Call for Applications: WASCAL GRP on Climate Change and Agriculture, 2014/15

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Applications are invited for WASCAL graduate research program on Climate Change (CC) and Agriculture (CC&Agric). Candidates must be from the WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) and must not be more than 40 years. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The program provides a full scholarship for a maximum period of three (3) years excluding language course. Application should be submitted till March 31, 2014.. Climate change (CC) constitutes the most striking environmental risk on which the attention of the whole world is focused because of its global dimension and its negative effects on socioecological systems. It has been established that without adequate response, the effects of CC will increase in the coming years, with the greatest negative impacts on the most vulnerable populations and ecosystems in the world particularly those in the sub-Saharan part of Africa. The training of highly qualified human resources constitutes one of the major adaptation strategies to CC. Actually, highly qualified human resources, having relevant infrastructures and equipments will be able to strengthen scientific knowledge on agriculture and climate interactions..  Scholarships are available for pursuing doctoral training program.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship?
· Candidates must be from the WASCAL countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo);
· Candidates must not be more than 40 years;
· Candidates must have a Master’s Degree, or its equivalent in Soil Science, Crop Science, Agro
· forestry, Forestry, Animal Science, IPM or other relevant disciplines, with at least an average of 60 % (Second Upper Class, Assez Bien);
· Experience with modeling routines or GIS would be an advantage but not a prerequisite;
· Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Benefits of the scholarship: Each student will receive a stipend of € 500.00 per month (€350.00 during the pre-course language preparations) to cover accommodation and other expenses for his study period. Research funds will also be made available to students after approval of their research proposal by their advisor/supervisor, the GRP Coordination and WASCA headquarters. The student may travel to Germany once during the course of the PhD fellowship period to work with scientists at German universities or research centers. Airfare will be paid for by the project and a monthly stipend of about €1000.00 will also be provided for each month spent in Germany.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: The scholarships are for a maximum period of three (3) years excluding language course.
Number of scholarships: The program will admit a maximum of 10 students per batch. There shall be equitable distribution of students across the WASCAL countries (one student per country).

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