African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science : three year doctoral research fellowships

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The African Insect Science for Food and Health, in partnership with 32 African Universities, is calling for applications for doctoral research fellowships under the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARRPIS).

The ARPPIS programme offers three year doctoral research fellowships aimed at preparing young scholars from Africa for regional leadership roles as well as internationally competitive research careers in arthropod-related sciences.

The successful candidates will carry out research in one of the following areas:

pre- and post-release evaluation of two introduced opine parasitoids managing fruit fly pests with emphasis on Bactrocera invadens in East Africa;
bioecological studies on the downey snow-line mealybug, Rastrococcus iceryoides and its natural enemies;
evaluation of the potential role of Desmodium spp. in the national economy and soil fertility rehabilitation in ‘push-pull’ intercropping systems in Striga-infested areas in western Kenya; and
study on relative efficacy and economics of dissemination pathways for developing optimal expansion strategies for “push-pull” technology in Eastern Africa.
Candidate requirements

Applicants should hold BSc and MSc degrees with a minimum award of upper 2nd class degree or equivalent, be nationals of African countries and be a maximum age of 35 at the time of application. They should also be eligible for registration at ARPPIS member universities.

Contact details

Applicants should send a completed application form, title of proposed study, current curriculum vitae, academic certificates, references from two referees and a letter of support from a ARPPIS university either by email or post to:

The Network Coordinator, ARPPIS, c/o icipe - African Insect Science for Food and Health, Duduville Headquarters - Kasarani off Thika Road, P.O. Box 30772, 00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya. Email:

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JOSHUA's picture

Thanks for the information.

Thanks for the information. Hope all members pass it on to those that will be interested.

The meeting in Pretoria was very nice and encouraging. I hope WAYS-AFRICA will grow.