Intended primarily for national research and extension services (NARES) employees undertaking MSc or PhD studies and who have completed their BSc or MSc or equivalent degree. Awards are for a maximum of three years. For PhD awards university registration before the candidate joins ILRI is strongly preferred, but not essential requirement. The fellows are required to work on a project related to existing ILRI research protocols. Each fellow will have an ILRI supervisor and shall join the institute for a period of 6 to 36 months, depending on the nature of their research and their degree registration. ILRI provides financial support, supervision and research facilities for the period at the institute and also provides supervision and research support for students who come with external funding. Awards are competitive and the selection depends upon the student's academic excellence and their particular research interest. The size of the Graduate Fellow Program is limited by the availability of ILRI supervisors, research facilities and funding.