Tailored opportunities: Special Research Fund – Doctoral Scholarships for Candidates from Developing Countries


It is a (North- South) sandwich PhD program, the candidate from developing country will spend 24 months in Ghent University and 24 months in a University in a developing country.

Who can apply?

  • The candidate who can find professor from Ghent University who can be supervisor or ‘promoter’ for the doctoral research and who agrees to support the application.
  • There is no restriction with the field of research though topics that are relevant for development are demanded
  • Anyone with a nationality of any developing country and who can provide the following documents:
    • The candidate must have a local supervisor at the partner University
    • Whether the candidate is either a fulltime funded PhD student or staff member of the partner University
    • That the candidate is exempted from teaching and other assignments in order to concentrate on the PhD research in the south
    • That the candidate gets scholarship or salary during the 24 months of the candidate’s PhD research at local University in the South

How to apply?

Applications should be made on the application form provided for this purpose Criteria used for candidate selection are the following: Applicant’s qualification, doctoral project , relevance of research topic for development, scientific potential of the promoter’s research group/s, partnership between Ghent University and the local institute, the scientific potential of the local institute

Funding or Benefits?

  • There will be funding for the 24 months at Ghent University with the support from “Special Research Fund”, the remaining 24 months will not be funded
  • The promoter from Ghent University will receive €15,440 for operational costs and the travelling costs of the student, and promoters

Deadline? March 4, 2019

For detailed information about the call please visit this link


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Tailored opportunities: Short-term postdoctoral research fellowship-Scientific review of Ecosystem based adaptation


The (African Climate & Development Initiative) ACDI is in the processing of developing its research strategy with regards to ecosystem based adaptation, in the broader context of UCT’s ecosystem services, livelihoods and climate change research.  This research strategy will support the ACDI to leverage funding to identify and address critical research gaps that need to be addressed to make EbA a viable adaption intervention/ strategy under different contextual settings throughout Africa, and to train the next generation of African researchers in this key area.


  • The candidate should be a PhD holder within the last five years with topics related to ecosystem services, climate change adaptation or integrated natural resources management, with demonstrated ability to produce peer-reviewed research articles, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, desire to work in an interdisciplinary research setting


  • No benefits or allowances are included in the Fellowship, but the fellowship stipend is tax free.
  • The successful applicant will be required to register as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and will not be considered a UCT employee.
  • The value of the fellowship is ZAR 60 000 for 3 months.


Applicants should submit: (i) an application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the position, (ii) a CV including a publication list, (iii) copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates, and (iv) email addresses of at least two references who been directly involved in their PhD and/or previous postdoctoral research.


Applications should be emailed to: nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za before 31 January 2018.

Interviews will take place in the week of 5-9 February 2018 and the successful candidate is expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.

Contact details for submission of applications: Noma Somatube at nomabelu.somatube@uct.ac.za or http://www.acdi.uct.ac.za/vacancies/short-term-postdoctoral-research-fellowship-scientific-review-ecosystem-based-adaptation

Contact details for enquiries about the fellowship topic and ACDI: mark.new@uct.ac.za

Tailored opportunities: North American Pollinator Protection Campaign: Call for Research Proposals Related to Honey Bee Health


The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is seeking proposals for research related to improving the health of honey bees. Proposals should focus on research to manage, suppress, and eradicate Varroa mites, small hive beetles, and other pests, pathogens, and diseases contributing to colony losses. Summaries of previously funded projects can be found at http://pollinator.org/honeybee_health.htm. Review and selection of proposals will be conducted by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force.

Who can apply?

Students and post-doctoral research fellows are encouraged to apply.

Proposal types?

Funds must be used within a one-year period. Focused, targeted projects with a high likelihood of providing tangible results that can be applied to improving bee health are preferred. Proposals providing valuable extensions of previously funded projects will be considered. Principal investigators of funded projects will be expected to present the results at the 2018 NAPPC meeting. Conference travel and registration costs may be taken from the grant award.

Priority Areas

The Honey Bee Health Task Force has identified seven priority areas for funding, though other areas will be considered as well.

  1. Effects of pathogens and pests on honey bee behavior, physiology and/or colony health; including the development of novel methods to mitigate these effects.
  2. Effects of nutrition on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  3. Effects of pesticides on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  4. Effects of parasite and pathogen spillover between bee species.
  5. Development of approaches for genetic stock improvement of honey bee populations to enhance resistance to pathogens and parasites.
  6. Effects of climate or environmental variables on pest, pathogen, and disease incidence.
  7. The development of diagnostics or indicators for the presence of pests, pathogens and diseases that affect honey bee health, particularly field-ready diagnostics that can be used by beekeepers.

 Proposal Requirements

1) Proposal title.

2) Priority area focus/focuses.

3) 3 page-project description (Arial, 12-pt font, single spaced, with page numbers, references are not included in this page limit) with sufficient background and description of methods to ascertain the importance and feasibility of the studies.

4) Detailed budget. As a non-profit organization the Pollinator Partnership/NAPPC does not pay overhead on funded research grants.

5) Research timeline by month (approximately May 2018 to May 2019).

6) 2-page resume of the principal investigator(s).

7) Contact information including email(s), physical mailing address, and telephone number(s).

8) Please include if the proposal is under consideration by other funding organizations.

9) If the PI has previously received funding from NAPPC, please include information about the outcomes of that funding, including publications, presentations, and/or leveraging to obtain additional funding (up to 1 additional page).

How to apply and when?

Email your proposal packets as a single PDF file to Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org) by 3PM PST on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Please contact Kelly Rourke (kr@pollinator.org) with questions.

Funding Decisions

The proposals will be evaluated by members of the Honey Bee Health Task Force and funding decisions will be made by Monday, March 12, 2018.

Grant amount?

We anticipate supporting several proposals, for a maximum of $10,000 for each individual proposal.

For more information visit this link: http://pollinator.org/assets/globals/NAPPC-Honey-Bee-Health-RFP-2018-FINAL.pdf