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Eligibility & Selection Criteria


The WACCI programme is specifically for full-time, professional plant breeders who will make their careers breeding new cultivars of food crops.

Prospective students should be under the age of 40 and must:

  • have an MSc/MPhil in Plant Breeding, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop Science, Applied Entomology or Applied Nematology, or an equivalent degree.
  • hold the position of agricultural research scientist in a national research institute or university, so that they can return to their home countries to conduct the field research for their PhD theses.

Applicants who have not been instructed in English at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels must have a test score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information on the TOEFL test, please contact the United States Information Service. (USIS) at the USA Embassy or Consulate in your home country or contact TOEFL directly at P.O.Box 6155, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541.6155, U.S.A.


Selection Criteria:

Call for aplications are advertised extensively in all participating countries and applications are reviewed by a panel of academics at the University of Ghana.


Selection Criteria Maximum Points
Good academic record 50
Quality of research proposal 10
Affirmative action for female  candidates or candidates with disability 10
Evidence of funding 10
Evidence of academic growth (e.g presentation of a paper at a conference, publication etc) 05
Being an academic staff/research fellow of a university/research institute/industry or has potential to be hired during or after the programme 05
Having work experience related to discipline that is being applied for 05
Evidence of leadership quality and service to society 05