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

What?

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.

Who?

  • 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

Benefit?

  • 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.

Requirements?

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.

When?

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 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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Tailored opportunities: Young Scientist Summer Program in Austria (for PhD students)

What?

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change.

Since 1977, IIASA’s annual 3-month Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) offers research opportunities to talented young researchers whose interests correspond with IIASA’s ongoing research on issues of global environmental, economic and social change.Funding is provided through IIASA’s National Member Organizations.

Location:

Austria

 Benefits

  • Full fund for undertaking research and write up at IIASA for 3-4 months
  • Advance the research under the direct supervision of an experienced IIASA scientist.
  • Broaden the research interests by working in the IIASA interdisciplinary and international research environment.
  • Build contacts with IIASA’s worldwide network and collaborate with the institute during future career.
  • Produce a paper which will be the first step towards a publishable journal article.

Who?

  • PhD students (ideally about 2 years prior to receiving a PhD).
  • Working on a field compatible with ongoing research at IIASA.
  • With a wish to explore the policy implications of your work.
  • Applicants from all countries are welcome, although IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of NMO countries.
  • Participation in the YSSP is only possible for one summer.

When?

January 11, 2018 (9 Days Remaining)

How?

  • Identify the fields and Programs where IIASA is working to see if you are compatible
  • Prepare a proposal and other documents according to the guidelines
  • Make an online application at this portal

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Tailored opportunities: Call for research proposals on water insecurities and inequality in Ethiopia, Kenya and Bangladesh

What?

The REACH Programme is a 7-year, £15m programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This project, led by the University of Oxford, involves a research consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice. It aims to improve water security for 5 million poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to an ambitious research programme and global science-practitioner partnership working to deliver significant benefits for people living in poverty.

REACH is launching a call for applications for studies Exploring Inequalities in three Observatories: Dhaka (Bangladesh), Wukro (Ethiopia), and Kitui (Kenya). A total of £150,000 of funding (£50,000 for each observatory) will be available until April 2019 to co-build knowledge on how water (in)security produces or reflects socio-economic inequalities and marginalisation, particularly of gender and disabled people.

In Dhaka, the aim of the study will be to analyse how industrialisation and water security are interlinked, specifically, how different related structural challenges affect individual agencies, especially those of vulnerable people living in riparian areas of Dhaka.

In Wukro the study will explore how reliance upon domestic water sources for income generating activities shape social structures and affect agencies, particularly of vulnerable people.

In Kitui the commissioned research aims to explore the tension between structure and agency, particularly of vulnerable people in relation to governance and management of different water supply models.

This research will inform the sector and policy makers on the consequences of industrialisation, appropriateness of water management and social consequences of different models of water supply.

Who?

The call is opened for researchers or research teams that fulfill the aim of the programme including civil society organisations, research institutions, regional organisations, think tanks, governmental organisations and the private sector.

How?

You should submit your application to only one of the three Observatories.

Please read carefully our Guidance Notes for DhakaWukro or Kitui, which provide more information on the studies and on the application process. You will then need to fill in the Budget and the Host Institution Declaration Form.

The application should be submitted to reachfunding@ouce.ox.ac.uk.

When?

The application should be submitted to reachfunding@ouce.ox.ac.uk  Applicants are encouraged to apply early, and to communicate their intention to apply by 15 January with the title of their project and the possible date of sending the final application.

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