Tailored opportunities: Scholarships for short-term scientific training and research stays on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss and waste


The CLIFF-GRADS fellowship program invites applications from students from developing countries[1] currently enrolled in masters or PhD programs for short-term scientific research to expand the evidence base for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss and waste in priority supply chains in developing countries.

Fellows will quantify the greenhouse gas emissions and climate change mitigation impacts of food loss and waste (FLW)-reduction interventions in food supply chains, as well as estimate the cost of interventions and any constraints to implementation. Priority will be given to supply chains with a high potential for reducing FLW, such as the livestock sector, fruits and vegetables, or cereals at large scales, and where interventions for reducing FLW are plausible or being implemented. All research should focus on supply chain action in developing countries. With other students in this cohort, students will contribute to the development of a standardized methodology for estimating emissions that enables comparison of supply chains and can inform mitigation accounting. Research should enhance the evidence for FLW reduction and associated emissions reductions. Specific topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests.

Selected fellows will receive USD 10,000 for short-term (3-6 month) data collection and related research expenses. The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. Grants may not be used for tuition or unrelated personal expenses.


Applicants should be pursuing graduate research related to food systems, the circular economy, food loss and waste, life cycle analysis, climate change mitigation or greenhouse gas quantification. Where possible the work will be conducted in partnership with supply chain partners, such as food companies. Quantitative skills to calculate GHG reductions are essential.


  • Deadline for applications: 30 September 2018.


Applicants must be nominated by a research supervisor at a host institution. The host institution is defined as an organization that:

  1. supports research, such as a CGIAR center, other international research center, national research organization or university;
  2. has current research projects, expertise or a mission relevant to applied research on food loss and waste and the mitigation of their greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries; and
  3. can supervise and provide mentorship to the student and provide workspace.

The application must include the following documents merged into one pdf file:

  • 1-2 page motivation letter (described below)
  • Copy of your passport page, demonstrating citizenship in a developing country
  • 1-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact details
  • Letter of support from your university supervisor.  The letter should also confirm that you are an enrolled student at this university.
  • Letter of support from your research supervisor at the host institution.
  • All applications must be in English

The motivation letter must be no more than two A4 pages, using an 11-point font, and include the following:

  1. Your name, name of the university where you are enrolled and name of your host institution.
  2. The overall objectives of your graduate research, including your research experience with:
    a. Food loss and waste
    b. Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture/food systems and climate change mitigation
  3. A description of the research proposed for this call, developed in coordination with the host institution research supervisor.

As this is an emerging area of work, we encourage you to submit an application, even if your expertise is primarily in one area (FLW or GHG quantification) or where you may require some technical support to complete the research. Be sure to identify needs for technical support in your letter.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Author: African Academic/Researcher

Science and Research by Africans for Africa

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