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Guidelines, templates and document submission.

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Here you will find guidelines and templates required for document submissions related to your degree and research. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting any documents. If the guidelines are not followed, your document will not be approved.

Choosing Your Research Topic

As you begin to identify a research topic, please examine research background papers that iAGRI has prepared on eight broad research themes relevant to Tanzania. Choose the paper below that is most closely related to your area of research.

Human Nutrition in Tanzania
John Msuya (SUA), Joyceline Kaganda (TFNC) and Bennink Maurice (MSU)

Agricultural Policy Analysis Research in Tanzania
Isinika, A. C. and Mibavu, G. M.

A Review of Crop Improvement Research in Tanzania With Specific Focus on Maize, Rice and Horticultural Crops
Ashura Luzi-Kihupi, (PhD), Sophia Kashenge-Killenga (PhD), and Conrad Bonsi (PhD)

Extension Systems in Tanzania: Identifying Gaps in Research
Prof. Raphael Wambura, Prof. David Acker, and Ms. Kissa Kajigili Mwasyete

Climate Change and Food Security in Tanzania: An Analysis of Current Knowledge, Research Gaps and Recommendations for a Research Agenda
Maliondo, E. J. Mpeta and J. Olson

Gender and Agricultural Productivity in Tanzania
Lyimo-Macha, J. G., Msaki, T., Makindara, J. R., and Bonsi, E.

Transforming Key Production Systems: Value Chain Management
Anna Temu (PhD), Donald Larson (PhD) and R. Ngaiza (MBA)

Water Resources Management in Tanzania
Mahoo, H., Simukanga, L. and Larry Brown

Required Documents

Before you can begin your research, you are required to submit and have approved three documents: Your research proposal, timeline of activities, and budget. Please use the templates and instructions below to create each document. Once it is approved by your advisor, committee, and/or supervisor please submit using the online document upload form. If you would like, you can submit multiple documents with a single form. After you officially submit your thesis, you are required to upload an electronic copy using the same form.

1. Research Proposal: You should follow your university’s required format for your research proposal. Once you receive formal approval from your advisor, committee, and/or supervisor you must submit the proposal using the document upload form.

2. Timeline of Activities: Download the template using this link and use it to plan a schedule for your research activities. Once approved by your advisor, committee, and/or supervisor, submit the timeline using the document upload form.

3. Budget: Click the following links to download the budget template and appropriate budget guidelines (MSc Guidelines or PhD Guidlines). Use these documents to create a detailed budget. If possible, insert electronic signatures to complete the form and submit using the document upload form as an Excel file. Alternatively, you may submit an unsigned Excel file and also submit a scan of the signature page. Please do not submit a budget that exceeds the maximum allowance ($5,000 for MSc students and $15,000 for PhD students).

4. Thesis and Abstract: After your thesis and abstract are officially submitted to your university, you must upload an electronic copy for iAGRI’s records using the document upload form.

Monthly Reporting

Once all your documents have been submitted and you have received approval to begin research, you should begin submitting the monthly report form by the end of each month. Please note, monthly reports are only required during the research phase of your degree program, but disbursement of your living stipend may be delayed if you fail to submit the form on time.


Research Proposal Follow your university's formatDocument Upload Form
Timeline of Activities Use the template from this linkDocument Upload Form
BudgetDownload either MSc Guidelines or PhD Guidelines then use the template from this linkDocument Upload Form
Monthly Report Required by the end of each month during researchMonthly Report Form
Thesis and Abstract After officially submitted to your universityDocument Upload Form

iAGRI Policy and Technical Documents for Students

Thesis/Dissertation Expectations of Student:
Thesis/dissertation defense expectations document

Ph.D. travel policy and travel request form

Dependent Policy:
USAID & iAGRI policy concerning dependents

Other iAGRI Documents:
Needs Assessment 2012
Performance Managment Plan 2012

Hosting Your Advisor

As part of iAGRI’s scholarship program, academic advisors are expected to visit their students in Tanzania during the research phase of their degrees. Students and local supervisors are considered the main visit coordinators, with iAGRI staff playing a supporting role.

Expectations for students as they host their advisors are provided in this document. Please review this information to ensure your advisor’s visit is well-planned and productive. Additional information about advisor travel is available here. These pages contains guidelines for advisors as they plan their trip, including required forms and travel advice.


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