Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany

Scholarships for Master’s and PhD Candidates from Africa, Brazil and Germany: Call for Proposals for the Pilot Project: Future Trilateral Cooperation within the scope of cooperation in higher education between Germany, Brazil, and the countries of lusophone Africa

What are the project goals?

The German Academic Exchange Service aims to strengthen cooperation in higher education between Germany, Brazil and countries of ...........

lusophone Africa. To support the mobility of junior scientists from lusophone Africa as well as Brazilian and German lecturers and scientists, such Trilateral Cooperation will be initiated by means of a Pilot Project in 2009. A six-month research stay at German universities will be offered for African Master’s and PhD candidates. At the same time Brazilian and African university teachers and scientists will get the opportunity to carry out their own research projects for up to three months and will supervise and support the young African scientists at participating German universities. Furthermore short-term lectureships will be funded for German scientists in the relevant target regions. In 2010, the Pilot Project will lead to extensive cooperation between the universities and scientists taking part in the project.

What is funded?

1. Short-term Research Scholarships for African Master’s and PhD Candidates

The monthly scholarship instalment for short-term research stays at German universities amounts to a maximum of 1,000 euros over a period of up to six months, plus an additional travel allowance.

2. Research Stays for University Teachers and Scientists from Abroad

The monthly scholarships for university teachers and scientists from Brazil and lusophone Africa, respectively, amount to a maximum of 2,240 euros and are dependent on the applicant’s academic status. A travel allowance is also provided. Funding is limited to a maximum stay of three months at a German university. In addition to their own research activities, the scientists will also support and supervise the African short-term scholarship recipients within the project.

3. Short-term Lectureships for German Scientists

Applications can be submitted for accommodation and subsistence costs of up to 2,137 euros (in Africa) and 2,600 euros (in Brazil) for short-term lectureships by German scientists in both target regions. In addition a travel allowance will be paid. The funding is limited to a term of one to three months.

4. Support and Supervision Funds for German universities

Upon application, German universities will receive flat-rate funding (amounting to 60 euros per month and scholarship recipient) to supervise and tutor the shortterm scholarship recipients within the scope of this project. If more short-term scholarship recipients (minimum of six) are accepted, the respective university may apply for more funding for tutorial means and resources.

5. Material and Organisation Costs

Universities that accept a minimum of six scholarship recipients may, within the scope of the Trilateral Cooperation scheme, apply for the funding of training workshops for lecturers, supervision, etc. Applications for “Cooperation Workshops” are open to universities that clearly show a strong interest in a future Trilateral Cooperation Project. Funding of up to 10,000 euros per workshop can be approved.

Future cooperation between universities in Germany, Brazil, and lusophone Africa are to be initiated and/or structurally consolidated by combining the various mobility components. This initial seed funding is limited to the fiscal year 2009.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for short-term research scholarships, research stays, and short-term lectureships is 22 May 2009 (postal stamp). All necessary papers and documents must be included for consideration of the application. The DAAD will send the invitation to submit the application for Supervision and Support Funding and Material and Organisation Costs to the respective universities as from July 2009.

Further Scholarship Information and Application (PDF)

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Full Scholarships for East African Students in ITC, The Netherlands


These scholarships are offered under the research project “EOIA: An Earth Observation? and Integrated Assessment approach to the Governance of Lake Naivasha” is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research under the WOTRO ?Global Science for Development Programme

The project will be implemented jointly by Egerton University (Kenya), and the International Institute of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC, The Netherlands) and the University of Twente (The Netherlands). Collaborating partners are the University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Leicester (UK) and the University of Bournemouth (UK). The main stakeholders in the project are Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), Lake Naivasha Growers Group (LNGG), Lake Naivasha Riparian Organisation (LNRA), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the World Wildlife Fund ? East Africa Regional Programme Office (WWF?EARPO), all based in Kenya.

The research aims at enhancing sustainability in management of water resources and the environment using Lake Naivasha as a pilot case and adopting Integrated Assessment approach to generate lessons and best practices which can be replicated in other catchments in Kenya and in the East Africa region. Major inputs to the assessment include participatory processes and physical and economic models combined with data derived from remote sensing techniques.

In the framework of this project 5 PhD candidates will be recruited for the following projects.

1. Quantifying the effect of landuse change in upper catchments of Lake Naivasha on water quantity and quality of the Lake ? Tenable at ITC/Twente

2. Impact of exogenous and endogenous changes on limnology, fisheries and piscivorous birds – Tenable at Egerton University Kenya

3. Hydrological impacts on terrestrial fringe biodiversity?Tenable at ITC/Twente

4. Water governance – Tenable at University of Nairobi

5. Socio?economic linkages – Tenable at ITC/Twente

For a detailed description of the project interested candidates may consult

The project also offers 1 Post Doctoral Position

The candidate for this position will take up the challenge to integrate the results from the five subprojects and build the Integrated Assessment framework. Applicants, not necessarily African, with a strong background in multidisciplinary modelling and systems integration may contact the PI’s /coordinators on this position.
Requirements and modalities.

The positions 1, 3 and 5 are PhD positions for 4 years at ITC with a Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Twente.

Position 2 entails a PhD position for 4 years at Egerton University with an internship at ITC. Doctoral degree awarded by Egerton University.

Position 4 entails a PhD position for 4 years at University of Nairobi with an internship at ITC. Doctoral degree awarded by University of Nairobi.

Candidates should be nationals of East Africa and hold a Master of Science/Arts degree from a recognized university. All candidates will spend approximately two years in the Netherlands and two years in Kenya and are co?supervised by the research consortium. Candidates who are below 45 years are preferred. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

From all candidates a broad and multidisciplinary attitude is required.

Candidates for position 1,2,3 should have a strong background in Engineering and Environmental Sciences, and preferably with knowledge of modeling and earth observation as well as earth sciences.

Candidates for position 4 should have a strong background in (environmental/ecological) economics.

Candidates for position 5 should have a strong background in public policy and administration, and capable of closely collaborating with more technical and economic researchers.

Candidates have a period of 6 month to fully develop their research proposals and qualify for the graduate programme.

The appointment will be for a period of four years and the fellowship awarded to the successful candidates comprises:
Medical insurance.
Waiver of tuition fees.
Limited resources for research materials and logistics.
Monthly Personal Maintenance Allowance
While at ITC?The Netherlands: Single?status hotel accommodation will be provided

All candidates interested in the announced positions have to apply online at

The closing date of the application is 15 June 2009.

ONLY shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in Kenya or by teleconferencing.

Further information can be obtained from the PI’s: or / Coordinators: or

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