INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE (IITA)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY (WU)
Wageningen, The Netherlands
The IITA-Lukas Brader Scholarship Fund (LBSF): For PhD in Agriculture and Related Sciences
The Scholarship: IITA, in collaboration with WU through the IITA-LBSF Scholarship Program, provides
graduate training for outstanding students from sub-Saharan Africa to conduct research towards a PhD
program in agriculture and related sciences. The scholarship is offered once in every two years. Previous
awards were made in 2003 and 2005. The next award will be made in 2007.
The scholarship covers three phases: six months of preparatory work at WU, followed by approximately
three years of research at IITA and finally a period of approximately six months at WU, completing the
thesis. During the research period at IITA, regular contact with the supervisor in Wageningen goes by email.
Moreover, if necessary, the student may pay one short visit to Wageningen and the Wageningen supervisor
may visit the student at IITA during the research period. The successful recipient will conduct research in
areas pertinent to his/her country’s agricultural development interest and IITA’s research priorities—crop
improvement (cassava, maize, plantain and banana, yam, cowpea, and soybean), plant health, and
resource and crop management. The scholarship provides financial support at WU and at IITA to cover
costs of living, study, research, and transportation to and from WU and IITA. Successful candidate will be
expected to carry out his/her research at one of IITA stations located in Nigeria, Bénin, Cameroon and
The Wageningen University. Founded in 1918, WU has been an important education and research center
in the plant, animal, environmental, agro-technological, and social sciences. WU has extensive experience
in developing countries through cooperative projects, consultancies and faculty exchange, and development
programs. WU is the only university in the Netherlands that offers MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences. For further details visit http://www.wau.nl/phd/phd_programs.
The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture was established in 1967 in Ibadan, Nigeria. It aims to
enhance the food security, income, and well-being of resource-poor people primarily in the humid and
subhumid zones of sub-Saharan Africa by conducting research and related activities to increase agricultural
production, improve food systems, and sustainably manage natural resources, in partnership with national
and international stakeholders. (For further details see IITA’s web site at http://www.iita.org).
Qualifications: Candidates must satisfy normal admission requirements of WU and have an MSc degree in
agriculture or a related science. In addition, candidates must have full proficiency in the English language
and may be required to take an appropriate qualifying examination. Age limit: 34 years at closing date.
Application and selection procedure: Application should be submitted on the form attached to this
announcement (also available at IITA web site) and returned with a brief curriculum vitae, a research
proposal of not more than ten pages on one of the topics listed below, transcripts, copies of degree
certificate(s), and three letters of reference to the Coordinator, IITA Training Program. These should be sent
by e-mail to: IITA-Training-Coordinator@cgiar.org or by post to the mailing address below. All applications
will be reviewed by IITA, in consultation with WU, after which IITA will submit a short list of candidates that
will receive WU’s application forms. The successful candidate will be announced at the end of the screening
exercise. The deadline for the submission to IITA is 31 December 2006.
Coordinator, Training Program OR International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture c/o L.W. Lambourn & Co.
Oyo Road, P.M.B. 5320 Carolyn House
Ibadan, Nigeria 26 Dingwall Road
Fax: (234-2) 241 2221 Croydon CR9 3EE, U.K.
E-mail: IITA-Training-Coordinator@cgiar.org Fax: (44 20) 8681 8583
Recognition: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with funds initially provided by the Government of Italy, A.G.
Leventis Foundation, and members of the IITA Board of Trustees, has instituted “The Lukas Brader Scholarship Fund (LBSF)” in
recognition of Dr. Lukas Brader’s achievements during his tenure as the Director General of IITA.
Research Topics: Develop a research proposal on one of the following topics:
Heterotic patterns of early and extra-early maturing, Striga resistant inbred lines based on grain yield
and molecular markers.
Persistence of Beauveria bassiana formulations and their inter-specific relationships with arthropod
biodiversity in the management of diamond back moth Plutella xylostella L. (Lepidoptera:
Yponomeutidae) on cabbage in vegetable agro ecosystems.
Identification of P use-efficient soybean and cowpea genotypes and understanding their roles in P and N
nutrition in cereal-legume cropping systems.
Molecular analysis of somaclonal and genomic variations during in-vitro and field propagation in Musa
Transgenic approaches for improvement of starch functionality in cassava: production of 'waxy' type
cassava varieties through suppression of the granule bound starch synthase gene.
Identification of the functional characteristics of cassava and yam genotypes in relation to industrial uses
in target countries.
Biological control of Fusarium verticillioides and F.proliferatum using atoxigenic strains.
Genetic transformation of east African banana cultivars for drought resistance.
Yield response to planting density, fertilizer application and agronomic and IPM measures of plantain
varieties grown in different fallow types.