Fully funded 5 PhD studentships in Precision Agriculture

Last application date
Sep 30, 2017 13:53
LA12 – Department of Soil Management
Limited duration
MSc in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Addressing food security issues in the light of the rapid population growth is an increasingly important global challenge. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than has been over the past 10,000 years (2008 UN sustainable development forum). One way to achieve this is by managing farm resources site specifically using advanced technologies in precision agriculture. Precision agriculture technologies play an important role in addressing the conflict between producing more whilst operating within a sustainable framework.

Fully funded 5 PhD scholarships in Precision Agriculture are available in Precision Soil and Crop Engineering Group (SiTeMan), within the Department of Soil Management, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering in Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium. We are looking for top MSc students, to work as PhD candidates under a recently funded project by the Flemish Scientific Research (FWO) under the Odysseus I call for proposal 2016, with a total budget of €3.5 M: Towards Establishing a Centre of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management. The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technology for managing farm resources (seeds, fertilisers, pesticides, water, and manure) site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders.

The following 5 PhD projects are available under this project:

  1. Site specific fertilisation.
  2. Site specific manure injection.
  3. Site specific pesticide applications.
  4. Site specific soil compaction management.
  5. Site specific seed rate management.

We are looking for top students with a MSc degree obtained between September 2017 and not earlier than September 2014. Successful candidates will have the following responsibilities:

  • Run your PhD project and deliver the project results in a timely manner.
  • Submission of high quality publications in international journals.
  • Link and integrate with research project of the other PhD students under Odysseus project as deemed appropriate.
  • Contribute to group activities as requested by your promoters that are within the remit of the role and the grant, and the associated grade. This may include:
  1. Supporting and collaborating with MSc and PhD students.
  2. Contribution to teaching programmes if requested to do so.
  3. Assist in other activates in the group as deemed necessary.


Profile of the candidate

The candidate should fulfil the following requirements:

  • Have or will soon have a MSc degree in Agriculture Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Mechatronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Should have knowledge in the use of basic engineering software and modelling languages, such as, MATLAB Toolbox, LabVIEW, DaisyLab, AutoCAD, or C++…..
  • Desirable to have knowledge in sensing technologies, modelling and control theory.
  • Good contextual understanding of agricultural systems, precision agriculture and the ability to work in the field with agriculture machinery.
  • The candidate should have a high level of proficiency in English sufficient to communicate effectively with colleagues and write papers and reports.
  • Good practical problem solver / Ability to find appropriate solutions to academic and technical problems.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team within a dynamic research group.



  • We offer fully funded PhD positions starting between 1st November 2017 and 2nd January 2018. We offer approx. €23787 per year (€1982 per month) based on a full working week (38 hours).
  • Candidates will have the opportunity to work within a stimulating research environment within the SiTeMan Group with interdisciplinary team comprising of agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists and data mining experts, where many international collaborations are foreseen.


How to apply

Applications should be submitted by not latter that 30th September, 2017, enclosing the following documents:

  • Cover letter outlining your motivation, research and teaching experience.
  • Detailed CV and publication record.
  • Your MSc degree or an interim document if you are still finishing your MSc.
  • A verified transcript of your MSc and BSc degrees.
  • Indicate your interest in the above 5 PhD projects.
  • Two reference letters from academic members.

Applications should be submitted via email with subject ‘PhD scholarships under Odysseus project’ to project promoter Prof. Abdul Mouazen (E-mail: ).

CMAAE MSc Scholarships for BMGF Anchor Countries in Africa

The Collaborative Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics (CMAAE) is seeking students for the MSc scholarships. Scholarships are available in the area of Agricultural and applied Economics for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The aim of the scholarships is to strengthen local individual and institutional capacity to conduct independent, rigorous inquiry into problems pertinent to the management of Sub-Saharan African economies through synergistic programmes combining economic research with postgraduate training in economics.

African Economic Research Consortium is a premier capacity building institution in the advancement of research and graduate training that inform economic policies in Africa.

Course Level: These scholarships are available to pursue the master degree.

Study Subject: These scholarships are awarded in the field of Agricultural and applied Economics.

Scholarship Award: These scholarships will cover the following:

  • In its 3-year programme, our funding agency, in cooperation with the CMAAE Programme of AERC, is offering up to 50 in-region scholarships for the Master of Science Programme in Agricultural and applied Economics

Numbers of Scholarships: Up to 50 scholarships are available.

Scholarship can be taken in Africa

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following area for these scholarships:

  • Must be nationals of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda or Ethiopia;
  • Must have attained a First Class or a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree in Agricultural Economics or related field from a recognized university;
  • Must be willing to work in their country government ministries/ institutions upon graduation.

Nationality: Applicants of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda or Ethiopia can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have a First Class or a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree.

English Language Requirement: Applicants should have a good command in the English language.

Master Scholarships

How to Apply: Applicants can apply via online mode.

  • Scholarship application letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • MSc admission letter or temporary/provisional admission letter, or an official letter assuring admission with fee structure;
  • Certified copies of University transcripts and certificates;
  • Academic reference from at least a Senior Lecturer;

Online application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 15, 2017.

Scholarship Link

PhD position in Integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes, Switzerland

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland), and University of Zurich (UZH) are internationally recognized institutes that are committed to the ecological, economical and social management of water. They offer excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities, and long-term research programs and data sets. These institutions share common goals towards education, research, and technology transfer at the highest international level.

The Department of Aquatic Ecology (Eawag) and Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies (UZH) have a vacancy for a

PhD position in Integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes

We invite applications for this PhD position (position reference URPP-GCB-FA-17-01) in integrating environmental DNA (eDNA) and remote sensing to assess fundamental biodiversity and ecosystem processes. The position is part of the established interdisciplinary University Research Priority Programme on Global Change and Biodiversity (URPP GCB) at UZH (http://www.gcb.uzh.ch).

Biodiversity is both a response variable affected by global change drivers and a factor modifying ecosystem processes and services that are essential to human well-being. An improved capability to predict the consequences of changes in drivers will aid improved prediction of the state of the environment. The URPP GCB implements innovative avenues in this research domain by using a latitudinal gradient approach based on interactions, feedback and scale, to provide a more reliable and robust knowledge of global change processes.

We are looking for a motivated candidate, capable of integrating two emerging research fields, namely environmental DNA (eDNA)-based diversity assessments using high throughput sequencing (HTS) and remote-sensing based assessments of plant diversity and related carbon stocks and fluxes. We therefore invite applications for a PhD position integrating eDNA and remote sensing research to fundamentally assess biodiversity.

This project builds on recent advances in molecular and remote sensing techniques, creating novel opportunities to assess biodiversity in a unifying and scalable way. Individually, eDNA and remote sensing offer unprecedented temporal and spatial resolutions of biodiversity information. The goal of this PhD project is to develop and test an integration of both approaches in a set of well-defined natural ecosystems, to get unified measures of biodiversity and ecosystem processes. You will assess and link biodiversity and ecosystem processes in a series of well-defined test sites using eDNA and remote sensing with a focus on tree diversity, decomposer diversity, and carbon stocks and fluxes. The ultimate goal is to upscale and predict diversity at the landscape level.

The successful applicant will be based in Zurich and embedded in a supervisory team including Prof. Dr Florian Altermatt (http://homepages.eawag.ch/~altermfl/Home.html), and Prof. Dr Michael Schaepman (http://www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/rsl/about-us/staff/schaepman-michael). You will work in the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental studies and the Department of Geography at UZH, and Eawag in Duebendorf. All of them host several research groups working on a variety of topics assessing the key drivers of global change and biodiversity.

To apply, all applicants must have a completed master’s degree in Ecology, Molecular Ecology, Geosciences or a closely related science field. Applicants must have proven previous laboratory and bioinformatics experience in eDNA or HTS approaches, and ideally should have some knowledge on spatial or remote-sensing based data analysis. Experience in programing and bioinformatics skills is an asset. A high standard of written and spoken English is required. The position can start as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The employment will be trough UZH. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent person with a passion for science to join our team. We offer outstanding working conditions, a high quality of life in Zurich, and an excellent support environment.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 May 2017

CRP-ICGEB Research Grants 2017

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) offers funding opportunities are now open through the Collaborative Research Programme (CRP). CRP-ICGEB Research Grants, dedicated source of funding at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance for the host country and of regional interest.

Study areas:

  • Basic Science
  • Human Healthcare
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Bioenergy

Number of grants available: 3 Standard Research Grant; up to 2 Early Career Return Grants


Standard Research Grants

  • Applicants for research grant proposals (identified as “CRPs”) must hold positions at Universities or Research Institutes in any of the ICGEB Member States 
  • Active collaboration with ICGEB Research Groups is welcome but is not compulsory.
  • Particular attention will be given to projects addressing issues of interest for specific geographic regions and presented by groups collaborating across more than one country.

Early Career Return Grants

  • A special category of CRP-ICGEB Early Career Return Grants is intended to fund young researchers with an outstanding track record, who have spent a minimum of 2 years abroad and have recently returned to an ICGEB Member State to establish their own independent laboratories.
  • Applicants for Early Career Return Grants must not exceed 40 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be returned to an ICGEB Member State (except Italy) no more than 2 years prior to submitting the application.

Grant value: The maximum annual contribution from ICGEB is Euro 25,000; funds may be used for expenditures that are directly relevant to the project (include purchasing consumable items, scientific literature and basic standard laboratory equipment, travel and training costs can also be covered)

Duration: maximum 36 months

—————Quick Overview————-
Organization International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Fellowship Level Research grants
Country Italy
Subject areas Biotechnology, Basic Science, Human Healthcare, Industrial Biotechnology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Bioenergy
Fellowship amount Euro 25,000
Eligibility ICGEB Member States
Deadline 30 April 2017


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Top-Up Master Grants for International Students in Ghent University Belgium, 2017

The new Ghent University Top-up Grants is an offer for all new students from least developed Countries, low-income countries, lower middle-income countries and upper middle-income countries. Grants are available to pursue the master or master-after-master degree programme taught in English.

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences. Ghent University aims to encourage its students to adopt a critical approach within a creative, development-oriented educational and research environment.

Course Level: Grants are available to pursue master or master-after-master programme taught in English.

Study Subject: Grants are available to pursue the following programme:

Master programmes

  • European Master of Science in Nuclear Fusion and Engineering Physics
  • European Master of Science in Photonics
  • International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology
  • International Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • International Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering
  • International Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
  • International Master of Science in Rural Development
  • Master of Science in Aquaculture
  • Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sanitation
  • Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering
  • Master of Science in Food Technology
  • Master of Science in Geology
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development (Human Nutrition)
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development (Rural Economics and Management)
  • Master of Science in Nutrition and Rural Development (Tropical Agriculture)
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources (Land Resources Engineering)
  • Master of Science in Physical Land Resources (Soil Science)
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Materials Engineering
  • Master of Science in Textile Engineering
  • MSc in Business Engineering (Data Analytics)
  • MSc in Business Engineering (Finance)
  • MSc in Business Engineering (Operations management)
  • Master of Science in Business Economics (Accountancy)
  • Master of Science in Business Economics (Corporate Finance)
  • Master of Science in Business Economics (Marketing)
  • Master of Arts in African Studies

Master-after-Master programmes

  • Master of Science in Banking and Finance
  • Master of Laws in European Union Law
  • Master of Laws in International and European Law
  • Master of Laws in International Business Law
  • Master of Laws in Law and Economics
  • Master of Arts in Advanced Studies in Linguistics
  • Master of Science in Maritime Sciences
  • Master of Science in Marketing Analysis
  • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering
  • Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology
  • Master of Science in Space Studies
  • Master of Science in Statistical Data Analysis
  • Master of Science in Integrated Water Management

Scholarship Award: The scholarship fee consists of:

  • Allowance of €650 per month.
  • All-in insurance (health, civil liability, repatriation)

Airline ticket and visa costs are not included in the grant.

Number of Scholarships: Each year, a minimum of 10 scholarships can be awarded.

Scholarship can be taken in Belgium

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship.

New students who wish to obtain a Master’s or Master-after-Master’s degree at Ghent University.


  • You have to have a bachelor degree when applying for a Master programme.
  • You have to have a Master degree when applying for a Master-after-Master programme.

Nationality: Students have to come from a country on the long list of the OESO-DAC country list.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Students must have a bachelor degree when applying for a Master programme

English language Requirements: To be able to determine the proficiency of someone’s knowledge of Dutch or English, Ghent University uses the Common European Framework Reference for Foreign Languages. There are six foreign language proficiency levels and is a basis for the recognition of language qualifications.

Developing Countries Scholarships

How to Apply: You cannot apply yourself. The programme you apply for selects a maximum of 3 top-students.

Application Deadline: There’s no open call. Each programme (taught in English) proposes their top 3 applicants to the Committee for Development Cooperation (CDC). The decision will be taken May 18, 2017, by the CDC.

Scholarship Link

Doctoral Fellowship in Austria

DOC [Doctoral Fellowship Programme of the Austrian Academy of Sciences] financed by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy, additional funding comes from the City of Vienna and the Province of Styria


To enable young, excellent doctoral candidates from all disciplines to carry out their dissertation project within a definable period of time

Eligibility Requirements:

  • no age limit
  • maximum 2 years after completion of the Diplom or Master degree (for exceptions see programme information)
  • enrolment as a doctoral candidate at an Austrian university

Amount of Funding:  37,000 euros annually before tax in addition, max. 500 euros annually for travel expenses

Funding Duration: 24 to 36 months

Deadline for Application: October 1, 2017 (postmark)


Type Doctoral Fellowship Programme
Subjects All discipline
How to Apply DOC- Instruction for Applicants 
Deadline  September 15, 2017
Organisation Austrian Academy of Sciences
Contact application@oeaw.ac.at.

USAID Public University Scholarships

More about this scholarship

USAID Public University Scholarships is to support high school graduates to attend excellence programs at public universities.


  • Candidates applying for USAID Public University Scholarships who have achieved first or secondary results are given priority.
  • Applicants from Egypt, enrolled in Thanaweyya Amma are eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students from government schools including STEM schools are preferred.
  • Students who are active in community services are taken into consideration.
  • USAID Public University Scholarships are also available specifically for physically challenged students.

Documents Required

  • Certified copies of 1st and 2nd secondary school years.
  • Applicant must submit a Letter of Recommendation.
  • Attach a valid National ID.
  • Financial statement of the applicant’s parents.
  • Students must submit a letter of consent from their parents.
  • Student record issued from school student affairs in case of suspension.
  • Explain about participation in any extra-curricular activities.


  • Assiut University
  • Mansoura university

  • Cairo University

  • Alexandria University

  • Ain Shams University