ARUA-CD 3-year scholarship for a PhD with a focus in climate change and development (2020 to 2022)
Deadline: 31 August 2019
We invite black South Africans interested in undertaking a PhD with a focus in climate change and development to apply for the ARUA-CD three-year PhD scholarship. The scholarship has a value of ZAR 200,000 per annum, which will be paid in one tranche per year from which the fees will be covered and the balance disbursed.
We aim to attract exceptional scholars who are academically capable and are committed to serving South Africa and the continent in the environmental and development field.
As the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Secretariat and Southern African regional hub for the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence in Climate & Development (ARUA-CD), the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) will host the student.
The applicant must have a background in climate change and/or development studies and research and a keen interest in undertaking inter- and transdisciplinary research that cuts across both academic disciplines and academia and society. They must also be open to undertake research in partner ARUA-CD countries in Africa. Applicants are invited to visit the ACDI and ARUA-CD websites for more information on the wide range of research themes that are applicable.
Black, Coloured or Indian South African citizen
Research interests in climate change and development, including climate and health, climate and ecosystems, climate risk and adaptation, climate mitigation and energy systems, and climate governance and policy, amongst others,
A Masters degree in either natural (e.g. environmental sciences, life sciences, health sciences), social (e.g. environmental studies) or engineering sciences (e.g. worked in energy systems, water management) with a strong focus on climate change and sustainability concerns.
History of social engagement or service related to environmental concerns
Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
Interviews will take place once candidates have been shortlisted and proof of UCT acceptance has been given.
Applicants should submit:
An application letter that includes a short description of their expertise, research interests, and community engagement experience;
A short 3-5 page concept note on a topic of climate change and development research that they wish to pursue in their studies (if the applicant has engaged with a potential supervisor please include details);
A CV including a publication list;
Copies of academic transcripts and/or certificates.
Acceptance into a 3-year supervised ACDI PhD programme (by dissertation)
Identification of a topic and supervisor for this topic amongst ACDI staff and partners
Satisfactory attendance and progress in the programme, including annual progress report by student and supervisor
Please note: The university reserves the right to cancel or withdraw the award if the recipient does not comply with the stated conditions of the award. The scholarship award is conditional on acceptance to the University of Cape Town. More information on the process of application can be found on the ACDI website.
The closing date for submitting your completed ARUA-CD Scholarship Application Form with all supporting documents is 31 August 2019. No late, incomplete or inappropriate applications will be accepted.
Applications received before 31 August 2019 are guaranteed to be considered. Applications received thereafter may be considered if the position has not been filled.
The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town also reserves the right to change the conditions of the award or to make no awards at all.