Tailored opportunities: Two PhD student positions in Long-Term Forest Dynamics at ETH Zurich

What?

We seek to appoint two PhD students to conduct research on aboveground-belowground interactions in managed forests and to provide projections of their future dynamics.

PhD Student A will focus on the formulation of bioclimatic influences on forest dynamics, alternative formulations of soil water dynamics and particularly the representation of drought effects on tree establishment, growth and competition; also, the possible direct effects of soil moisture and drought trajectories on mortality will be investigated. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

PhD Student B will focus on a new soil carbon and nutrient turnover model that will be adapted based on existing models from the literature, to be complemented by novel components to rectify deficiencies of existing approaches in long-term applications, including weathering and erosion. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with scientists of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems at ETH and international partners.

Who?

Required qualifications comprise an MSc degree in forest sciences, environmental sciences, ecology, forestry, landscape ecology, or a related field, with good knowledge of forest ecology and soil science. Experience with the development, testing and application of dynamic models at the stand or landscape scale is a strong asset for both positions. Knowledge of the R software and of the C family of programming languages (C++, C#) is an asset as well. Knowledge of European forest ecosystems is highly welcome. Finally, candidates should have at least basic skills in statistics

When?

The screening of applications will start on 1 January 2020, and applications are accepted until the positions are filled.

How?

For more information on the Forest Ecology Group, check its website (www.fe.ethz.ch) or contact the group leader, Prof Harald Bugmann (email: harald.bugmann@usys.ethz.ch).

To apply for this position (in English or German), submit a letter (1-2 pages) explaining your interests, your CV, diploma transcripts (BSc/MSc) from which the grades are evident, and the names and addresses (including email) of three reference persons. Applications must be submitted using the online tool, not by e-mail.

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.

More details on the position and on application procedure area also available here.

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