Call for application: PhD Scholarship in participatory risk mitigation of aflatoxin contamination in maize; Evidence based approaches

A consortium of the Technical University of Denmark, University of Nairobi, Chuka University, Africa Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya Bureau of Standards, and East African Grain Council is awarding a three-year Ph.D. scholarship in Food Safety and related discipline. The scholarship is available for students of all nationalities and will be undertaken in one of the partner academic institutions in Kenya.

The research area of focus

The successful candidate is expected to work on designing evidence-based approaches to risk mitigation of aflatoxin contamination of maize in the Lower Eastern and the Rift Valley Regions of Kenya. The work shall entail designing participatory studies that will deploy citizen science techniques in the generation of evidence for developing the performance criteria, food safety objectives, and appropriate level of protection in risk mitigation of aflatoxin contamination in maize. The student is expected to work in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists undertaking a farm-to-fork risk assessment and mitigation, utilizing an evidence-based approach. Additionally, the student shall design participatory approaches that are inclusive and appropriate for scaling out of interventions in the community.

This study is part of the overall “Versatile risk-based surveillance, regulation and control of aflatoxins in Kenya” project that is funded by the Danish International Development Agency. The project is being led by the Technical University of Denmark and has a multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary approach for designing and deploying a risk surveillance system for aflatoxin contamination in maize which is the major staple in Kenya. The successful student will work with multiple stakeholders from both public and private sectors in Kenya.

Scholarship award

The scholarship is for a period of 3 years and the successful; student will be expected to undertake his studies in one of the partner institutions, the University of Nairobi or Chuka University, in Kenya. The scholarship award carters for tuition fees, research costs, and a stipend that covers the living and subsistence costs.


The desirable candidate should have the following qualifications:

· A master's degree or its equivalent with a research component in fields of food science, food safety, or related disciplines.

· Be willing to learn or have an experience in social science research that deploys participatory approaches in data collection.

· Be a highly motivated individual and willing to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

Application process

Interested students can submit an email application to the project PI, Dr. Patrick Kamau Njage, through the email under the subject “WP2.1 Ph.D. Scholarship”. Please include the following documents in your application:

· A one-page cover letter detailing your interest in the topic and why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

· A curriculum Vitae (Maximum of 3 pages)

· Academic transcripts

· Personal contact details

· Contact two academic referees

· List of publications (if any)