Cornell training, African impact.
The Cornell Assistantship for Horticulture in Africa (CAHA) invests in individuals who are committed to advancing the field of horticulture in Africa. There are two assistantships through this program. The first provides funding for a doctoral student from sub-Saharan Africa to complete course work at Cornell and conduct dissertation research primarily in sub-Saharan Africa under the supervision of an Africa-based thesis advisor. The second provides funding for an African-American doctoral student to complete coursework at Cornell and conduct dissertation research primarily in sub-Saharan Africa under the supervision of an Africa-based advisor.
Requirements for African applicants:
- Already have a Master's degree
- Originate from a country in Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa
- Be of native African ancestry
Depending on the nature of the research and cost, it may be necessary for the student to secure additional outside funding. The assistantship will require 15 to 20 hours per week of teaching and/or research responsibilities. Acceptance into the program is contingent on the student's agreeing to return to sub-Saharan Africa after completion of the doctoral degree.
The Application for African students will reopen in 2024. See CAHA in action (below) to meet our current and past CAHA scholars.
New! Applications now being accepted for North American students
Deadline: December 1, 2021.
This is a new part of the CAHA program and is open to applicants from across North America and gives preference to applicants who have a Master’s degree and are of African-American ancestry.
The successful candidate will work on a doctoral thesis project that will be carried out at least partially at a sub-Saharan African institution. The thesis research will deal with some aspect of horticulture, and the major professor must be a member of Cornell's Graduate Field of Horticulture. The work in Africa will be conducted under the supervision of an Africa-based advisor, who will be an ad-hoc member of the student’s committee. Applicants who are interested in this opportunity but need assistance developing research relationships on the ground in Africa can rely on support and introductions from the faculty involved in managing the CAHA program. See contact info below. Funds will be available for the student's major professor to travel to the country where the student is conducting the doctoral research.
Applicants must apply to the Cornell Graduate School. Visit the Cornell University Graduate School website for application instructions. Deadline is December 1, 2021
Applicants must also apply for the CAHA fellowship.
Applications should include the following with all documents in English:
- Complete curriculum vitae.
- Complete application form: Go to onlne application.
- Each applicant must include a research proposal, not to exceed 5 pages. (Submit with online application. See form for instructions.)
- Three letters of recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional).
- Certified/true copies of transcripts of grades from the undergraduate, graduate, and other post-secondary education institutions you've attended, in English.
- Official copy of degrees and/or diplomas awarded.
- Graduate Record Exams (GRE) are not required but may be submitted.
- Applicants must also be accepted by the Cornell Graduate school. Deadline is Dec 1, 2021 for fall 2022 admission. See Graduate School application instructions.
All certified documents, including vitae and letters (in English), should be submitted electronically to caha [at] cornell.edu or by mail to Josh Balles, 233 Emerson Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
The deadline is December 1, 2021 for Fall 2022 admission.
If you have questions or need more information, email caha [at] cornell.edu.
CAHA was founded in 2006 thanks to a generous gift from Chris Wien, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ‘71, professor emeritus of horticulture. In the 1970s, Wien spent time working in Africa at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture. That experience awakened him to the continent’s need for greater support in horticulture education.