International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT),PhD in Agriculture Scholarship (Rwanda)

PhD in Agriculture Scholarship (Rwanda)
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium ( – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient. CIAT conducts research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (
The Scholarship
As part of capacity building in Rwanda, CIAT is see
king applications for a PhD candidate to join her research team in the areas of Agriculture with focus on gender, employment and agricultural commercialization of non-traditional export crops. The successful candidate will work under the joint supervision of CIAT researchers and any of the regional Universities at which the candidate will be enrolled.
We are seeking motivated scientists interested in a doctorate degree in development work (agricultural economics, agribusiness, policy, rural development and sociology and related areas). Our project research aims are to investigate the issues of gender dynamics in Agriculture as they relate to employment and income generation within the non-traditional agricultural exports. This is part of trans-continental research work focused on sharing experiences, results and lessons to support women’s rural livelihoods in the developing world.
The scholarship is research oriented but will also offer opportunities for participation in training courses to support the candidate conduct research and share research results in regional and international regional forum.
The Candidate:
Applicants should have a strong interest in quantitative and qualitative research with statistical techniques, data handling skills, economics, agricultural markets, research management and other socioeconomic areas. They should also have excellent team spirit and attitude, communication skills and capacity to work under pressure with minimal supervision and be results oriented.
General Responsibilities
  • Conduct Ph.D. research on gender, employment and agricultural commercialization of non‑ traditional export crops;
  • Publish and disseminate evidence for influencing policy and practice;
  • Participate in efforts to integrate best practices in gender, policy and development and to generate evidence for scaling out;Work closely with supervisor and the research team to deliver on the project objectives
  • Master of Arts or Master of Science in Social Science (Rural Sociology, Gender and Development, Agricultural Economics, Social Anthropology, etc.) or related field with application to agriculture or rural development.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience after Master’s degree and an interest in empirical research
  • A proven research record of peer-reviewed outputs on gender and agriculture
  • Basic skills in study design, quantitative and qualitative analytic methods
  • Ability to establish and maintain partnerships in project implementation areas
  • Familiarity with aspects of marketing systems in Rwanda;
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken (proficiency in French is an advantage)
  • Willingness to travel frequently to rural areas in Rwanda countryside.
Terms of Scholarship:
  • This is a national opportunity and only Rwanda nationals are eligible.
  • The successful candidate will be based at CIAT-Rwanda country office in Kigali but enrolled at any of the universities in the region.
  • Duration of scholarship is a maximum of 3 years (subject to performance progress). Expected start date is 1st August 2017. A modest stipend will be provided during the study period.
  • CIAT fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. The candidate will enjoy an attractive work environment; a chance to interact with a highly motivated team and a chance to participate in collaborative international research program and attendance of scientific conferences.
Applicants should provide a 500 word-statement of intent (interest and suitability of candidate), a cover letter and curriculum vitae. A list of publications, if any, and names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. Women researchers are encouraged to apply.
How to apply:
Applicants are invited to visit to submit their applications for this scholarship, clearly indicating position title as PhD in Gender & Agriculture Scholarship (Rwanda).
Application documents (Statement of Intent, an Application letter and Detailed Curriculum Vitae) should be saved as one document using the candidate’s lastname, firstname for ease of sorting.
Applications closing date: 19th July 2017
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.