Africa opportunities!

Africa opportunities!



Heads up! Great opportunities for African researchers lie ahead! Internship, collaborative research or funding proposals - don't miss the chance!


Internship: Forest disturbance, tree cover and water provisioning in the ‘water towers’ of East Africa

This project aims to generate scientific evidence on the state of forest and water resources to be used to identify policy and practice options for improved management. The ultimate goal is to minimize or reverse forest degradation and sustain the delivery of related ecosystem services such as water. Objective: To test and implement a citizen science approach as a low-cost strategy for monitoring forest and water resources. Citizen science will be used not only to fill data and information gaps, but also to work collaboratively with communities to generate relevant management-oriented knowledge. This project will study forest disturbance of two tropical forests in Kenya (Western and SW Mau and Mt Elgon), and how this is related to hydrological functioning.

Studentship funding: Full studentship (stipend (£14,296 [tax free]) and tuition fees for 3 years.
Excellent candidates from Kenya and Uganda are highly encouraged to apply

Academic Requirements: Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Forestry, Earth Environmental Sciences
Deadline for applications: Midnight CET 28 February 2017
Provisional Interview Date: First week of March
Start Date: as soon as possible

Supervisors: Prof. Mariana Rufino, Dr Fernando Espirito-Santo (Lancaster University, UK), Dr Paolo Cerutti (CIFOR, Kenya)

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For further information or informal discussion about the position, please send your CV and an email to Prof Mariana Rufino ( or Dr Fernando Espirito-Santo ( ).



The SUGI/Food-Water-Energy Nexus

The Belmont Forum and START are excited to announce an opportunity to link African PIs or Co-PIs to the upcoming Collaborative Research Action on Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy NexusThe SUGI/Food-Water-Energy Nexus is a call jointly established by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe to "bring together the fragmented research and expertise across the globe to find innovative new solutions to the Food-Water-Energy Nexus challenge."

START will provide funds directly to African nationals working at institutions based in Africa in accordance to rules and regulations. International collaborators outside of Africa will receive funding through their own national/regional funding agency. Eligible proposals must include PIs or Co-PIs from three countries: either two African countries and one Belmont Forum country or one African country and two Belmont Forum countries. Please refer to Annex A of the Call for Proposals posted here for eligible Belmont Forum countries.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 15 March 2017. For more information, including how to submit proposals, see the announcement here.



Call for funding proposals: Transformations to Sustainability

Over €13 million available for social science-led research on transformations to sustainability.

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented situations for societies worldwide. What’s more, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are likely to be disproportionally affected. The slow progress on the many pressing challenges of global environmental change and global development has led to increasing emphasis, both in research and policy, on the need to go beyond the study and encouragement of incremental change.

There is a need for more fundamental transformations in the way societies interact with each other and with the natural environment. What’s needed is a comprehensive and concerted research initiative that can boost research on transformations to sustainability, and catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

Outline Proposals are invited by 5 April 2017.

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Deadline approaching: Proposals for II Conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS)

Send in submissions by 30 January for sessions at this international conference in Mexico and make sure mountains play an important part in it!

In this first call for submissions, the PECS-II organisers are seeking proposals for a range of conference activities. They include symposia, workshops, innovative and immersive sessions, videos and documentaries and courses and workshops to be held during or after the conference. The deadline for these submissions is 30 January 2017. The organisers will also open a second call for summaries of accepted symposia and workshops and oral sessions or posters on 1 February with a deadline of 30 March.

The conference (7-10 November 2017) will focus on four themes:

  • Context-specific pathways for working towards sustainability
  • Challenges and opportunities for informing global sustainability through place-based research
  • Social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services: Synergies, trade-offs and links to human wellbeing
  • Cross-scale connections and feedbacks that impact the structure and dynamics of social-ecological systems.

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