Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for Sub-Saharan Africans

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Forestry
Course Level: Graduate (research, fellowship)
Provider: Bioversity International
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo (ASO) Fellowship is awarded annually by Bioversity International to a young forest genetic resources scientist in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The purpose of the ASO Fellowship is to give talented African scientists working on forest genetic resources an opportunity to develop their capacity through interaction with, and mentorship by a scientist at Bioversity International.

The Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo fellowship is now open for applications from African Scientists for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Applicants eligible to apply must:
  • Be a citizen of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be a scientist attached to a national university, research institution or a research-oriented NGO
  • Be under 40 years of age
  • Have at least a Master’s degree, or equivalent, in a field of study relevant to forest genetic resources
Selection Criteria:
Criteria for selection include:
  • quality of the research note;
  • educational background and scientific record in a field of relevance to the proposed research;
  • relationship to Bioversity’s priorities.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel from Bioversity International

Eligible groups
Nationals of any Sub-Saharan Africa country

Fields of study
The 2012 Fellowship should address one of the following priority research topics of importance to conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub- Saharan Africa:
  • Understanding status of and threats to genetic resources of priority forest tree species
  • Methods and approaches for conserving genetic resources of important tree species
Sponsorship duration
The research should start not later than 1 November 2012 and be completed within six to twelve months.

Scholarship benefits
The Fellowship will support research expenses and related travel and subsistence costs during field work, up to an amount of US$10,000.

NOTE: A scientist at Bioversity International will co-supervise the Fellow. The mentoring will be organized in dialogue with the Fellow and the local supervisor, based on specific needs, the research topic and the location of the Fellow.
The research plan and budget should include at least one meeting with the Bioversity co-supervisor (typically in one of Bioversity’s locations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Nairobi, Cotonou, Yaoundé, or Kampala).

Method of Application
Applicants should write a 1-2 page research note, summarizing the proposed research, as per guidelines provided in the application form. The Applicant should identify a local supervisor to guide the preparation and implementation of the research.

Applications should include:
  • ffCover letter
  • Application form, including research note
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from the home institution
  • Local supervisor letter of acceptance
You may Download the full text of the call (170 KB - pdf) and also Download the application form (705 KB - docx).

Applications can be submitted via email to: aso-2012@cgiar.org in English or French, using the attached Application Form (see above)

The deadline for this fellowship call is extended to Wednesday, 11 July 2012, due to the problems encountered with the mailbox which have now been resolved.

The selected candidate will be informed by 1 September 2012

Application Deadline: 11 July 2012
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)

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