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ZEF Doctoral Scholarship at University of Bonn in Germany, 2013

University of Bonn

The Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management at University of Bonn is offering doctoral scholarship for international students. Students from Africa are encouraged to apply. The duration of doctoral scholarship is three years which is starting from September 2013. Funding covers living, research as well as travel cost. The PhD thesis will be conducted in the context of the project WASCA. The candidate is expected to develop an individual research proposal until December 2013 and to participate in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses of the ZEF doctoral studies program. 

About Scholarship: The PhD thesis will be conducted in the context of the project WASCAL. The candidate is therefore expected to especially consider multiple and interdisciplinary interfaces with other research teams in WASCAL. For information assessment and data collection, a total of 6 months of field research in West Africa is to be expected during which the candidate should focus on identifying the land use planners (who are they?) and assessing what criteria they prioritize for land use planning (what do they need to know?). The case study regions will be in Benin, Burkina Faso or Ghana. During the writing up period of the dissertation, the candidate will be based at ZEF in Bonn and will focus on adapting the MCA platform of the GISCAME package with those criteria of importance to the land use planners in West Africa and develop the algorithms to be included in the GISCAME platform. The candidate is expected to develop an individual research proposal until December 2013. The candidate will also be expected to participate in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses of the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program. 

Study: This PhD study will apply the ecosystem services concept in the context of the West African Science Service Center for Climate Change and Adapted Land-use.

Course Level: PhD degree at University of Bonn in Germany

Scholarship by: The Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

Location: Germany (For information assessment and data collection, a total of 6 months of field research is conducted in West Africa and The case study regions will be in Benin, Burkina Faso or Ghana).

Eligibility: - Excellent degree (Dipl., Msc.) in environmental economics or a related field – Very good oral, reading, and writing skills in English

-Very good oral skills in French

-good knowledge of environmental modeling approaches and GIS is of advantage

-experience in research is of advantage

-work experience in development countries, esp. in West Africa is of advantage. African candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

Scholarship Open for: International applicants can apply (African candidates are highly encouraged to apply). 

Duration: Three years starting from September 2013. 

Value: A scholarship awarded will cover living, research as well as travel cost.

Apply: The eligible candidates are invited to send their application including

-letter of motivation

-concept note that addresses the research topic, problem statement, research objectives and question, suggested methodology (2-3 pages)

-extended abstract of the diploma or master thesis

-Curriculum Vitae

-copies of academic certificates

-letter of reference

Please, send the hard copy of the application by post. 

Deadline: 30th June, 2013

Further Information: http://www.zef.de/fileadmin/webfiles/downloads/vacancies/Call_PhD_WP61-3.pdf

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