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Host Institutes

Here you will find the current institutes that have agreements with OWSD.  If you find a PhD programme that is suited to your needs, you should write directly to the host institute and identify a supervisor in your field. If you are accepted by the supervisor for a PhD programme you can then apply to OWSD for a PhD Fellowship. Please note that other institutes, not included in the list below, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate resources and expertise.

The list of recommended host institutes is growing all the time. If you have already identified a host institute in another developing country and it is not included here, please write to and we will see if we can establish an agreement with the institute.

IAU - Istanbul Aydin University

Republic of Türkiye
Collaborating since: 2020

The Istanbul Aydin University (IAU) is a non-profit and state-recognized university. Since its establishment in 2003, IAU has grown rapidly as the top choice of many students. It now has 40,000 students, of which nearly 4,500 are international. IAU offers associates, bachelors and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. In order to meet the demands of the labor market in the global economy, IAU emphasizes competency in its teaching, has internships integrated in curricula and offers on the job training opportunities to its students through its many industry partnerships.

IAU is committed to internationalization of its student body and academic programs. IAU Directorate of International Relations is responsible for managing and developing international activities.

PhD programmes eligible for the OWSD fellowships are Mechanical engineering as well as Electrical and electronic engineering.

IAU is also member to many international associations including EURAS (Eurasian Universities Union) and UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union).

IAU offers a Girls Dormitory on campus to provide a peaceful, safe and comfortable environment for its women students.

For more information, please contact Mr. Syed Sohaib HASSAN at

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Collaborating since: 2016

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centers dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

ILRI through its graduate fellowship program provides opportunities to young scientists and graduate fellows globally to undertake quality research-for-development (R4D) within ILRI projects.  The fellows are able to access ILRI’s cutting edge research facilities, receive mentorship from ILRI scientists while at the same time make a valuable contribution within the following broad ILRI PROGRAM areas:

  • Animal and human health
  • Feed and forage resource development
  • Livestock genetics
  • Impact at scale
  • Policy, Institutions and livelihoods
  • Sustainable livestock systems

For more information please contact Leah Symekher– Capacity Development Officer (ILRI) +254 20 4223417 or mail

Rhodes University

South Africa

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a well-established University located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is a small research intensive university which enjoys the distinction of having amongst the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member. The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and in producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS)


The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GSCAAS) focuses on agricultural research and rural development through technological advancement and offers 53 PhD programmes and 65 Masters programmes in four key areas: agriculture, natural sciences, engineering and management science, covering 17 major disciplines, of which 10 are at PhD level (biology, ecology, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, agrostology and agricultural economics) and 17 at Masters level (atmospheric science, biology, ecology, agricultural engineering, environmental sciences and engineering, food science and engineering, crop science, horticulture, agricultural resources and environment, plant protection, animal science, veterinary, forestry, agrostology, management science and engineering, agricultural economics and library information and archive management).

GSCAAS provides its students with access to the facilities of 39 research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) located throughout China. As of 2015, there are more than 4300 graduate students, inlcuding over 150 foreign students coming from more than 40 countries.

The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS)


The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) is a higher education institution focusing on graduate education. With four campuses in Beijing and five education centers outside the capital city,
UCAS is also backed by more than 100 CAS institutes throughout China specializing in all branches of the natural and engineering sciences. UCAS  implements a two-layer education system whereby course work is carried out at the Beijing campuses, while research work is primarily carried out at the various CAS institutes. At present, there are over 40,000 graduate students at UCAS, of whom 50% are doctoral students.
To date, UCAS has conferred masters and doctoral degrees to more than 109,000 students.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)


Universiti Putra Malaysia is a leading research university in Malaysia. It has 15 faculties, 11 institutes, 2 schools and 21 centres. It offers academic programmes, researches and training opportunities in all major fields of studies, especially in agriculture, applied sciences, biomedical, biotechnology, forestry and engineering. 

As a university with a world class reputation, UPM's academic programmes are internationally recognized. With its educational excellence, it continues to attract growing numbers of students and staff from around the world. Currently, it has 3,805 international postgraduate students out of a population of 10,047 postgraduate students. 

Its researches are highly rated internationally across many disciplines such as agriculture and food, biosystems and biotechnology, environment and energy, applied sciences and engineering, just to name a few.

University of Cape Town

South Africa

South Africa’s oldest university (founded in 1829), University of Cape Town is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions with a long tradition of academic excellence and cultural diversity that characterizes its staff and students who come from over 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world.  UCT has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science - which are all supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

Xidian University

Collaborating since: 2015

Xidian University is one of the highest ranking universities in China in the areas of computer science, telecommunication engineering and electronic information engineering and one of the very first institutions of higher learning in China to have offered degrees in IT related sciences including information theory, information system engineering, radar, microwave antenna, electronic-mechanical engineering, and electronic countermeasure. With its 16 schools and over 1,900 full-time teachers, it has received several awards and recognitions of educational excellence at the national level.

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