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PhD Programs Admission Requirements

Eligible candidates mainly from African countries are invited to apply for studying in the above-mentioned PhD and MSc programs starting from this date of announcement up to 30 April 2017. The medium of instruction for all three programs will be English. Candidates from countries in the region may apply. Deliberate effort and consideration will be made towards correcting the apparent gender imbalance that exists in professional development at higher educational institutions in the region, and particularly in the agricultural sciences.
1. For male applicants, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or equivalent at the Master’s level and 3.00 or equivalent at the Bachelor’s level. For female applicants, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or equivalent at the Master’s level and 2.75 or equivalent at the Bachelor’s level.
2. Applicants must have an MSc degree in fields related to agriculture (plant sciences, animal sciences, agricultural economics, rural development and agricultural extension) and natural resource management (natural resource economics, agro-forestry and forest management, rangeland management, biodiversity conservation and management, soil and water conservation, land resource management and administration, climatology/agro-meteorology, disaster/natural risk management, and other related disciplines).
3. Applicants must submit a research concept note relevant to the PhD degree sought. The concept note should not exceed 2000 words. The concept note should clearly define the research problem, elucidate research done so far to address the problem, identify gaps, justify the research work to be done, formulate clear objectives, methods, and indicate expected outcomes, how the outcome will tackle problems related to climate change in priority area, with annotated references.
4. Applicants should also submit a copy of the abstract of their Master’s thesis as well as copies of their scientific publications.
5. Maximum age at the time of application: 35 years.
6. Applicants must pass an interview for admission into the programs (interviews will be conducted via Skype for students from countries other than Ethiopia and in person or via Skype for those in Ethiopia at convenience).