November 22, 2014

FARA Grants, Fundings and Fellowships for African Agricultural Researchers

FARA Grants, Fundings and Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Agriculture
Course Level: Graduate (research, PhD, postdoctoral)
Provider: Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is an umbrella organization bringing together and forming coalitions of major stakeholders in agricultural research and development in Africa.

FARA complements the innovative activities of national, international and sub-regional research institutions to deliver more responsive and effective services to its stakeholders.

It plays advocacy and coordination roles for agricultural research for development, while the national agricultural research systems (NARS), advanced research institutions (ARIs) and international agricultural research centres (IARCs) develop improved technologies along the research-to-development continuum in their respective countries and coverage areas.

Eligibility varies depending on the Grant, Funding or Fellowship. Please see official website for details (link found below).

FARA in its Vision and Mission statements emphasizes its commitments to the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and CAADP’s goal of agriculture-led development. It confirms in its Value Proposition that it will do this by bringing continental and global perspectives to the networking support of the SROs and NARS. FARA’s Super Objective is to sustainably reduce African food insecurity and poverty and enhance environmental conditions. This is to be done by sustainably establishing high broad-based agricultural growth in Africa (General Objective). FARA will make this contribution by achieving its Specific Objective of sustainable improvements to broad-based agricultural productivity, competitiveness and markets.

Eligible groups
All FARA stakeholders, both African and non-African, depending on the task at hand

Participating Institutions
Our partners are the SROs, research institutions, civil societies, government institutions, international organisations and potential donors.

African Political Bodies and International organizations
  • Click here to search African political bodies and sub-regional organisation websites
Research institutions
  • NARS – National agricultural research systems
  • ARIs – Advanced research institutes
  • IARCs – International agricultural research centres
  • Universities
Civil societies
  • Farmer organisations
  • Private sector
  • NGOs
Government institutions
  • Policy makers
Development partners/donors

Fields of study
All fields of agricultural research and development

Scholarship benefits
FARA has developed four Networking Support Functions (NSFs) that correspond to the results FARA wants to achieve.

The four NSFs deemed necessary and sufficient for FARA to be able to deliver the results of this Strategic Plan are listed below.
  • NSF1/3: Advocacy and policy – Supports the SROs and their constituent NARS in establishing appropriate institutional and organisational arrangements for regional ARD (including conducive research infrastructure and policy and financial environments).
  • NSF2: Access to knowledge and technologies – Empowers researchers and end users by providing them with access to information, learning opportunities, and new technologies. This is achieved through mechanisms for exchange of technology-based innovations and information both within and between sub-regions, and through decision-making tools designed to transform information into knowledge that can be used for innovation.
  • NSF4: Capacity strengthening – Ensures that Africa has the human and institutional capacity in public, private and civil society organisations and institutions for innovations needed to ensure the achievement of improved and broad-based agricultural productivity, competitiveness and markets. This is essential if the African Vision of a 6% annual growth in agricultural production is to be achieved.
  • NSF5: Partnerships and strategic alliances – Catalyses and facilitates the establishment of partnerships that bring together the range of expertise and capacity needed to achieve FARA’s objectives. These partnerships draw on all FARA stakeholders, both African and non-African, depending on the task at hand. They create capacity for agricultural innovation which, linked with the other supporting functions, improves the efficacy and impact of African ARD.
Method of Application
To apply, visit the website (link found below); select the call of interest of you and follow its specific application procedure and requirements.

You can reach us by sending an email to the FARA Office in Accra:

Application Deadline: Varies / Ongoing
Open to International students: Yes (mainly Africans)

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