Rockefeller Foundation-funded Research Grant at Makerere University School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

MSc Research Grant

Course(s) Offered: Forestry, Environment
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: Rockefeller Foundation
Country to Study in: Uganda

Scholarship Description
Makerere University is calling out applications for a Rockefeller Foundation funded research project on climate in agricultural systems of Uganda, in the School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University.

The goal of the project is to provide a framework for developing farm and community level adaptation strategies to climate change in Uganda’s agricultural and natural resources management systems.

In this regard the project intends to; 1). Assess vulnerability of agro-ecological zones to climate variability and change, and 2). Identify adaptation measures to the effects of change on a selected agro-enterprise within an agro-ecological zone.

Successful applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Bachelors degree in either Forestry, Geography, Agriculture, Environment, OR Natural Resources management
  2. Outstanding academic records for the undergraduate studies
  3. Currently enrolled in an MSc programme at Makerere University, preferably in the 2nd year of study.
  4. High motivation and commitment to completing the research and dissertation write-up within a period of 12 months on commencement of the research project
Eligible groups
Citizens of sub-Saharan Africa (in Uganda)

Participating Institutions
School of Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Makerere University, Uganda

Fields of study
Graduate research in Forestry, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Number of awards
Only one position is available

Sponsorship duration
The research is expected to be completed within a 12 month (1 year) period

Scholarship benefits
Research Grant will cover every area of project. For specific details, please contact the Rockefeller Foundation or Makerere University

Method of Application
Applicant must detail his/her specific area of interest of the two major activities (see paragraph on goal of the project) and provide a concept note of no more than 4 pages. You may read the official call for applications(pdf).

Interested persons should submit applications and recommendation letters from two academic referees not later than 20th May 2011 to Dr. Shuaib Lwasa ( copied to Dr. Edward Nector Mwavu (

Applications must be received by email not later than 20th May 2011

Makerere University Kampala (MUK) is Uganda's largest and third-oldest institution of higher learning, first established as a technical school in 1922. In 1963, it became the University of East Africa, offering courses leading to general degrees from the University of London. It became an independent national university in 1970 when the University of East Africa was split into three independent universities: University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), and Makerere University.

In the years immediately after Uganda's independence, Makerere University was a focal point for the literary activity that was central to African nationalist culture. Many prominent writers, including Nuruddin Farah, Ali Mazrui, David Rubadiri, Okello Oculi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, John Ruganda, Paul Theroux, V. S. Naipaul and Peter Nazareth, were at Makerere University at one point in their writing and academic careers.

UPDATE (2017): U.S. News & World Report has ranked Makerere University as the eighth best university in Africa and the 569th best university worldwide. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016 ranked it as the fourth best university in Africa.

Application Deadline: 20 May 2011
Open to International Students: No(ONLY Africans)

Further Scholarship Information and Application

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