Fellowships (long term training)

Through a global graduate fellowship program, ILRI provides opportunities to thousands of young scientists and graduate fellows from National Agricultural Research Organizations, universities and other institutions globally. These researchers carry out research for development activities which are firmly embedded within ILRI projects, have access to ILRI’s cutting-edge research facilities and are mentored by senior scientists, while they, at the same time, contribute to cutting edge research work.

Fellowship Categories

Graduate Fellows

Graduate fellows are MSc or PhD students who have completed their preceding BSc or MSc or equivalent degree respectively prior to joining ILRI. ILRI is not degree awarding body so the fellows are affiliated to various universities globally and therefore a university registration before joining ILRI is essential. For MSc programmes (and in some cases PhD programmes), the awardee should normally have already successfully completed his/her coursework prior to joining ILRI.

The fellows work on a project related to existing core ILRI research projects/CRPs. ILRI provides supervision and research facilities for the period of the Fellow’s study at the institute, and each Fellow must have an ILRI supervisor. Graduate Fellows join the Institute for a period of 6 to 36 months, depending on the nature of their research and their degree registration. 

Research Fellows

Research Fellows are staff scientists of universities and research institutes in developing countries undertaking work in their institutions in research areas similar to those at ILRI. Fellows come to ILRI for up to a maximum of 18 months to undertake non-degree related training in research methodologies. This programme intends to benefit the future research capability of the Research Fellow and his/her home institution. Applications should come from a nominating institution; self-nominations are not accepted.


Internships are short-term, on-the-job training for young professionals. They are meant to provide a similar experience to what would be given in a vocational school or academic educational instruction. Internships are usually 3 months or less, but can be up to 6 months in length.  Most interns are expected to attend May and September months, but the internship can be undertaken at any time during the year.