RUFORUM Pre-Call Announcement

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 129
universities in 38 African countries, with funding from Carnegie Cooperation of New York is pleased to
announce the following calls for proposals:

  1. Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Research Grants: RU/2022/GTA/01
    RUFORUM is pleased to pre-announce the availability of 40 Doctoral research grants under the
    GTA programme to support the research of the PhD candidates for two years. Please see the call
    for proposals for more detailed information. The research supported through these grants should
    have a participatory, action research approach, working closely with a range of stakeholders and
    thus contributing to the RUFORUM mission of linking universities more closely with rural
    communities and with research, extension, development and policy-making agencies. However,
    basic research may also be considered depending on the study area of the research area of the
    GTA Fellow.

2. Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships: RU/2022/Post Doc/01
RUFORUM is pleased to pre-announce the availability of seven (7) Post- Doctoral Fellowships to
former PhD beneficiaries under RUFORUM funded through the Carnegie Cooperation of New
York. The Doctoral qualification should not be older than 3 years and women are specifically
encouraged to apply. Please see the call for proposals for more detailed information. The postdoctoral fellowships build on, and help to scale up the RUFORUM commitment to strengthen
postgraduate training and academic mobility in Africa.

3. Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships: RM/2022/Post Doc/02
Applications are invited for three post-doctoral fellowships to be based at Makerere University
Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI). Please see the call for proposals for more
detailed information. Applicants will be expected to have been awarded their PhD degrees not
more than three years prior to
launching their application. The fellowships should be designed to
develop the applicant’s potential to compete, in future, for International research funding.
Fellows will be required to take advantage of the research, resources, excellent mentorship and
strong research networks through MaRCCI to achieve high quality publications, international
collaborations and for securing research grants. Applicants for the Fellowships must show a
commitment to pursuing a research career in their home countries after the training and engaging
policy makers and the public in their research work. The fellowship will be jointly funded by
MaRCCI and RUFORUM through funding from the Carnegie Cooperation on New York.


The submission of proposals for these opportunities will be opened on 1st January 2022, with submission
deadline of 15th January 2022. These pre-call announcements are being issued to allow interested
candidates to begin preparing their proposals ahead of the submission deadline. Proposals for this funding
opportunity will be submitted through the RUFORUM Information Management System, RIMS.
For inquiries or any additional information, please contact Dr Runyararo J. Rukarwa
( from the RUFORUM Secretariat.

Notes to Editors:
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), is a consortium of
129 African universities operating in 38 countries on the continent with a mission to ‘strengthen the
capacities of Universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder farmers through the
training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of
collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions’.
RUFORUM was established by Vice Chancellors in 2004 with a Secretariat hosted at Makerere University
in Kampala, Uganda. In 2014 RUFORUM signed an MoU with the African Union Commission to support
implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) Priority One
on reducing poverty and ensuring food and nutrition security. RUFORUM has supported the training of
2053 MSc, 627 PhD graduates and 229 BSc, of whom 98% work in their countries or region, the generation
of over 300 agricultural technologies and mobilized over US$236.3 million for strengthening postgraduate
education in Africa. Please visit for more information.
For additional information see contact below.
Name: Evaline Acan Corporate Communications
and Advocacy Officer

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