Call for Applications - Master's Thesis Programme in knowledge exchange for food and nutrition security

HORTINLEA (Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa) is an interdisciplinary research project addressing food security in East Africa, particularly in Kenya. 19 East African and German universities and research institutes work collaboratively to generate and distribute knowledge in order to increase horticultural production and consumption, especially of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs). The overall goal is to improve the livelihood and nutritional situation of the rural and urban poor.

The project is looking for Master students who are interested to complete their Masters’ thesis with HORTINLEA and who have already demonstrated excellent performance in their field of study in East Africa or Germany. The Master’s Thesis Programme will give students the great opportunity to get insight into a multi-stakeholder international research project. Moreover, students will research at the interface between interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and analyse how innovative knowledge exchange can promote food and nutrition security in East Africa. In this regard, students will be linked with the policy arena, private sector, NGOs, value chain and other relevant Kenyan and international actors. The project offers challenging case studies, financial support for the thesis writing phase, insight into project survey data as well as experienced researchers and practitioners, who are ready to supervise and guide students through the thesis process. Furthermore, the students will be encouraged to present the results of their Master’s thesis at international conferences and publish at least one peer-reviewed article.

The SLE and its partners have identified topics from different research areas related to knowledge management and knowledge exchange. The project is looking for Master students who are interested to conduct their research in 2016.

Descriptions of each of the theses projects can be found here.

Selection criteria:
Very good Bachelor degree in agricultural, communication or related field
  • Excellent performance in their current study
  • Profound knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Fluency in English with very good writing skills as well as knowledge of local languages in the partner countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia).
Candidates should be registered at Kenyan, Tanzanian, Ethiopian or German universities and be about to start their Master’s thesis. Students are invited to apply by writing a one page synopsis on the suggested specific topic and are free to decide what their synopsis should look like, based on the information provided in the theses project description.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents via e-mail:
  • Synopsis on the specific topic (1 page)
  • Motivation letter (0,5 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including academic referees)
  • Short summary of bachelor thesis (max. 2 pages)
The deadline for applying for the SLE Master’s Thesis Programme is May 31st 2016 by following the application procedure outlined in the project description of each individual topic. You are welcome to apply for more than one thesis topic - in that case please send one joint application and make sure to prioritise the different topics. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Please send your application as one PDF file to: Marlen Bachmann (marlen.bachmann@agrar.hu-berlin.de)

Selected candidates will be notified by June 14th 2016.


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