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CMAAE has an internship programme that places recent graduates as interns in regional organizations. The institutions collaborating with AERC under the alumni internship programme are such as the Living Standards Measurements Survey (LSMS) Group of the World Bank (executed through National Statistical Bureaus in the region), The World Food Programme (WFP)-Purchase for Progress (P4P) Project on Data Analysis and Knowledge Management at AERC Nairobi, the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB), CIAT and other agricultural Research Institutions in the region.

CMAAE PhD. Scholarships

This is an upgrading initiative aimed at building human resources capacity at the participating departments within the framework of ensuring that universities take full responsibility of the programme. This activity is implemented through a regional PhD programme executed through any of the eight accredited universities in the CMAAE network in the region as well as through a sandwich arrangement between the regional universities and universities in developed countries. At present the CMAAE programme runs a sandwich PhD arrangement with Cornell University in USA. Scholarship opportunities are also available for academic staff development under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Those wishing to apply for the PhD scholarships must be academic staff from departments of Agricultural Economics of the Non-Accredited Universities (NAUs) in the CMAAE network.   The NAUs in the CMAAE network include: University of Juba-South Sudan,  University of Swaziland-Swaziland, National University of Rwanda-Rwanda, Stellenbosch University-South Africa, University of Zambia-Zambia, Botswana College of Agriculture-Botswana, Moi University-Kenya, Eduardo Mondlane University-Mozambique) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology-Kenya. Applicants must fulfill the following conditions:  


  • Possess a Masters Degree in a relevant field related to Agricultural and Applied Economics;
  • Be an academic staff under academic staff development programme in the Non-Accredited  university in the CMAAE network;
  • Submit a signed recommendation letter from the head of department from the non-accredited university  recommending them for fellowship support;
  • Submit a concept note approved by the proposed supervisor and a curriculum vitae for review;
  • Submit certified copies of their bachelors and masters academic transcripts and certificate for review; and
  • Possession of at least 1 relevant publication in a refereed journal will be an added advantage.


Candidates must first obtain admission from the university that offers the PhD degree programme before applying for the scholarship. Upon receipt of an admission letter from the specific university, candidates should submit their application for scholarship to AERC on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and attach a copy of the admission letter. In addition, candidates should attach their curriculum vitae and certified copies of their academic certificates and transcripts. The deadline for applying for the scholarship is usually indicated every year on the announcement placed on the AERC website.

CMAAE Faculty Research

In order to promote continental networks, research, policies and development as a means to empower smallholder farmers, the CMAAE runs a faculty research grant programme. Faculty staffs submit their research proposals to the research department of AERC on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposals are then externally reviewed and successful applicants are invited to the AERC biannual research workshop to present their proposals before a team of experts in the research area as well as other researchers. Faculty research grants are awarded to those who have successfully presented their proposals so that they can proceed to the field for data collection, analysis and reporting. Researchers are also required to make presentations of their work-in-progress as well as final reports in subsequent biannual workshops. 

Staff Exchange Programme

As part of strengthening agricultural policies through capacity development, CMAAE runs a staff exchange programme to enable scholars from participating departments to visit other universities across the SSA and beyond. This is to enable them share their knowledge and experience as part of contributing to agricultural development in the region.  The visiting professors have the opportunity to co-teach post graduate and under-graduate programmes during their visit and carry out collaborative research with the host professors. Applicants can submit their applications at any time of the year to the CMAAE Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Theses Dissemination

In an effort to empower farmers and policy makers with research based outputs for good practices and policy considerations, the programme runs theses dissemination workshops for graduate research results. The workshops bring together smallholder farmers from whom data was sourced, government extension officers, policy makers, academic advisors, research organizations and donors. This is an on-going programme as the feedback from participants, particularly smallholder farmers has been commendable in terms of uptake of the recommendations from the workshops.

Programme website, Publications and new Collaboration with Strategic Partners

The CMAAE produces electronic newsletters covering key activities undertaken in the Programme on a bi-annual basis. Besides, the Programme maintains links to the Agecon Search as part of strengthening networking in the Programme, with over 20 CMAAE alumni theses uploaded into the worldwide link of the agricultural economists. To access the CMAAE uploaded theses, go to http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/handle/93991. 

Support to CMAAE graduates/alumni to present papers in relevant conferences

In an effort to address empirical research issues pertinent to agricultural policy and development in the region, the Programme supports alumni to present papers drawn from their thesis work at various international conferences. Alumni are encouraged to work on publications from their theses either for policy briefs or journal publications as part of contributing to policy and knowledge in the discipline.



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