Tailored opportunity: Call for young professionals for IUCN CEC Steering Committee

What?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Education and Communication’s (CEC) Steering Committee is  seeking motivated young professionals from among its members and beyond to apply to become the next youth engagement and intergenerational partnership representative on its Steering Committee.

The Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership Representative would support IUCN CEC by:
– Representing the views of young people and integrating an approach of intergenerational partnership into IUCN CEC work
– Inviting new and activating current young members of the IUCN CEC through the Commission’s plan of work
– Collaborating with and aligning IUCN CEC strategies with the IUCN Task Force for Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability
– Collaborating with and coordinating activities through youth leadership in the other five IUCN Commissions
– Regularly sharing/writing news for the Union portal/cectalksnature/facebook/twitter, etc.

CEC will support the Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership Representative by:
– Supporting his/her participation in Steering Committee meetings, as well as potential support for participation in other strategic events/meetings
– Providing him/her visibility on IUCN CEC platforms and recognition as Steering Committee Member
– Mentoring him/her to become a better communicator and leader in the conservation community
– Providing him/her information to better communicate with IUCN members and connect to the entire CEC family
– At the end of his/her service, in 2020, providing him/her with an official IUCN CEC certificate of appreciation and a letter of recommendation.

Who?

This call is open for young professionals who are:
– 35 years old or younger,
– Fluent in English, and an additional language (French and/or Spanish) will be preferable
– Strategic thinkers and passionate about communication and education for biodiversity conservation
– Motivated to take active part in the IUCN CEC’s Steering Committee and contribute to strategic decision-making, planning and engagement of members
– Able to activate the young professionals from the international network of IUCN CEC and other youth environment networks
– Enthused to collect, synthesize, and represent his/her peers’ opinions and interests within the Steering Committee and the wider IUCN community
– Available to commit his/her time and skills to the IUCN CEC vision
– Available to travel internationally (2 times per year) to attend IUCN CEC Steering Committee meetings and
– Available to attend IUCN CEC Steering Committee (monthly-bimonthly) skype meetings.

When?

Deadline for application is 31st January 2018

How?

Applications should be made on the online application form Any inquiry or technical problem may arise with the link of the application form you should contact us at cec@iucn.org.

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Tailored opportunities: Call for proposal: Post-Colonialisms Today: A project to recapture post-Independence African agency and progressive policies for our times

What?

Post-Colonialisms Today is a policy research and advocacy project on development policies and initiatives adopted, promoted, or formulated by governments and policy institutions across Africa in the immediate post-independence period. With a particular focus on the period from the 1950s/1960s to the onset of the crises of the mid- to late 1970s, the project aims to recover the key policies that sought to address what were then perceived as the limits of socio-economic progress imposed by Africa’s colonial experience and to fulfil the material, cultural, and spiritual needs and aspirations that drove the movement for independence from colonial rule. Applying feminist and heterodox approaches to economics, these policies will then be examined in the light of on-going developmental challenges in Africa, with a view to identify ideas that can usefully be adapted.

The thematic scope of the project is social and economic policies pursued by post-colonial African governments in the period under discussion, the institutions constructed in support of the realisation of these policies, as well as the cultural initiatives and forms developed as part of the processes of giving expression to African agency and needs in national economic development. Specific themes include:

  • The challenge(s) of structural economic transformation in the post-colonial context (nationally, regionally and globally), and the articulations by various leaders.
  • Different and contested strategies for development adopted in relation to the socio-economic and political structures inherited from colonialism.
  • Policies of socio-economic transformation formulated, adopted and/or promoted – including:
    • industrial, agricultural, natural resource, trade, financial, monetary, policies, etc.
    • social development – education, health, water, etc.
    • cultural – language, integration, nationhood, etc.
  • Institutions – planning, cadre formation and skills development for managing socio-economic policy, science and technology research in development, etc.
  • Intellectual articulation of development ideas and debates.

Proposals may deal with topics under a single theme or across themes, and may be devoted to individual countries, groups of countries, or regions in Africa. In addition to considerations of merit and relevance, proposals must also show a feminist as well as
heterodox approach to analysis of social and economic development.

Selected proposals will be announced in February 2018. Up to USD 5000 will be offered to support the fulfillment of each accepted proposal. An initial researchers meeting will be held in March 2018 to discuss the methodology and framing of the research papers. Draft research findings will be reviewed in August 2018 and finalized shortly thereafter. Research papers will be published in a compendium, along with distilled policy briefs and short opinion articles disseminated for broader audiences

Who?

Proposals will be accepted from African scholars and activist intellectuals in English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese.

When?

Deadline for submission of proposals is 26 January 2018

How?

Proposal abstracts of approximately 500 words must be sent no later than 26 January 2018 to: postcolonialismstoday@regionsrefocus.org . Please include your full name,  ffiliation, and contact information with your proposal abstract.

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Tailored opportunities: British Academy Visiting Fellowship for Humanities and Social Sciences

What?

The British Academy is providing academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage and in any discipline within the humanities and the social sciences) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months. Visiting Fellows will work with colleagues at UK host institutions in order to develop new research collaborations and/or deepen existing partnerships.

The Visiting Fellowships are supported by the Rutherford Fund which aims to help maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in science and research by attracting highly skilled researchers to the UK. Launched in July 2017, the Fund includes more than £100 million over the next four years to support the provision of fellowships for international research talent.

Who?

Suitable candidates for the Visiting Fellowships include researchers active within any discipline within the humanities or the social sciences. They may be talented early career scholars who have only recently obtained their PhD degree; mid-career researchers; or established academics with a considerable track-record of achievement.

Candidates need not necessarily apply to develop collaboration with UK scholars active within the same discipline. These Fellowships are open also to applicants who wish to work with UK colleagues in other areas or disciplines (including scholars within the natural, medical, or engineering sciences), in a cross- or inter-disciplinary way.

Value and Duration

Awards of up to £33,000 are available. Funding can be used to support: the subsistence and accommodation costs of the Visiting Fellow; research expenses; travel expenses; and a contribution of 50% of the total award to enable the UK institution to host the Visiting Fellow.

Each Visiting Fellowship may last a maximum of six months.

When?

Deadline for application is 31 January 2018

How?

Applications should be made online at this application portal.

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Tailored Opportunity: Postdoctoral research fellow at the African Climate and Development Initiative

What?

The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is developing its priority research themes in its second five-year Phase. ACDI is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) who would grow research expertise and generate valuable outputs in a critically important area where there is a scarcity of African scholars.

The successful candidate will assist in research on the theme: Enhancing knowledge systems for climate resilience working to identify strengths and gaps in existing climate knowledge systems, diagnose their underlying reasons, and develop and test innovations to fill the gaps. This overarching theme is supported by expanding areas of research relating to Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods, Climate Services, Climate Change and Health, African Climate Risk, Water and Food Security in a Changing Climate, and Resilient Cities.

Value and Tenure of Award

  • The value of the Fellowship is R 205 000 per annum and is tenable for two years.
  • The Fellowship does not include any travel allowances, accommodation or other benefits.
  • Application for tax exemption will be made by the University.

 

Who?

pplicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Postdoctoral research fellowships are only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years;
  2. Applicant may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts;
  3. No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship;
  4. The successful candidate will be required to comply with the policies and practices for the Postdoctoral Research Sector at the University of Cape Town; and
  5. The successful candidate will be required to register at the University of Cape town as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and will be expected to commence the required research at a mutually agreed date that is no later than 1 March  2018.
  6. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate ability for independent study, research design and implementation, and writing skills in English.

When?

Deadline for application is 19 January 2018

How?

Read more detailed requirements on this link. Requests for further information about the fellowship and complete applications including transcripts, letters, etc, should be sent to: Mr Paballo Chauke: Paballo.chauke@uct.ac.za

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Tailored opportunity: Call for applications: Africa Regional Workshop on Science Diplomacy

What?

he Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa, from 21 to 25 May 2018.

Who?

his training workshop is designed for young scientists (below the age of 40) living and working in sub-Saharan Africa and whose research and wider engagement has brought them into the international policy-making arena, as well as policymakers and diplomats interested in some of the central science-based themes that might influence their work, and representatives from NGOs and other sectors working at the science-diplomacy interface. Applications are invited from young scientists (up to the age of 40), as well as scientists and/or government officials, etc., with more experience in the policy making arena (‘science diplomacy ambassadors’).

When?

Deadline for application is 9 February 2018

How?

Completed application should be submitted via the online system which is accessible on http://bit.ly/sciencedipcourse

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Tailored opportunities: Call for papers: The 7th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture

What?

The Organizing Committee is glad to announce call for papers and posters for the 7
th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA) to be held in October, 15-19, 2018 at Accra International Conference Center, Accra. This conference is being organized jointly by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana Society for Animal Production and Ghana Animal Science Association in conjunction with the All Africa Society for Animal Production (AASAP). The requests for consideration shall be submitted electronically by email to the Executive Secretariat. Authors may submit articles based on research, case reports, retrospective studies or participation interests in exhibitions or practical demonstrations within the realms of the conference theme – Innovations to secure the future of animal agriculture in Africa in a globalizing world. Authors are requested to indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation and give their preferred sub-theme.  Selected outstanding papers presented at the conference will be published in a Topical Collections edition of the journal, Tropical Animal Health and
Production

Who?

Any one who has a research work or any relevant information that is relevant to the themes of the conference. For detailed list of themes and their descriptions visit this link.

When?

Important dates

  • Early bird registration close: 31st March 2018
  • Late registration: 31st August 2018
  • Paper submission close date: 30th April 2018

How?

Submit abstracts and papers based on the instructions given here.

 

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Tailored opportunities: Yale Young African Scholars Program for African Secondary School Students

What?

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make a meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent. YYAS is an official program of Yale University.

Location:

United States

 Benefits

  • Participants will enhance their academic skills
  • Receive university admission
  • Financial aid application guidance
  • Join a network of young leaders from across Africa
  • Following the program, students will be paired with mentors from local organizations and U.S. university students who will help advise them throughout the university application process
  • There is no cost to students to participate in YYAS

Who?

  • YYAS accepts applications from current secondary school students in Africa who will have to complete at least one full academic term or semester after August 2018.
  • YYAS does not accept applications from students in their final term of secondary school, from secondary school graduates, or from university students.
  • YYAS cannot accept applications from students who are younger than 14 years old by the application deadline.
  • Students who have attended YYAS previously are not eligible to reapply
  • Excellent academic records
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • Persistence and determination when facing challenges
  • High standards of personal and professional conduct
  • The ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • Interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa

Eligible Regions: Citizens or Permanent residents of an African country

How?

Applicants should prepare all required information and make online application on this portal.

When?

Deadline for application is February 6, 2018

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Tailored Opportunities: Postdoctoral Research Position in Finland in the field of material sciences

What?

The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland. It is located in the city of Oulu. The university has around 16,000 students and 3,000 staff. The university is ranked in the top-400 universities worldwide.

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the research field of Green carbon nanofibers for electronics in collaboration with Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. The aim of the position is to support international students who hold a PhD degree in materials science, polymer engineering, polymer chemistry, or other equivalent degrees.

Who?

  • Applicants must have a PhD degree in materials science, polymer engineering, polymer chemistry, or other equivalent degrees.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide proof of efficiency.

 

How?

Prepare the following documentation and make application on line at this portal.

  • A detailed CV including education and relevant academic/work experiences.
  • The official record of transcripts and copy of degree certificates.
  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) with a short description of interest in the scientific studies and the specific research fields.

When?

Application deadline is 31 January 2018

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Tailored Opportunities: Call for papers: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

What?

The second Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa will take place on May 14-15, 2018 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

It is organized  by the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP).

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilising African and non-African scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the African continent.

Papers produced, reviewed and accepted for the Symposium will be published in the “Handbook of Climate Change Resilience”, a volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer.

Who?

Researchers, academicians, students, practitioners who have undertaken research or have findings or experiences to share.

How?

An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided. The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below a sample abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further details on how to submit their full papers, and further logistical information. Please send your abstract to: info@iccip.ne

When?

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 20, 2018
Deadline for submission of papers: March 10, 2018
Deadline for registrations: March 30, 2018

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Tailored opportunities: 2018 TWAS-President’s PhD Scholarship at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

What?

According to an agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries, up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world will be sponsored to study in China for doctoral degrees for up to 4 years.

This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese citizens an opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) or Institutes of CAS around China.

Under the terms of the CAS-TWAS agreement, travel from their home countries to China will be provided to the fellowship awardees in order to begin the fellowship in China (one trip only per student/scholar). TWAS will select 80 awardees from developing countries to support their international travel, while CAS will support the other 120. Visa fee will also be covered (once only per awardee) as a lump sum of USD 65 after all the awardees are on site in China. Any awardee on site in China, the host country, at the time of application will NOT be eligible for any travel or visa reimbursement.

Thanks to generous contribution of CAS, fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend (to cover accommodation and other living expenses, local travel expenses and health insurance) of RMB 7,000 or RMB 8,000 from CAS through UCAS/USTC, depending on whether he/she has passed the qualification test arranged by UCAS/USTC for all doctoral candidates after admission. All awardees will also be provided tuition and application fee waivers.

Who?

pplicants must:

  • Be maximum age of 35 years on 31 December 2018;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • Not hold Chinese citizenship;
  • Applicants for doctoral study should also:
  • Meet the admission criteria for international students of UCAS/USTC (criteria of UCAS/criteria of USTC).
  • Hold a master degree before the beginning of the fall semester: 1 September, 2018.
  • Provide evidence that he/she will return to their home country on completion of their studies in China according to CAS-TWAS agreement.
  • Provide proof of knowledge of English or Chinese language.

Please note:

  • Applicants currently pursuing doctoral degrees at any university/institution in China are NOT eligible for this fellowship.
  • Applicants CANNOT apply for both UCAS and USTC simultaneously.
  • Applicants can ONLY apply to ONE supervisor from ONE institute/school at either UCAS or USTC.
  • Applicants can only apply to one TWAS programme per year, therefore an applicant applying to the 2018 CAS-TWAS President’s fellowship call will not be eligible to apply for any other TWAS fellowship in 2018.

How?

Follow all procedures and prepare all required documents, then make an online application on the following application portal. 

  • For admission application to UCAS, you MUST also submit your information and required documents via UCAS online system following its instructions.
  • For admission application to USTC, you MUST also submit your information and required documents via USTC online system following its instruction.

When?

31 March 2018

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