Call for Application for PhD Scholarship in Plant Breeding Tenable In Belgium Offered By the University Of Rwanda

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Background Information 

In the framework  of  iCARE  (Improved  Cassava  Virus Resistance:  Mitigation  Strategies  and Development  of a disease  free seed system) project,  a collaborative  research project between ULg  (Universite  de  Liege),  UCL  (Universite  Catholique  de  Louvain),  UR  (University  of Rwanda),  1 PhD training  opportunity  has  been  granted  to  University  of Rwanda,  College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR CAVM).

UR-CAVM is recruiting a candidate for PhD studies in Plant Breeding and Phytopathology. Interested candidates are hereby invited to apply for a four years sandwich PhD study program from 2017-2021.


The applicant must:

  • be a staff member of the University of Rwanda (UR),
  • be holding  a  MSc  degree  (or  equivalent)  in  fields  related  to  the  position  or  have knowledge in at least two of the following research fields: breeding, genetics, phytopathology, molecular biology,  bioinformatics.
  • be a Rwandan Academic and/or Research staff working in the UR,
  • be ready to continue as an academic staff in the University of Rwanda upon completion of PhD studies to contribute to research and teaching in the UR-CAVM;
  • be able to stay in Belgium from 4 to 6 months per year during the four next years;
  • demonstrate the ability to think and work independently and in a team setting

Interested applicants are to submit the following sets of documents according to deadlines specified below;

  • An application letter in English  for a Scholarship  for PhD studies  in Plant breeding& Phytopathology;
  • Form 5 filled in and signed to download from (,
  • A concept note for the research to undertake during the PhD studies,
  • An updated CV in English (maximum five pages) which includes a description of current research interests,
  • A copy of the master's thesis work written in English,
  • A certified copy of MSc degree (or equivalent),
  • A certified copy of Bachelor degree,
  • A proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL test or others),
  • Two recommendation letters in English,
  • Copy of National Identity and passport,
  • Three recent passport photos.

Note: The concept Note must also include:

Project Title: (not more than 20 words) Ph.D Research area and Discipline:

Project summary: An overall description of your anticipated PhD research concept, within iCARE frame (max. 500 words)

Project Problem and Output: Description and background of the research problem (s) you intend to address (300 words) and descriptions of outputs you expect to realize.

Literature review:   Provide a description of the methodology and research approach that have been used by previous researcher on the problems you wish to research in your PhD studies.

SelectionThe short-listed candidates shall be interviewed by a panel formed by the UR Directorate of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate studies and appointed scientists from UR-CA VM,and ULg (Universite de Liege) or UCL (Universite Catholique de Louvain).

Important dates to note:Submission of letter of application and required documents:Latest by noon 1th February,2017 Date of interview: Beginning of March 2017.Successful applicants who passed the interview will be notified the same day the interview has been conducted.Interested candidates are requested to address and submit their request and documents to:

Director of Research and Postgraduate StudiesCollege of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Rwanda, Busogo CampusP.O.Box 210 MusanzeRwanda

Soft copies of required documents  should also  be sent at the same time, as attachments, to the following  addresses, subject-  PhD Scholarship in Plant breeding& Phytopathology  at University of Liege/Universite Catholique;  and

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