The entry requirements into the program are the following :
• Candidates must be from the WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, or Togo) ;
• Candidates must have a Master’s Degree, or its equivalent in Soil Sciences, Crop Sciences, Agro-forestry, Forestry, Animal Sciences, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) or other relevant disciplines, with at least an average of 60 % (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien) ;
• Experience with modeling routines or GIS would be an advantage but not a prerequisite ;
• Candidates must submit the following documents : 1) completed application form ; 2) birth certificate ; 3) certificate of nationality ; 4) two recent passport photos ; 5) MSc official transcript or equivalent ; 6) transcript of grades for the obtainment of MSc or equivalent ; 7) abstract of the MSc (or equivalent) Dissertation ; 8) transcripts of previous university degrees ; 9) transcript of grades for the obtainment of university degrees ; 10) detailed CV ; 11) letter of motivation (personal statement should include the student’s academic and personal qualities as well as his/her interests in research in the area of Climate Change and Agriculture) ; 12) a project pre-proposal (which will be fine-tuned under the guidance of supervisors, if admitted) ; 13) support letter from employer (if employed) granting study leave, in case of success ; 14) names and contact details of 3 referees, one of whom must be his/her Master’s supervisor.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
The program will admit a maximum of 10 students per batch (one student per country). There shall be equitable distribution of students across the WASCAL countries.