Sokoine University of Agriculture in collaboration with the ZALF (Leibniz Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research, Germany), Unilurio and IIAM (Mozambique) has received funding from the Germany Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to undertake the VEGI-LEG Project (Implementing innovative processing technologies for nutrient-dense plant foods {African indigenous vegetables and legumes} to safeguard perennial nutrition security– an East African and Southeast African country comparison)

The aim of the project is to improve food and nutrition security through processing of pigeon peas and African indigenous vegetables with research activities in Zambezia Province (Mozambique) and Lindi Region (Tanzania). The project has a capacity building component with two PhD scholarships available within the framework of the project. 

These scholarships are awarded within the field of food processing and nutrient preservation to improve nutrition status and household income.  

The aim of the scholarships is to support higher education and training of Tanzanian scholars working or with the potential to work in research and academic institutions. Selected PhD candidates will register as full-time PhD students at SUA in Tanzania.

Scholarship Offer
The scholarship will be tenable at SUA with short research visits at the University of Hohenheim and the Leibniz Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF). The scholarship will cover tuition fees, a monthly stipend and research expenses (according to SUA fee structure) limited to a maximum of three years. Successful candidates will be required to apply for admission at SUA and be registered at the Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must hold MSc Nutrition, MSc FST or other equivalent degrees in related fields.
  2. Applicants should be highly motivated, self-driven and diligent.
  3. Willingness to travel to distant areas (Lindi) with extended stays in the field
  4. Good academic background with solid skills in a range of statistical software.
  5. Excellent communication with a good command of English.
  6. Team player with good interpersonal skills
  7. The tentative start date will be as soon as possible
  8. Full time availability of applicant thereafter to fulfil project tasks and activities to accomplish research goals of the project.

Application process
Interested candidates who meet requirements are invited to submit a concept note (3 pages maximum), with reference to the PhD focus, and research assumptions and questions. 
In addition, the application should be accompanied with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least one publication authored by the applicant (as first author), a reference letter from their MSc Dissertation supervisors and contact details of 2 academic referees. 

Application documents should be submitted by email to Dr. Hadijah Mbwana ( or with a copy to Ms. Mariana Ngowi (

Deadline for application is October 18, 2018 -Working hours. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Thereafter successful applicants will be contacted for an interview at a date to be specified later.


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