PhD Scholarship for African Students in the Department of Geography at University of Bonn, Germany

The West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (http://www.wascal.org/) is a program designed to enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. The WASCAL Core Research Program focuses on improving the adaptive capacity of human-environmental systems in the face of climate change. The area of investigation is situated in the southern Sudanian savanna belt of West Africa, with research sites in Burkina Faso, Benin and Ghana. Within the framework of WASCAL’s Core Research Program and its work package “Rangeland monitoring for land use management and adaptation”, we offer a Doctoral scholarship Effects of management and climate on forage resources in West African rangelands

MSc degree or equivalent in Geography, Biology, Geoecology or related fields, with excellent academic results; Experience with empirical work in natural sciences (preferably vegetation ecology) and willingness to acquire methodical skills in social sciences; Knowledge and skills in multivariate statistics; Experience in developing countries (experience in Africa would be an advantage); Excellent command of English; Good French skills; Good team player with strong interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment; sensitivity and respect for diversity. African candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Deadline: January 20th 2012

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