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SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP and PROJECT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES



FUNDING, CALLS, GRANTS and FELLOWSHIPS

World Food System Grants
Summary: The World Food System Center administers a competitive grants platform in coordination with the Research Commission of the ETH Zurich. Submission of proposals are invited for the Coop Research Program, "Sustainability in Food Value Chains." The ETH Zurich – Coop Research Program has been established to support research that addresses challenges and opportunities for sustainability in food value chains. The program aims to provide the knowledge necessary to drive food value chains, in the short and long term, towards goals of quality and quantity that support human and environmental health and create value for all stakeholders. The five year program is structured around annual calls that will fund Post-Doctoral projects (one to two year duration).
Deadline: 1 November 2014, 17.00h.
Website: World Food System Grants

Fund for Environmental Journalism
Organisers: National Preservation Institute
Application deadline: 15 November, 2014
Who may apply: Any qualified journalist working independently or on the staff of either a for-profit or non-profit news organization worldwide is eligible to apply.
Website: Fund for Environmental Journalism

PhD Fellows in Climate Change Adaptation Policy
Summary: Project: Multi-level analysis of the science-policy-practice interface in climate change adaptation in East and West Africa
Location: 2 positions (one in Ethiopia and the other one in Senegal)
Conditions: Preference will be given to South African citizens. Bursars should not hold concurrent bursaries.
Duration: Three years
The ideal candidates should:

  • Be enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in a recognized university in a discipline such as anthropology, human geography, natural resources management, international development studies, political science, science and technology studies;
  • Be prepared to begin field research no later than 1 October 2015;
  • Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying out field research in rural Ethiopia/Senegal;
  • Have extensive knowledge of the climate change adaptation literature; and
  • Have excellent English speaking and writing skills and strong motivation to produce peer-reviewed publication.
For Senegal only, have at least functional fluency in French
Application deadline: 15 November, 2014
Website: PhD Fellows in Climate Change Adaptation Policy

MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2014/15
Summary: The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards. The MRC/ DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner..
Type: Grants
Application deadline: 27 November 2014
Website: MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2014/15

ILRI Graduate Field Research Fellowship: Call for Applications for PhD Fellow in Rangeland Governance
Project: Community-Based Rangeland Management in East Africa: NRM, Land Tenure and Land Use Planning Dimensions
Location: Field based: Ethiopia and/or Kenya and/or Tanzania
Duration: Ten to fifteen months
The candidates should:

  • Be enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in a recognized university in a discipline such as Natural Resources Management, Environmental Studies, International Development Studies, Rural Development or similar discipline;
  • Be fully fluent in English with excellent writing skills;
  • Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying our field research in rural East Africa; and
  • Experience in one or more of the following would be an asset: rangeland management, rural development in African settings, land use planning, community-based approaches to research and development.
Application deadline: 30 November, 2014
Website: Call for Applications for PhD Fellow in Rangeland Governance

MSc and PhD bursaries, SARCHI Chair on Biodiversity Value & Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (University of Venda)
Summary: The candidate will be registered at University of Venda, a rural-based university in northern Limpopo Province. Activities will be organised across four major themes: 1) Conservation biology & practice; 2) Ecosystem services and livelihoods; 3) Invasion biology; 4) Climate change. Successful candidates will join an active research team and complement a growing body of exciting ecological research centred in the Soutpansberg Mountains, a recognised Centre of Plant Endemism and a hotspot of plant and animal diversity.
Requirements: Students should have an appropriate degree (Honours for MSc; MSc for PHD) and a good academic record in ecology. As projects will generally involve a fair amount of field work, preference will be given to candidates who can work independently, have a Code 08 driver’s licence, and are well organised.
Conditions: Preference will be given to South African citizens. Bursars should not hold concurrent bursaries.
Value:

  • Course 1: MSc bursaries are R70,000 pa for two years;
  • Course 2: PHD bursaries are R100,000 pa for three years.
How to apply: Students should send a written application with a sample project proposal , a CV that includes your academic record, any scientific publications on which you have been an author, and proof of your ability to be organized and work independently, academic transcripts and the names of at least two academic referees.
Application deadline: 28 November 2014
Contact: Prof Peter Taylor, SARCHI Chair, University of Venda
Website:
MSc and PhD bursaries, SARCHI Chair on Biodiversity Value & Change in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (University of Venda)

PhD Winter School - RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Theme: Interdisciplinarity in PhD research – How to achieve relevant results on sound methods
Dates: 9 – 13 February, 2015
Venue: University of Basel, Switzerland
Summary: The PhD Winter School addresses challenges of PhD research in the context of the multidimensional domain of sustainable development. It provides a platform to discuss, test and practice different methods of interdisciplinarity. Participants will learn how to manage the boundaries between their PhD research and related scientific contributions in a methodologically sound way.
Application deadline: 30 November, 2014
Website: PhD Winter School - RESEARCH ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

International Deans’ Course for Africa 2015-2016
Organisers: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Section for Joint Higher Education Management Programmes (DIES) - and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück (OS UAS), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and partner universities in Africa.
Summary: The intensive training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which is jointly coordinated by DAAD and HRK and aims at supporting higher education management in developing contries. The key objective of the course is to bring together a group of about 30 newly elected or designated deans and vice-deans from universities of the African region and to assist in preparing them for the challenges of holding a dean’s position in a changing higher education landscape. Issues such as strategic faculty management, financial management, quality assurance and leadership will be key parts of this course. A soft skills workshop and an exchange with German university leaders about higher education reforms will be included as well.
Application deadline: 30 November, 2014
Website: International Deans’ Course for Africa 2015-2016

AAUW International Fellowship Program for Women
Fellowship year: 1 July, 2015 — 30 June, 2016
Summary: AAUW advances equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance. The International Fellowship program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Women holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country are not eligible). Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.
Deadline for online submission of application: 1 December, 2014, by 5:00 p.m., Central Time
Deadline for online submission of recommendations: 8 December, 2014, by 5:00 p.m., Central Time
Website: AAUW International Fellowship Program for Women

Conservation Leadership Application
Summary: Applications for October 2015 entry to the CCI MPhil Course in Conservation Leadership at Cambridge University are now open. The MPhil in Conservation Leadership is aimed at graduates of any discipline with at least three to five years of relevant professional experience, either in employment or in a voluntary capacity
Application deadline: 2 December 2014.
Website: Conservation Leadership Application

Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders 2014
Summary: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks proposals for agricultural research with the potential to increase the sustainable productivity of smallholder farmers in developing countries. With this call, we are looking for projects led by MSc. and PhD. scientists at national agricultural research institutions and universities in sub-Saharan Africa, working in collaboration with other researchers internationally (either within Africa or beyond the continent). The 2014 PEARL call is restricted to proposals relevant to staple crops grown in Africa (please note we hope to offer future competitive opportunities for livestock research, but livestock-related proposals will not be considered in the current call).
Requirements:

  • Be an African scientist residing in sub-Saharan Africa or planning to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa to implement the proposed project, e.g. returning from diaspora;
  • Identify a local host institution (a national agricultural research institute or university) (International centers based in Africa or institutes overseas are not eligible to lead proposals in this call, but may partner as sub-grant hosts.)
  • Have at minimum an MSc degree;
  • Be able to devote at least 70% of their time to lead the proposed project Be an African scientist residing in sub-Saharan Africa or planning to relocate to sub-Saharan Africa to implement the proposed project, e.g. returning from diaspora;
  • Identify a local host institution (a national agricultural research institute or university) (International centers based in Africa or institutes overseas are not eligible to lead proposals in this call, but may partner as sub-grant hosts).
  • Have at minimum an MSc degree; and
  • Be able to devote at least 70% of their time to lead the proposed project.
Website: Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders 2014

Scholarship for Water Cooperation and Peace - Joint Master Programme
Organiser: University for Peace
Summary: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the University for Peace (UPEACE) and Oregon State University (OSU), institutions with a unique range of expertise, have jointly developed a new Master programme on Water Cooperation and Peace, which has been endorsed by UNESCO’s “From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential PCCP” programme.
Contact: Ms. Zaki Shubber
Website: Scholarship for Water Cooperation and Peace

The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program 2014
Website: The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program 2014

UNU-INRA PhD Internship Programme Education, Green Economy
Position: PhD. Intern
Location: Accra, Ghana
Summary: UNU-INRA, with funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is undertaking a three-year project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. The project aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can, amongst others, influence employment, income generation, competitiveness and social inclusion in rural Africa under four thematic areas:

  • Green business opportunities in rural Africa
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa
  • Rural SMEs and ecosystem services
  • Institutions and governance for environmentally-friendly business practices.
Who should apply? Applicants should be African nationals and must be enrolled in a doctoral programme, most preferably at the later stage of the PhD programme. They should be able to conduct high-quality research. UNU-INRA accepts both Anglophone and Francophone applicants. However, candidates should be fluent in oral and written English or French, as their case may warrant. While there are no restrictions with respect to the applicant’s areas of study, these must be clearly linked to addressing the critical issues related to green growth in rural Africa.
Application deadline: 31 May 2015 for the academic years 2015–2016.
Contact: Programme Coordinator
Website: UNU-INRA PhD Internship

RFP from Field-based Researchers (African/Asian Elephant Research)
Summary: Earthwatch is looking to support research projects that align with and contribute to global environmental priorities and agendas. Specifically, projects that aim to improve the management and stewardship of biodiversity, reduce human-wildlife conflicts, investigate/restore degraded ecosystems, and investigate threats to ocean health and freshwater systems, and projects that assess and/or mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.
Website: RFP from field-based researchers

WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation
Summary: The WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships (PBS) are awarded to individuals from East and South who wish to pursue formal studies or professional training in the field of conservation.
Website: WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation

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