Tailored Opportunities: Call for PhD Visiting Fellowship 2020 in Aalborg University, Denmark.

what?

AfricaLics – the African Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence Building Systems is looking for suitable PhD student candidates from universities in African countries to participate in the AfricaLics PhD Visiting Fellowship Programme focused on Innovation and Development. The programme allows successful candidates a study period of five month based at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, Aalborg University, Denmark.

The aim of the visiting fellowship programme and the scholarships is to help African PhD students working in the field of Innovation and Development to strengthen their academic/research qualifications; improve quality of their dissertations and prepare for a career in innovation and development either within academia or outside (e.g. in the private sector or in government/policy making). A maximum of five visiting scholarships are available for 2019.

Who?

Applicants must be enrolled as PhD students at African universities and must have completed their first year of PhD studies by July 2020. The visiting scholarship is complementary to the studies of the PhD students and applicants must already have secured basic funding for their PhD studies from other sources (e.g. African governments, other organisations, self-financing).

When?

The deadline of this application is 12 December 2019. Successful candidates will be notified by 1st February 2020, following which they will be required to confirm their interest (sign study agreement form) and apply for residence and work permit in Denmark

How?

Please use the application form when you submit your application. You can download the form through this link Applications with all relevant attachments should be forwarded to visitingphd@africalics.org by 12th December 2019 (COB). Applications not fulfilling the requirements above will not be considered, so please forward any questions you may have to visitingphd@africalics.org and you will be assisted

Benefits?

The visiting scholars will receive a stipend of 16,000 DKK per month (equivalent to app. 2140 USD as per September 2020). This includes funds for accommodation. Tax exemption has to be applied for after the candidates arrive and cannot be guaranteed, so it is advisable to bring extra funds for the first two months of the visiting fellowship

Tailored Opportunities: 2020 PhD Scholarship Opportunities for Africans in South Africa

What?

The Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is a regional and global leader for applied research and policy development on critical health and development challenges for the African continent. HEARD’s mission is to influence and support evidence-based policy and good practice to more effectively address Africa’s health and development issues and to contribute to achieving health and sustainable development across the continent. The aim of our PhD program is to produce expertly qualified graduates to advise or to be part of influential policy-making or program implementing entities in Africa, and to pursue additional research priorities

Who?

Applicants Must: • Hold a Master’s Degree (first or upper second-class pass or its equivalent). • Have demonstrable research experience. • Undertake to register for a PhD dissertation (full time) at the University of KwaZulu–Natal • Make a commitment to remain on the African continent for at least TWO years after graduation.

When?

Application closing date: 30 January 2020.

How?

APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE: • A letter of motivation. • CV. • An eight to ten page concept note • Certified copies of both your academic qualifications and of your full academic records. • A certified copy of your ID/passport. • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be academic. The second can be from an individual of professional standing. Applications must be submitted to Ms Cailin Hedderwick, PhD Programme Manager (hedderwick@ukzn.ac.za).

Benefits?

The value of the scholarship is R540,000, which is about 30,000 USD over the three years of scholarship

Thank you Hilina Yohannes, for the efforts you are making to share opportunities for the benefit of others.

Tailored Opportunities: MSc scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Students

What?

TU Delft | Global Initiative offers four Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships every year. These scholarships give talented, motivated and broadly interested students from Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to study at the Delft University of Technology. The Global Initiative aims to support capacity building in the Global South and to advance future leadership focusing on sustainable global development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a guiding principle for the TU Delft. The number of scholarships are four. MSc thesis topics relates to Sustainable Development Goals and TU Delft Global Initiative.

Who?

Applicants should have 80% Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) from accredited University in Sub-Saharan Africa. When? The deadline for this application is 15 December 2019 (23:59 CET). Only students who are granted a scholarship will be informed by TU Delft via email be the end of March 2020

How?

Upload the scholarship Application form and two reference letters

Benefits?

The scholarship covers €25.000 and this covers, full tuition fees for a TU Delft based on registered nationality and contribution for the living expenses. For more information, please visit this link. https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/practical-matters/scholarships/sub-saharan-africa-excellence-scholarships/

Tailored opportunities: CAS-TWAS PhD Scholarship 2020 CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship

What?

The CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 2020 provides financial support to aspiring individuals from the fields of science and technology, who are aiming for doctorate degrees in China. The Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to successful applicants for their doctorate degrees in China for up to four full academic years.

Who?

In order to be eligible for the CAS-TWAS President’s scholarship 2020, aspiring individuals should meet these conditions:

  1. As of 31st of December, 2020, the applicant may not be older than 35.
  2. Applicants must not have a Chinese nationality at the submission of the CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 Program application.
  3. All applicants must ensure that they meet the terms and requirements of admission of USTC or UCAS, wherever they wish to study.
  4. All applicants should hold a Master’s academic degree prior to the 1st of September, 2020.
  5. All applicants should provide proof of knowledge of either Chinese or English.
  6. All applicants will be required to provide evidence that each person will return to his or her home country upon completion of their programs in China.
  7. During the CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 Program, recipients of the fellowship may not take any additional assignments.
  8. If an individual is already pursuing a doctorate program in China, then he or she will not be able to apply to this fellowship.
  9. Applicants may not send applications to both USTC and UCAS at the same time for the fellowship.
  10. Each applicant must apply only to one supervisor at a specific school, either USTC or UCAS.

When?

The application process for the CAS-TWAS fellowship officially opened on the November 8th, 2019, and will remain open through to March 31st, 2020.

How?

The following documents are required by the CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 Program:

  1. Reference Letters:Each applicant has to provide two letters of reference that have been written by referees who personally know the applicant and his or her work. The host supervisor may not be one of the two referees. It is preferred that the referees are also TWAS members, although this isn’t a requirement. The letters of recommendation need to be scanned as well as uploaded along with the online application. In addition, a hard copy of the letters has to be sent to USTC or UCAS prior to the deadline. These letters should not be pasted within an email. Applicants will not be given any indication regarding the identity of TWAS members by TWAS. Applicants can only contact them for letters of recommendation if they know them personally. The referees will also be required to scan the letters of recommendation and upload them, as well as mail hard copies to the USTC or UCAS sub-offices.
  2. Referees’ and Supervisor’s Acceptance Letter:
    All applicants need to remind their supervisors to fill out the comment section of the supervisor and add their signature on the CAS-TWAS application form at their end. This document has to be sent to USTC or UCAS before the deadline. Individuals who are applying to UCAS also have to send hard copies of this form to the respect UCAS affiliated institution or college where the student will be going.
  3. Acceptance Letter Form Scan:
    Individuals who are applying to USTC have to ask their supervisors to send a scan of the form via email to presidentfellow@ustc.edu.cn. A hard copy can also be sent to the institute’s Office of International Cooperation. Applicants are also responsible for sending reminders to their referees that they have to scan the reference letters and upload them as well. These documents also have to be posted to the USTC or UCAS sub-offices as well. All applicants also have to ensure that they submit all required documents that provide evidence of the details filled out by the applicant in the application form. It is important for these documents to be in Chinese or in English. If the documents are in some other language, then they have to be translated and notarized. When electronic versions of the documents are being uploaded, applicants should make sure that they adhere to the formatting specifications of the system.
  4. Sending Hard Copy of Scanned Documents:If an applicant is successful and awarded with the CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 Program and gets an acceptance to USTC or UCAS institutes, then he or she has to submit hard copies of the original documents that were submitted online earlier. In addition, the passport of the applicant also has to be given to the CAS-TWAS Chinese Scholarship 2020 Program office once the individual reaches China. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

More details on this opportunity are available here.

Tailored opportunities: Two PhD positions in Water Security and Data Sciences at University of Delaware, United States

What?

Do you have a passion for water, and an interest in data science? The Water Security group in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware is seeking two motivated Ph.D. students to join our program in Fall 2020, studying complex water systems and addressing water security issues through the lens of coupled human and water systems.

Who?

The ideal candidates who have passion for water, and can commit to improving water security in the agricultural, urban or coastal environment, and have a Master’s degree in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, geography, hydrology, physics, statistics, water resources or a related field. It is preferable that the candidates have some knowledge of computer programming (e.g., R, Python, Java, Fortran, C), machine learning, cloud computing, system optimization or computational modeling. Experienced in probabilistic graphical models and/or agent-based modeling is a plus.

Candidates are expected to 1) have good oral communication and writing skills; 2) work independently and also in an interdisciplinary team; 3) develop their own research ideas; and 4) have the willingness and ability to learn, use and develop data analysis tools and/or cyber-infrastructure to address water security issues in the changing environment. Please check out our lab website for more information

When?

Deadline for application is 1 December 2019. The deadline for priority consideration for admission and funding is January 5, 2020.

How?

I nterested applicants should send a brief letter of their interests and a copy of their CV and transcripts via email to Dr. Yao Hu (tomhuyao@gmail.com) . Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Tailored opportunities: Young Scientific Programme Committee (YSPC) (Stockholm World Water Week)

What?

The Young Scientific Programme Committee (YSPC) (age 35 and under) is a group of individuals selected each year to support the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC). They collaborate with experienced scientists and water professionals, develop the seminars’ programme of one of the world’s most renowned water conferences, and gain visibility within the water community. They also add another, important perspective to the SPC’s work: the young professionals’ perspective.

The YSPC will be supporting the SPC in developing the seminars. This includes:

  • Assisting (as daily ‘anchor’) SPC/SIWI with the overall coordination and communication around the seminars (January to September)
  • Screening and categorising the abstracts submitted to the seminar (January to March)
  • Providing input on seminar programme (theme, structure, format, selecting presenters) (April to August)
  • Uploading all the necessary seminar information in the online programme (March to September)
  • Act as the contact point for presenters on content related issues (April to August)
  • Collecting biographies and photos from presenters (April to August)
  • Coordinating presentation content with presenters (April to August)
  • Assist the SPC members with reporting (August to September)

Who?

All young professionals under 35 are welcome to apply to one of the nine seminars but the YSPC applicants must agree to provide minimum inputs in the order of 18 days (including World Water Week) from January to September.  More information on the conditions of application available here.

When?

Application Open 1 Nov – 1 Dec 2019

How?

To apply send your resume, motivation letter (indicating seminar of interest), and a letter of recommendation to ingrid.stangberg@siwi.org

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Spatial Modeling Value Chains Dynamics in Food Systems in the Global South at the University of Twente

What?

The Department of Natural Resources (NRS) uses earth observation data and spatial information in combination with systems modelling, geo-information science (GIS) and remote sensing for the assessment, monitoring, planning and management of natural resources, for their sustainable use, development and restoration under global change.

Diets and global change shape food systems worldwide. There is numerous data on the current status of food systems, farmers’ income or the state of the environment. Whether food systems will stay or become resilient in future, is unclear. This position will analyze food production, processing, and consumption and consider societal and environmental changes. It will include agent-based/system dynamics modelling of value chains at the sub-national or national level in the Global South. The applicant will also translate scenario narratives of stakeholders into model inputs. The research is embedded in the DeSIRE program of the four Dutch technical universities.

Who?

We seek a MSc-level graduate in agricultural science, agricultural economics, system science, geography, environmental science, or comparable. You:

  • Will have a good understanding of value chains/supply chains in the context of food systems and
  • Will be able to address the conceptual and technical challenges of spatial modelling of value-chain dynamics and land systems (agent-based modelling. system dynamics/operations research).
  • Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Have an excellent command of English.

When?

Before 1 December 2019

How?

For more information about this position you can contact Prof. Dr. Andy Nelson (e-mail: a.nelson@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application here. Your application must include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position;
  • a full Curriculum Vitae, including references;

Interviews are scheduled in the week of 16 December 2019.

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Tailored opportunities: PhD position in Development of innovative data-processing tools for health and welfare monitoring in dairy cows

What?

Supported by improved genetics and management practices, the cows’ milk production almost doubled over the last 50 years. Just like top athletes, these animals need a lot of care and attention to maintain a good health and welfare and achieve maximum production levels with minimal environmental impact. On the other hand, the high volatility of the milk price forces the dairy sector to focus on profitability and risk management by upscaling their business. Therefore, to better manage their expanding herds, dairy farmers require reliable technology to monitor the health, production, behavior, welfare and environmental impact of individual animals.
Sensor technology is already well-integrated in dairy farming with applications in measuring milk production, milk quality, feed intake, animal behavior and condition, etc. Nevertheless, most of these systems produce an overload of data, rather than clear, useful and accurate information ready to use by the farmer to optimize its animal management. The essence of precision livestock farming is about correctly interpreting the collected data and extracting reliable information using advanced data-processing techniques. Ideally, these intelligent algorithms provide explicit information on the cow’s health and welfare status by combining different sources of sensor data and relying on physiology-based knowledge.In this project, data-based tools to monitor the udder health and energy balance of dairy cows will be developed, validated and implemented. To this end, both data obtained from sensors already widely available on modern dairy farms as well as innovative technologies will be involved. At the end of this 4-year PhD project, the practical implementation of the obtained models and knowledge will help dairy farmers to increase animal health and welfare, make more efficient use of labor and medicines, improve profitability and create a wider social support for sustainable dairy farming.

Who?

o perform this practice-oriented research, the Livestock Technology group of KU Leuven is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate.
If you:

  • hold a MSc degree (with minimal distinction and obtained in the last 3 years at a university in the EEA) in biosciences, bioscience-engineering, bioinformatics, biostatistics, veterinary medicine or equivalent
  • have a creative, critical, analytical and innovative mindset
  • have excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • are eager to work in a multidisciplinary team of national and international researchers and learn and explore innovative technologies
  • have strong interest in dairy farming, technology and scientific research
  • are interested in building a career in data science

When?

Deadline for application is 23/12/2019 23:59 – Europe/Brussels

How?

Make online application here.

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Tailored Opportunities: Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for those who live in United States and Canada

What?

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 395 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013. CADFP exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. USIU-Africa provides strategic direction through the Advisory Council.

Who? 

An applicant should be born in any African country as evidenced by passport bio page and live in the United States or Canada.  An applicant should hold a terminal degree and be employed at an accredited college or University.  Applicants can hold any academic rank; however, postdocs are not eligible

When?

The deadline of the application is 9th of December 2019. Applications from African institutions and Diaspora scholars are now being accepted in the Fall 2019 competition until December 9, 2019. The Spring 2020 competition will run April 1-June 30, 2020.

How?

Applicants should submit personal statements and information about their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience. A letter of recommendation from a Dean (or from an administrator of equal or higher level) from the scholar’s current institution is required.

Benefit?

African Diaspora fellows receive $150/day stipend  Visa costs (if required), supplemental health insurance coverage  round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from the scholar’s home to the North American airport  Potential opportunities to apply for supplemental funding to cover knowledge production activities and workshop attendance.

For more information, please visit Review Process and Criteria and How to Apply for African Institutions for more information on how the program operates.https://www.iie.org/programs/carnegie-african-diaspora-fellowship-program

Please email africandiaspora@iie.org with questions.

This interesting Opportunity was shared by our sister Dr. Mahlet Mesfin. “Dr. Mahlet Mesfin, Ph.D, is the Deputy Director of the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy and former Assistant Director for International Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is an alumna of the AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship Program and co-founder of the Science Diplomacy Fellows Affinity Group.”

Tailored opportunities: Research fellowships on assessment of gender responsive resilience to climate change of biophysical and socio-economic systems

What?

Fellowships will be awarded to undertake in-depth studies using appropriate methodology to assess, in selected countries, measures on how to increase the resilience of biophysical and social-economic systems, taking into account relevant gender and marginalized groups interests. The research tasks will be developed within the following context:

1. Gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures and/or strategies to adverse effects of climate change and variability on forests, trees outside forests and people who depend on them. The following are some key research questions to consider in this regard: a. What kind of livelihoods, disaggregated by gender and marginalized groups, are obtained from different biophysical and socio-economic systems in the selected study sites? b. How vulnerable are the sources (forests and trees outside forests) that supply the identified livelihood support identified in (a) to climate change and climate variability? c. What are gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures and/or strategies employed and/or could be employed to address the adverse effects of climate change on the forest and tree resources that women, youth and marginalized groups depend on in the selected study sites? d. What conditions enable or constrain the enhancement of adaptive capacity of women, men, youth and other marginalized groups who depend on forests and trees outside forests in the selected study sites?

2. Developing and/or strengthening existing capacity for implementing gendersensitive resilience measures in selected biophysical and socio-economic systems. Key research questions could include the following: a. What are the capacity needs in the study sites, disaggregated by gender, for co-designing, planning and implementation of measures and/or strategies to increase adaptation and resilience of women, youth and marginalized groups, to adverse effects of climate change on the forest and tree resources they depend on? b. What is the level of engagement and institutional arrangement of different partners in the selected country, and more specifically in the study sites, in implementing relevant adaptation and resilience measures? c. What are the benefits (to who?) and challenges associated with the engagement of identified partners in the implementation of the measures and/or strategies? d. What are the promising forest-based resilience and adaptation measures for each gender groups in selected biophysical and socio-economic systems?

3. What are the promising institutional frameworks to support effective implementation of gender-sensitive resilience and adaptation measures to adverse effects of climate change and variability that are also relevant to other marginalized groups.

Research fellowships will be provided to a total of 6 postgraduate students (4 PhD and 2 MSc), at least one for each forest type and from 6 countries who are based in African institutions as well as those working in relevant forestry-based research institutions to support their doctoral or master’s studies at an African university.

Who?

a) Applicant must be a citizen of an African nation. b) Proposed fellowship project and activities must be clearly related to, and likely to advance people and forest adaptation to climate change in Africa within the thematic focus area selected. c) All application materials must be complete and received by the AFF Secretariat on or before the application deadline. d) All applicants must be supervised by a faculty member with expertise in the thematic focus of the fellowship.

Specific eligibility criteria

Prospective research fellows must: a) Have a master’s degree for PhD studies or bachelor’s degree for MSc studies, plus 2 or more years of professional experience related to forest management, climate change or environmental policy and planning. b) Be enrolled in a university as a graduate student and must have completed course work in a relevant field at the time of application.

The application package: a) An institutional support form or letter that confirms the applicant’s university/college formal endorsement of his or her ability to participate in the research fellowship with the name of a potential main research supervisor indicating his/her willingness to supervise and guide the student research from inception to completion. b) A research proposal description with clearly defined research questions/objectives, methodology on the research area and targeted tasks that can be completed within the fellowship period and explaining how the supported research activities will contribute in achieving the overall study’s outputs as well as how the results will support the resilience and adaptation capacity of different gender groups. results. Evidence must be provided that the proposal has been accepted for that level of study by the university/college. c) A budget estimate showing the approximate cost related to each research activity.

When?

Applications must be received by the Secretariat before or by 06 December 2019

How?

Applications must be submitted as follows: a) Complete the AFF Fellowship application form “Assessment of gender responsive resilience to climate Change of biophysical and socio-economic systems with particular emphasis on gender responsiveness and marginalized groups depending on critical ecosystems for their livelihood”. b) Attach all the supporting documents and submit by email to: d.mutta@cgiar.org, h.bouda@cgiar.org and v.oeba@cgiar.org with a copy to exec.sec@afforum.org

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