IITA Research Fellowship on “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa” (Up to $10,000 Grant)

IITA Research Fellowship on “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa” (Up to $10,000 Grant)

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) seeks research project fellows for the study of Youth Engagement in Agribusiness and Rural Economic Activities in Africa. This is an action-oriented fellowship for young academics and professionals, and students at the post-course work/research stage of their programs.

IITA received a three-year research grant for “Enhancing capacity to apply research evidence in policy for youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa” funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Under the framework of this project, IITA is offering 20 research fellowships for 2018.

The research grant program seeks to contribute to policy development in youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa. It is designed to provide opportunities to engage youth to improve the availability and use of evidence for youth policies and decision-making related to youth participation in agribusiness and rural economic activities by providing them with: funding, support, and the expertise of IITA’s scientists; skills and competencies in social and economic research; and a community of other fellows with whom to exchange ideas.


  •  Awards for Research Grants are up to $10,000 (Proposals with a reasonable higher budget can also be selected depending on the quality of the research proposal).
  •  Grantees will be supervised by one IITA scientist in close collaboration with their national/university supervisor.
  •  Grantees will be offered training on research methodology, data management, and scientific writing;
  •  Grantees will be offered training on production of research evidence for policy-making.


  • The fellowships cover the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia.
  • Applicants must not be more than 40 years old at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be (i) an employee of a research institute or university in Africa (applicable to young academics and professionals only); and/or a student registered in a PhD or Master’s program in recognized universities, majoring in agricultural economics, agribusiness, or economics or a related social science, and must have finished their university course work (applicable to students only).
  • The duration of the research should not exceed 6 months.

Selection Criteria

Criteria will include the importance of the proposed policy issue, the strength of the methodological model, and proposed analysis of the study. Additionally, the review criteria will include:

  • Is the policy issue clearly defined?
  • What is already known on the issue?
  • How does the methodology relate specifically to the policy question?
  • Does the analytical plan fit the question and the data?
  • Is the applicant qualified to carry out the proposed study?


To apply for the Research Fellowship, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application form (download application form here).
  • Copy of the passport or other statement of citizenship.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), work history and education. CVs should be no longer than two pages.
  • Proof of registration at an accredited university for MSc and PhD programs.
  • Proof of employment at a research institute or university in Africa.
  • Research proposals should be organized in the order listed below, and page limitations for components must be observed. Please include your last name and first initial in the uploaded document’s name (example: LastName_FirstInitial_proposal.pdf).

The Research proposal must include the following components in one PDF document.

  • The proposal narrative should not be more than seven pages in length, single-spaced, in 12-point type with 1″ margins. Approximately three pages should be devoted to the problem statement/policy issue, theoretical framework, review of current literature, and research questions. The remaining four pages should include the methodology, contributions to policy, work plan, and dissemination plan. Applicants must present a clear and well thought out methodology and the analysis to be done. The brief dissemination plan should include the intended audience and relevant journals where the research findings might be submitted for publication and professional meetings where the findings might be presented (7 pages maximum).
  • The conceptual model(s) that outline the framework or design of the study (2 pages maximum).
  • Contribution to the field to briefly describe the potential contributions this research will make to the field of youth engagement in agribusiness and rural economic activities in Africa (200 words maximum).
  • Reference list. A list of all references included in the text or in the models. Use complete citations, including titles and all authors. (No page limit)
  • Budget. There is no specific template for the budget. It may be a simple 2-column format or a more complex spreadsheet.

Submission of Applications Applications must be submitted electronically in English or French, by email to [email protected]. Applicants will be asked to enter specific information in text boxes and upload documents in PDF format. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals in advance of the deadline.

Contact [email protected] if you have questions regarding the application or submission process.

For more information, visit IITA Research Fellowship.