ARPPIS-DAAD Scholarships Application

ARPPIS-DAAD doctoral scholarships for study at icipe, Kenya


Closing date for applications: 11th February 2019

Any application received after this date will not be considered or acknowledged.

Please read all instructions carefully

ARPPIS-DAAD PhD scholarships







  1. Download and complete the scholarship Application Form

      To download the Application Form as a doc file click here

      To download the Application Form as a docx file click here


  3. Find a list of the available projects here: List of projects

  5. Then go to the online application platform by clicking here and add information and upload your completed Application Form and the following documents:
    • Certified copies of all university degree certificates. Please combine into one file. If necessary, you may zip the file to make it smaller for uploading.
    • Certified copies of all university transcripts. Please combine into one file. If necessary, you may zip the file to make it smaller for uploading.
    • Copy of a signed recommendation letter from your employer (if currently employed) or University where MSc was undertaken. The letter must be on institute letterhead.
    • If applicable, an official letter confirming that you will be granted study leave from your university or research organization. The letter must be on institute/university letterhead.
    • If applicable, an official letter confirming release from teaching duties (university staff members only). The letter must be on university letterhead.
    • Close-up photograph in colour of your full head and upper shoulders.
    • Copy of National ID.
    • Copy of Passport biodata page (the page that has your picture and personal details)

    The accepted formats for documents are: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, zip, rar, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, and the maximum size for any one file is 5MB.

    Once you have entered and uploaded everything, click the Continue button. This will take you to the Review your Entries page where you can review and change anything in your application. When you are satisfied with your application, click the Continue button to submit your application. This cannot be undone, so please make sure all your application information is correct before submitting. We will send an email acknowledgement when we receive your completed online application.


How to certify your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree certificate and transcripts

  1. Your degree certificates and all transcripts must be certified by one of the following (i) the University where you obtained the degree; or (ii) a Commissioner of Oaths (Lawyer), who may charge you a fee for their services; or (iii) Ministry of Education in the country where you obtained the degree; or (iv) Higher Education Commission in the country where you obtained the degree.
  2. To get the documents certified, take the original documents and high quality photocopies to the office of certification, and ask the certifier to:
    1. Check the originals are genuine.
    2. Check the copies to be certified are identical copies of the originals.
    3. Write or stamp ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on each document, then sign and date underneath. If the certifier is using a stamp, please make sure an ink stamp is used. Embossing stamps are not acceptable.
    4. Under their signature, the certifier must write their name in CAPITAL LETTERS, adding their occupation, address, telephone number and email address.
    5. If the original is a multiple page document, each page must be checked against the copy to ensure that it is correct. The certifier can then proceed as follows:
      1. Sign each page of the copy
      2. Certify the last page of the copy, as described above.
  3. Scan (in colour) all pages of the certified copies. Upload onto the Online Application Platform.

Note: Failure to certify using the instructions above will lead to the rejection of your application.





Q: I may not be able to obtain one of the official letters before the deadline. Should I still submit my application?

A: You must submit all official letters that apply to you (please read the Instructions for more details). It is important, therefore, to start the application process as soon as possible if you think it may be difficult to obtain any of the letters.


Q: May I submit my application by email?

A: No. Only applications submitted through the online platform here will be accepted.


Q: I am over the age limit. May I apply?

A: Yes, you may apply. We prefer to select candidates who are within the age limits. However, even if you are beyond the age limit you could still be selected if your application is very strong.


Q: May I submit my application in French?

A: No. Your application must be in English.


Q: I cannot upload one of my files. What is wrong?

A: (1) Your file could be too big. The maximum size for any single file is 5 MB. Please reduce the file size if it is too big. (2) Your Internet could be too slow or intermittent. It is highly recommended that you reduce the sizes of your files as much as possible to facilitate uploading. Also, try uploading your documents when Internet traffic is low, e.g. at night. (3) Perhaps you are trying to upload a file that is not one of the accepted file formats (Accepted formats: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, zip, rar, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif)


Q: My first degree is not Second-Class upper division or First Class. May I apply?

A: Yes, you may apply. If the rest of your application is very strong then we may consider your application.


Q: I have already registered for a PhD at a university. May I apply?

A: No. ARPPIS PhD students develop their proposals and then register at a university after they start their PhD programme at icipe.


Q: I have completed all the requirements for my Master’s degree but I have not yet graduated. May I apply?

A: Yes you may still apply. However, instead of the Master’s degree certificate please provide an official letter from the university stating that you have completed all the requirements for the Master’s degree.


Q: Can I choose a PhD project that is not on your list of projects?

A: No. You must select one or two projects from the list of Eligible Projects (see list of projects). If you give a project title that is not on the list then your application will not be considered.


Q: I submitted my application online, but I did not receive an email application. What is wrong?

A: There are two possibilities: (1) you entered an incorrect email address, or (2) You did not complete the submission process. Please read the Application Procedure very carefully and resubmit your application.


Q: I obtained my Master’s degree more than 6 years ago. May I apply?

A: No. The Master’s degree must have been completed less than six years ago at the time of application.


Q: I submitted an incorrect application. Can I submit another application (the correct version)?

A: Yes. We will delete the older version and only consider the newest version that you submit.




In case of any questions regarding the application, kindly contact:

Ms. Vivian Atieno,

Capacity Building Officer,

Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme, icipe

Tel: +254 20 863 2272



Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. We look forward to receiving your application.