Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA): Inaugural Call for Application


The Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA) is the capacity development component of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)’s Holistic Empowerment for Livelihoods Program (HELP). ARIFA aims to produce a new generation of fit-for-purpose workforce to re-engineer African agri-food sector to provide the change factor for rapid agricultural transformation in the next 10 years, using the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) approach. Check out  under the program, suitably qualified Africans will be trained in   ARIFA- affiliated universities and centers of Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) in ARIFA affiliated countries including, but not limited to Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Italy and the Netherlands.

By this inaugural call, FARA and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM-Bari), Italy,  invite applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates for fully funded training at MSc level and Advanced Short  Courses in Agricultural Research and Innovation with focus in the following areas:

Courses Available

A. Master of Science ( 2 years)

  1. Land and Water Resource Management: Irrigated Agriculture
  2. Precision Integrated Pest Management for Fruit and Vegetable Crops
  3. Mediterranean Organic Agriculture

B. Advanced Short Courses (10 weeks)

  1. Sustainable Development of Coastal Communities
  2. Innovation & Youth Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean Agri-food Sector

Important Dates

Call for applications opens May 24, 2019
Call closes June 30, 2019
Pre-selection July  2019
Final selection & notification of selected candidates August  2019
Commencement of Short courses September 2019
Commencement of Msc courses October  2019


Application procedure

The call for the inaugural round of ARIFA opens on May   22, 2019 and closes on June 30th, 2019.

The application process will include the following steps:

 STEP 1: Check your eligibility criteria

   All applicants for the current call  must meet the following criteria:         

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  • There is no limit of age for the short courses, however, male candidates applying for MSc Program must be aged 30 years or less and females 35 years or less at the commencement of the Program.
  • Not possess citizenship or permanent residency in any country outside Africa;
  • Have attained a minimum education level of a bachelor’s  degree from a recognized university, with at least a second class or its equivalent in a relevant field;
  • Applicants that demonstrate records of engagement and contribution to solving agricultural problems will have an extra advantage;
  • Commit to participating in an alumni network of FARA IAR4D practitioners under FARA Post-fellowship plan.

 STEP 2: Read the ARIFA Document  

 All applicants are required to carefully read the eligibility criteria and the supporting documents before applying, which are available at

STEP 3: Application

Applications are made by submitting filled and duly signed application form and all relevant documents, including recommendation letters to on or before the deadline for submission.



What the fellowship covers

  • Air travel from home country to CIHEAM-Bari
  • Tuition fees waiver or subsidized
  • A monthly stipend


Some Benefits of being an ARIFA Fellow

  • Placement for Postgraduate study, MSc and short training levels in prestigious universities and centres of research in Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Italy, Netherlands etc.,
  • An innovation grant at a FARA-supported Innovation Platform in home country upon completion
  • Being part of the ARIFA alumni to drive Africa’s AR4D in the coming years


Download all required documents and application template below:

  1. ARIFA Call for Application 2019-FINAL
  2. About the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA)
  3. ARIFA 2019 Application form
  4. ARIFA Inaugural Call-Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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