Type of Funding
The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network is inviting PhD students from developing countries, to apply for the 2020 CLIFF-GRADS Fellowship program, if they wish to undergo short-term scientific training and research stays at CGIAR research centers, on topics related to measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems.
The 2020 fellows will be sponsored for 4 to 6-month scientific training and research stays, to collaborate on projects falling under either 1 of the following 2 themes:
- Measurement and mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions or carbon storage in agricultural systems in developing countries, including those falling under the context of enhancing food security;
- Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss in high emission supply chains (e.g. dairy, beef, vegetables, fruits) in developing countries, including estimation of costs and constraints to mitigation.
The list of list of research opportunities available to students is found on the Official Website.
Grants of US$10,000 to US$12,000 will be awarded. These grants are for financing the short-term scientific visit, including living and research costs at the host institution and any costs associated with that research, including travel, housing, meals, and research materials and services. Funding is not to be used for tuition, university fees, or unrelated personal costs.
During their tenure at the host institutions, grantees will learn how to evaluate agriculture-related options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and consider productivity and livelihood consequences. The techniques studied may include remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.
The fellowship programme will:
- Build students’ research skills in the field of GHG mitigation in agricultural systems;
- Increase students’ capacities to understand, investigate, and implement low emissions development; and
- Build students’ professional networks in the field of low emissions development.
Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD students in a field related to quantification of greenhouse gas emissions or carbon sequestration in agricultural systems, who are nationals of developing countries (eligible countries are all countries listed as “low-income economies’’, “lower-middle-income economies”, “upper-middle income economies” and “Latin America and the Caribbean” by the World Bank). In recognition of the importance for gender equity in science and policy-making, CLIFF-GRADS aims to award at least half of all fellowships to women.
Scientific visits must take place during 2020. Each CLIFF-GRADS recipient will work directly with a research supervisor at the host institute.
Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Overall research qualifications,
- Relevance of thesis topic or other research experience to the research opportunity to which the student is applying, and
- Clear description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capacity.
Applications are to be sent via email by 30 September 2019.