Most RP-PCP students are post-graduates. Through the Zimbabwean institutions, they can engage on MSc (1 year), Mphil (2 years), or PhD (at least 3 years). Through other institutions and co-founding, they can engage on MSc, PhD or other degrees if the scope and geographic area of the project correspond to the ones defined by the RP-PCP and if an agreement has been reached with the Steering Committee.
Every year, a selection process of research projects is organised. At the end of the year, project proposals are submitted to the coordinator who circulates them amongst members of the scientific committee. During the first Steering Committee of the year, projects are selected based on scientific criteria, available funds, and potential co-funding. The following year, on-going projects are evaluated and if more support is requested, the steering committee assesses the relevance of the request. Each year, funding is given in priority to on-going projects.
If most students are young academic, students belonging to governmental services such as the Park Wildlife and Management Authority and the Department of Veterinary Services are encouraged in order to implement stakeholder-driven science and to promote the capacity building of local services.