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Legume Best Bets IV project: Call for Scholarship Applications: MSc in Agronomy 2018/19
The Legume Best Bets IV project titled “Farmer Research Networks and Multi
Environmental Trials for Soil Health, Productivity of Maize-legume Farming Systems and
Livelihoods” funded by The Mc Knight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program is
looking for one highly qualified student to pursue Master of Science degree in Agronomy at
Bunda Campus, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).

Areas of Research

The research is action oriented focussing on maize-legume farming systems under smallholder
farms in different environments. The research is aimed at identifying technologies that contribute
to resilient farming systems, soil health, crop productivity and rural livelihoods in Kasungu,
Mzimba and Ntcheu Districts. Potential candidate will focus on identification of context specific
soil health options for improving soil and crop productivity; and evaluate impacts of maizelegume systems on soil organic matter pools.

Application Requirements

Qualified Malawian candidates should have strong BSc Degree in Agronomy, Agriculture or any
other relevant agricultural related field with a strong background in Agronomy and must have a
GPA of not less than 3.0. Selection of candidates will be based upon the merit of the transcript
submitted, strength of CV, quality of concept note, and should also have been already admitted
in MSc Agronomy program at LUANAR. The application package must include the following:

• Certified copy of your first degree certificate
• Certified copy of your first degree transcript
• Concept note focusing on the areas provided above (2-3 pages maximum)
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three references from qualified referees

Assistantship Support

The support provides research expenses based on the budget, tuition fees and student upkeep
based on academic standing and research progress.


Period of the scholarship

The period of the scholarship is two years. The successful candidate should therefore make sure
that studies are completed within two years.

Expected Outputs

Duties will first and foremost be to conduct novel research on Multi-Environmental Trials to
identify context specific soil health options. The student will be expected to produce a thesis,
publish journal article, present research findings in scientific fora, locally and globally, and
support use of research outputs by researchers within the project. The candidate will help to
coordinate research activities in the project areas in Ntcheu, Kasungu and Mzimba.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are asked to submit their applications before end of business on Friday 15th
March 2019 to the following:

Legume Best Bets project - Multi-environment Trials Applications
The Head of Crop and Soil Sciences Department
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Bunda Campus
P O Box 219, Lilongwe

Electronic copies should be submitted to: wmhango@bunda.luanar.mw
NB: Late applications will not be considered.