FUM-UK Agroecology: Fostering teaching and research in agricultural ecology


Fostering teaching and research in agricultural ecology: FUM-UK Agroecology. This project is grounded on the International Study and Training Partnerships (German: ISAP) initiative with the goals (i) to establish international study and training partnerships with foreign universities between individual departments (e.g. through faculty exchange), (ii) to support groups of highly qualified German and foreign students who are to be enabled to complete a fully recognized part of their studies at the respective partner university, and (iii) to establish agreements on credit transfer, attractive study offers and joint curriculum development as the basis for a permanent two-way exchange. FUM-UK Agroecology aims at a long-term cooperation between the partner institutions (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (FUM), Iran and University of Kassel (UniKs), Germany), which should not only strengthen its involved institutes in the field of teaching, but also provide starting points for joint research projects. The focus of the study exchange will be "agroecology and organic food systems".

FUM-UK Agroecology runs from July 2021 to August 2023 and could successfully secure a follow-up phase from July 2023 to August 2025.

Persons in charge

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Prof. Dr. Parviz RezvaniMoghaddam, Associate Prof. Dr. Azra Ghandeharion, and Associate Prof. Dr. Hossein Banejad

University of Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences (Witzenhausen); Germany: Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert and Dr. Martin Wiehle


The core element of the funding program is the exchange of students and teachers. It is planned that during the spring/summer terms each 3 students enrolled in Iran and Germany will visit and study for one semester (lasting between 4 to 6 months) at the respective partner faculty. Teaching language is English. The courses offered are fine-tuned to the respective available courses in correspondence with a priorly and individually developed learning agreement, acknowledged and signed by either sides. For students enrolled at University of Kassel, 30 ECTS have to be obtained (which equals 10 ECTS in Iran) for students enrolled at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad 10 ECTS (which equals 30 ECTS in Germany) apply.

ISAP-stipend rates and lump sums

for students traveling to/staying in Iran (UniKs --> FUM)

  • 850 € travel lump sum (once)
  • 35 € monthly health insurance lump sum
  • 1.150 € monthly stipend

for students traveling to/staying in Germany (FUM --> UniKs)

  • 850 € travel lump sum (once)
  • 400 € monthly stipend

For staff exchange options, please contact fum-uk@uni-kassel.de (Dr. Martin Wiehle)

*Please visit our partner webpage for further information with regard to Ferdowsi University of Mashhad.


Students holding a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural, natural and related sciences are invited to apply. The following criteria are mandatory for the application process

  1. Motivation letter
  2. CV
  3. Outstanding academic performance (among the 25% best graduate students of one academic year, optional: contribution to science such as (co-)authorship in a relevant peer-reviewed international journal paper). Please provide up-to-date transcripts of record and certificates.
  4. Knowledge of English at the B2 level or higher (TOEFL or IELTS or equivalent proofs)
  5. Filled and signed application form (please request by writing at fum-uk[at]uni-kassel[dot]de)

FUM-UK attaches great importance to avoid discrimination based on personal and social grounds. A balanced share of female and male graduate students is envisaged. Potential applicants from disadvantaged groups are specifically invited to apply. When applicants of disadvantaged groups share comparable professional qualifications, they will be given priority.

Applications with all necessary documents  (as one PDF file) must be submitted per E-Mail on time at fum-uk[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. Application deadline: 15th October each year (23:59 CET). Special note for Iranian students: All three students will be selected based on the Iran National Master of Science Exam and will be announced by end of September each year (further information at https://en.um.ac.ir/News-2802.html).

For further questions: fum-uk[at]uni-kassel[dot]de.