BHEARD scholarship opportunities for South Sudan

The scholarships will support master's study at regional universities in Africa. Training programs will cover up to two years of courses and research.

Under its Feed the Future initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has instituted the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program. Implemented by Michigan State University (MSU), BHEARD honors the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug. The program will support long-term training of agricultural and food security researchers and policy advisors at the master's and doctoral levels. This is a major effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and policy advisors and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries.

South Sudan has been selected as one of eleven countries for scholarship support under the BHEARD program. The scholarships will support master’s study at regional universities in Africa, beginning in August 2017 or 2018. Training programs will cover up to two years of courses and research for master’s students. Studies will be undertaken at a regional university, such as in Kenya or South Africa.

Applications are invited from South Sudanese students who meet the requirements below.  Preference will be given to employees whose work involves agriculture with organizations such as:

  • non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • private sector institutions
  • private university academic staff

Applicants may study any field of agriculture that relates to food security in South Sudan.  These fields may include crops, soils, agricultural economics, food science and nutrition, post-harvest technology, and agricultural extension.

The Trainee Selection Committee will review applications and select candidates based on the following criteria:

  1. South Sudanese national residing in South Sudan.
  2. Strong academic performance at the Bachelor’s level (first or upper second class pass). Relevant educational background and professional experience.
  3. Strong written and spoken English language skills.
  4. Evidence of commitment to a future career in developing agriculture in South Sudan.
  5. Under 32 years of age for master’s applicants. An exception may be made for female candidates up to 38 years of age.

 **Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.**

 Apply online through our application portal.

The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2017.

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