Building on the capacity strengthening component of the project several short term graduates visiting scholar’s position for Nigerian students at masters and PhD level will be offered at Michigan state university (MUS), East Lansing Michigan United States of America over the five years life of the project.
Application Deadline: 23rd February, 2017
Offered annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: Nigeria
To be taken at (country): Michigan State University, USA
About The Award: in academic year 2017 (August 2017-May 2018), FIVE short –term Postgraduate students scholar position is on offer 3 at masters level and two at PhD level. The master’s level position will be awarded for a maximum of 2 semester and the PhD level ones, for a maximum of 2 semesters. The student primary academic supervisor (from a Nigerian university) is expected to actively participate in the program. The advisor will be invited (and funded) to visit MSU for a period not exceeding 30 calendar days.
The invitation has 3 accompanying obligations while the supervisor at MSU:
- Gives at least one presentation in the faculty of agriculture and
- Another in African studies research forums as well as
- Interacting with other MSU faculty in related areas.
It is the project expectation that this interchange will enhance on-going research collaborations between MSU faculty, IFPRI research and Nigerian scholars. Upon return to Nigeria, the professor will organise presentation and seminars for the students at the department, faculty and university level as the home institution. The professor visit must occur within the duration of the residence at MSU of their students, the short-term scholars.
Short term visiting scholars will enrol in analytical/technical course such as Statistics, Econometrics and Agricultural development. The course will be taken for credit, and depending on the Nigerian university requirement, will be available to count towards the scholars Nigerian degree program. Also while at MSU, the scholars will be expected to continue their research work on the selected topic in addition to the course work. They will work under the supervision of the MSU faculty /IFPRI researchers. The scholar tenure will be considered a full time position with the expectation that the scholar will invest the requisite amount of work, study and time to be successful. See (blog address) to review the experience of the current scholar.
Type: Masters, PhD
Eligibility: Applicants must
- be Nigerians studying in the area of Agriculture,
- be at Post Graduate level in an Accredited Higher Education Institution in Nigeria.
- be of good academic and moral standing in their academic institution having the equivalent of a minimum GPA of 3.5 out of 5 (or equivalent for a 2nd class, upper division).
- With regards to good moral standing, applicant must be found to be fit and proper persons and in no way have any pending disciplinary cases before a duly recognized and constituted disciplinary body.
- Applicants must also have a demonstrated interest in an area being studied by researchers working under the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, and must be willing to accept the responsibilities attached to participation
Selection Criteria: Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous research and academic achievements, the short write up (included in the application packet), their ability to demonstrate strong commitment to research and their academic advisor’s willingness to participate in the program.
Number of Awardees: 5. 3 Masters, 2 PhD
Value of Program: The Short-Term Visiting Scholars Program will cover travel related costs, lodging and meals, and a monthly stipend of $1,000 for up to 3 months for the Masters Level, and for up to 9 months for the PhD level. Travel related costs are limited to visa fees, visa procurement travel related costs, and round trip air tickets from Nigeria to East Lansing, Michigan USA. Other benefits include medical insurance for the duration of the short-term visiting scholar program at Michigan State University. Due to the short-term nature of the program, no support in any kind whatsoever is provided for dependents.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit the following documents:
- A completed expression of interest application form: found at http://fsg.afre.msu.edu/fsp/nigeria/App.pdf
- A short write up on the role of research in the Nigeria Agricultural Policy Process and how the applicant’s work fits into this.
- A writing sample (e.g. research paper, chapter of University Project/Thesis etc.)
- Official Copy of Student’s academic transcripts (must be signed and stamped by the Registrar of the Institution of Study).
- Updated CV showing publications and awards
- A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or dean on official letter headed paper
- A statement from applicant’s primary academic advisor indicating willingness to support the application and the advisor’s availability to work with the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project and participate under the Academic Advisor segment of the Award. Form downloadable at:
Application documents must be submitted to FTFNAPP@msu.edu by 11:59PM (Nigerian Time) on 23 February 2017.
The email should have on the subject line: “Application for 2017 FTFNAPP Short-Term Visiting Scholar Program at MSU”. All application materials need to be submitted as attachments to a single e-mail, preferably in a “zip” file. Successful applicants who have been shortlisted will receive word of acceptance and details on next steps by April 1, 2017. All enquires related to this call should be addressed to: Project Specialist, Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48823 and submitted to: FTFNAPP@msu.edu
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