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West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) 2021 Masters & PhD Scholarships - Ghana

The Scholarship Award Scheme (SAS) is provided by the Government of Ghana (GoG) and the World Bank (WB) to support promising African students to pursue Masters (MSc/MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) study programmes in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, and Environmental Management and Sustainability, and to conduct related research in the West African sub-region in particular and the Africa Region at large.

Enrolled students will be supported to develop international experience in one or more of the WACWISA’s international partners’ laboratories and field stations. The need for highly trained skilled professionals is paramount given the issues of water scarcity and the need for the development of functional and efficient irrigation infrastructure in Africa. This is towards the ultimate goal for the intensification of agriculture, increased productivity and food security.

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About West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA)

The West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) was established in 2019 by the University for Development Studies (UDS) as a semi-autonomous Centre of Excellence to undertake cutting-edge research and training in irrigation, drainage, water resources management, sustainable agriculture, climate change and food and nutrition security.  WACWISA has as its  vision “to be a leading world-class academic and research Centre specialized in irrigation, water resources, sustainable agriculture and climate change” and, a mission of “deve... read more


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WACWISA Postgraduate Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of WACWISA Postgraduate Scholarship

  1. Tuition, Research and Learning Costs
  2. Monthly Stipend
  3. Research Costs
  4. International Placement/Mobility Costs

Requirements for WACWISA Postgraduate Scholarship Qualification

  1. Meet the standard University for Development Studies Admission requirement for both local and international students.
  2. Apply for the Masters/Doctor of Philosophy programme in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering at the University for Development Studies.
  3. For the Masters programme, candidates must have the following qualifications:
    1. MPhil Irrigation and Drainage Engineering – A Bachelor’s degree (honours) or equivalent with at least a Second-Class Upper Division in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation and Management, Horticulture, Agronomy, Hydrology and Watershed Management and Engineering, Agricultural Technology, Soil Science or related fields.
    2. MSc/MPhil Environmental Management and Sustainability – A Bachelor’s degree (honours) or equivalent with at least a Second-Class Upper Division in Natural Resources Science and Management, Biology, Agriculture, Development Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies/Science or related fields.
  4. For the PhD programme, candidates must have a minimum qualification:
    1. PhD Irrigation and Drainage Engineering – Research-based Masters degree or equivalent in related field (Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation and Management, Horticulture, Agronomy, Hydrology and Watershed Management and Engineering, Agricultural Technology, Soil Science).
    2. PhD Environmental Management and Sustainability – Research-based Masters degree or equivalent in related field in Natural Resources Science and Management, Biology, Agriculture, Development Studies, Geography, Environmental Studies/Science.
  5. Practical field training/experience in irrigation and drainage or Environmental Management and Sustainability related activities is an added advantage.
  6. All shortlisted applicants shall be interviewed.
  7. Applicants must be less than 35 years for the Masters programme and less than 40 years for PhD
  8. Be nationals of and resident in Africa.

Note: Female candidates in the West-Africa sub-region are particularly encouraged to apply.


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Documents Required for Application

  1. Submit an official/certified academic transcript from the previous University of study and a certified copy of academic certificates, with official English translation provided where necessary.
  2. Masters applicants MUST submit a three (3)-page and PhD five (5)-page maximum research proposal which shall contain a research topic, background, problem statement and justification, objectives, materials and methods and expected results.
  3. All applicants shall submit a two (2)-page statement of motivation outlining their fitness for the study programme and benefit of the training to their home country and Africa in general.
  4. All applicants to the Masters or PhD programmes must submit two (2) academic letters of reference and one (1) professional letter of reference.
  5. Provide a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) – maximum two (2) pages
  6. Provide a copy of Identity Card (ID) or Bio-data page of National Passport


Application Deadline

June 30, 2021


How to Apply

Applicants should submit full complement of documentation to [email protected] and copy [email protected] with a subject line “WACWISA Masters and PhD scholarships”

All applicants must also submit applications for admission into the relevant programme at the University for Development Studies, Tamale – Ghana available at www.uds.edu.gh

For more details, visit WACWISA website.



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