crop Production & Landscape Management, Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources Management, Ebonyi State University, P.M.B. 053, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

+234 8086612106

Email: [email protected]

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