Fully Funded Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) | RUFORUM Research Grant 2022


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Over the years, universities in Africa have sought opportunities to send their staff for post-graduate training abroad in a bid to strengthen research and training, at very high costs. The loss of faculty for 4 to 5 years has negatively affected universities. In order to meet the growing demand for Doctoral level scientists in Africa, the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme was initiated by RUFORUM (a consortium of 129 universities operating in 38 African countries) Vice Chancellors to improve the quality of higher education at African Universities by increasing the proportion of academic staff with PhD qualifications, contributing to locally relevant research and reducing the time away from the home institution. The initiative was officially launched by the then African Union Commissioner for Human Resource, Science and Technology, H.E. Dr Martial De Paul Ikounga on 25th July 2014 in Maputo, Mozambique during the RUFORUM Fourth Biennial Conference. The specific objectives of the GTA are to:

  1. Improve the quality of higher education and increase the pool of PhD-level trained academic staff in African universities;
  2. Provide opportunities for the doctoral research to contribute more directly to African Development
  3. Strengthen inter- university collaboration in the field of higher education in Africa; and 4. Promote staff mobility among RUFORUM member universities, and across Africa.


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The RUFORUM Secretariat announces the availability of 40 PhD research grants under the GTA programme to support their doctoral research over two years. The research supported through these grants should as much as possible 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.

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Applicants should be registered at a PhD Programme in one of the RUFORUM Network universities as Graduate Teaching Assistant and must have completed and passed their course work before the grant can be awarded. If applicants have not yet completed their coursework by the deadline date then proof of successful completion of semester one must be included in the application. Each applicant should submit a 2-3page motivation letter to support his/her application. All the PhD Programmes in the RUFORUM Network universities are Eligible. Female PhD students, including non GTAs are particularly encouraged to apply.

Financial support

The grant will support majorly research

Application Period

Receipt of Applications will open 01 January 2022 and close 15 January 2022 at 17:00hrs (EAT).


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Method of Application

Proposal preparation guidelines

For an understanding of the RUFORUM mission and the emphasis which underpins selections, and general information and guidelines on Doctoral Research Grants, you are referred to the RUFORUM.

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