MOE: 15 Scholarships for PhD candidates available starting in 2018

  dreamjobstz       9.11.17

The  Centre   for  Research,   Agricultural   advancement,   Teaching  Excellence    and  Sustainability   in Food and Nutritional  Security (CREATES),  hosted by the School  of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Nelson  Mandela African   Institution  of Science and Technology  (NM-AIST) has opened its PhD positions  for suitable candidates  to apply  for specialties  in the four  CREATES main streams, namely; Sustainable Agriculture,   Food  and Nutrition  Sciences, Biodiversity  Conservation  and Eco- system   Management,  and Global  Health  and Biomedical  Sciences. This newly  established  African Centre  of Excellence,   CREATES,   is aimed  at students  who are gifted

,   passionate, creative and free thinkers,  innovative,  and who  will  be job creators   rather  than  job-seekers  in the future.   CREATES provides  experiential   teaching,  a buzzing  atmosphere   of  international   and interdisciplinary    research  and education  activities,  novel  technologies   and  private public    partnerships   with  the  industry   and the community   at large  as well  as hands-on  learning experience    and evidence based problem  solving   projects.  CREATES encompasses  novel  curricula  approaches,  cutting-edge    re- search  facilities  and highly  skilled  national, regional and international   supervisors  in various  fields of Life Sciences. CREATES encompasses  six   main  streams, i.e., “Sustainable Agriculture”,  “Food Biotechnology,  Clinical  Human  Nutrition  and dietetics”,   “Biodiversity   Conservation  and Ecosystem Management”  as well as”Global   Health  and Biomedical  Sciences”, which  involves aspects of drug development   and Nano science.

Applicants fort hese PhD positions should have the following qualifications,knowledge and essential attributes:

•   Have a MSc degree   in Life Sciences or relevant discipline.

• The MSc degree  should  be recognized  by NM-AIST senate  and Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

•   Be able  to draft  and submit   a research proposal  concept  note  with  the application   documents (including  a title,  brief  introduction,   methodology   and expected   results), showing that they are capable  of carrying  out original   research in the relevant field.

•   Be below  the age of 40 at application   date.

•   Beable to publish  scientifically   in high  impact   peer reviewed international  journals (and  preferably already   have such a publication).

•   Have interest   in the above  teaching  and research approach  and be able to work  independently and in a team.

•   Have excellent   English  oral and writing   skills.

•   Be willing   to specialize  in one of the 6 CREATES pillars.

•   Have a high degree  of computer  competence  and familiarity  with  modern statistical  software.

•   Have the ability   to work  in multi-disciplinary    and international   teams.

•   Be self-motivated   and be able to work  under  pressure to meet  deadlines when  required.

•   Females and regional candidates  are strongly  and highly  encouraged  to apply

•Applicants    must  meet  and fulfill  minimum  NM-AIST  admission  requirement  to be considered  for scholarship  including  filling   application   form  and payment  of application   fees. As such  if you do not have NM-AIST admission  please  apply  for one simultaneously

• Applicants   with  NM-AIST provisional/admission    letters   and meeting  call requirement   are not subjected  to fill application   for admission.  They are required  to attach   their  provisional/admission  letter  together  with  other  required  documents.

Details of the position

The PhD scholarship  programme  will  run for three  years  starting   151h   January, 2018. All students will  receive  a partial   scholarship  over this time  frame.  The partial   scholarship  will  cover  university  fees and direct   student   costs  (i.e., a monthly  stipend   at the  rate of US$200  per month   to cover  living   expenses   (meals   and  upkeep   allowance)  while   in Tanzania. Accommodation    fees are  being   paid  directly    to  NM-AIST which   provides  student    hostels. Support  to   attend    prescribed   courses and/or   undertake  research in partner   institutions   will   be covered as will  be  determined   by CREATES Management  Team  and  the  respective    students  and  supervisors.  Research  costs  are only  covered   by a minimum  amount  and all students  are required  to apply  for additional  funding   to cover  their  research activities.

Mode of application

• Applicants   are required  to provide   their  Curriculum  Vitae  (CV)

• A one-page  abstract  of their  MSc thesis

• Two recommendation    letters,   one from  their  latest  employer  and the other  from  previous supervisor  I educator

• Certified  copies   of academic  certificates.   All   applicants   holding    foreign    qualifications    must have  their   qualifications    validated    and  equated  by the  respective   regulatory   bodies   before being  allowed  for admissions  as follows:

• The Tanzania Commission  for  Universities   in respect   of University  Qualification    Framework

(UQF)    Level  6 to 9 qualifications

• The National  Council for Technical Education  in respect   of NTA Level  6 to 9    qualifications

• The Vocational  Education  and Training Authority   in respect   of certificates   in vocational  education   and training

• The National  Examination    Council of Tanzania in respect   of certificates   secondary  education and teacher  education.

• Any  publications   they  might   have achieved

• A max.   2-page   motivation   letter   why  they  think   they  should   be selected  for  this  CREATES


• A 3-page   concept   note  on a proposed   research  topic   including   a title,  brief   introduction, methodology    and expected    results

• Successful candidates  will  be required  to attend   an oral interview

• Applicants   must  also meet  the  minimum  NM-AIST requirements   asstated   on the webpage link below  and must  have filled  the  NM-AIST application   form

Short  listed  applicants  will  be invited   for an interview  shortly   after  the deadline

Deadline for this application is November 20th 2017 and interviews will beheld n the week from Nov 28st until Dec 1 st 2017.Recruitment will be in January 2018.

All application documents should be sent electronically to:createspostgrad@nm-aist.ac.tz

For more information see the following link:


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