Applications for PhD Scholarship from SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)-2017

Applications for Ph.D. Scholarship – 2017 from SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)

Introduction : 
SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) under the framework of SAARC has been working for strengthening agricultural research and technology transfer through the regional network among agricultural research and development institutions and policy makers in South Asia. SAC has taken initiatives to support aspiring agricultural scientists of the region to pursue their Ph.D. degree programs in reputed agricultural universities in SAARC Region and SAC is delighted to announce the launch of an annual doctoral scholarship grant for the academic year 2017. The scholarships provide financial support for applicants from the SAARC Member States to undertake a postgraduate qualification at Ph.D. level in the field of agriculture and allied disciplines for 3 years. The scholarships are competitive and merit-based providing opportunities for regular employees of the National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES) in the respective SAARC Member States to gain their Ph.D. qualifications. 

Applicant must be a citizen of an SAARC Member State (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and must be a regular employee of the National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES) of the respective Member States. Applicants must be the age of 40 years or below on the date of the application deadline. Applicant should have a relevant postgraduate qualification (MSc/ MS/ MPhil) in agriculture or allied sciences with excellent academic records and good command of spoken and written English. Candidates having publications on climate change and conservation agriculture would get preference. Applicant must be available full time for PhD study from 2017 for 3 years. 

How to apply:
Applications are invited from potential candidates who have an interest in PhD study on this particular area. Candidates should submit application along with Ph.D. synopsis and supporting documents (certified copies of postgraduate and basic degree certificates, current CV, list of publications) to Director, SAC through the relevant ministries and SAARC Division under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / External Affairs of the home country with endorsements on or before 30th April 2017. A scanned copy of the set of application may be sent directly to Director, SAC via email as an advance copy. Circular for calling applications and Application Performa are available on

Ph.D. synopsis / Brief Ph.D. proposal:
Applicants are requested to submit a synopsis (brief proposal) of maximum 8 pages for PhD research under the given thematic area adhering to the format given here. The synopsis will be reviewed to determine whether the proposed research is in accordance with given thematic area and the quality of research for awarding the PhD degree. The outputs must lead to advance the existing knowledge in the field of investigation and to fill up the gap in the knowledge.

Selection process:

Applications received from member countries by the deadline (30th April 2017) will be pre-evaluated by the Committee headed by Director, SAC according to the following criteria: 1. Academic records of the candidate (Bachelor degree and postgraduate degree) 2. Publications and experience in relevant field 3. Relevancy and quality of Ph.D. research synopsis The final evaluation and selection will be made by SAC–BAU (host university) joint evaluation team.

Scholarship and related grant:

1. Economy class airfare from home country and return at the end of Ph.D. study 
2. Tuition fee 
3. Living allowances at the rate US$ 600 per month 
4. A one-time grant of US$ 1000 to cover up expenditure for books, study materials, computer, and thesis production. 
5. A grant of US$ 1000 per year to cover up research costs with the recommendation of Ph.D. supervisor. 

For more details, please download official notification

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