CfA - 5 PhD Positions for South African/African Graduates, 2019, German Academic Exchgange Service, Germany


August 15, 2018

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5 PhD positions for African students in Vegetation Modelling, Biometeorology, Biogeochemical Cycles, Socio-ecological modelling, Computer Sciences and Remote Sensing of savanna ecosystems in a joint German-South African climate research project.


The ARS AfricaE consortium, in the framework of a follow-up project EMSAfrica (Ecosystem Management Support for Climate Change in Southern Africa), offers five potential PhD positions to South African/African graduates who are interested in applying for a three-year PhD scholarship from the DAAD. The planned starting date for the positions is early 2019 and each position is subject to approval of funding by the DAAD.

We offer ambitious, enthusiastic young candidates an opportunity to join a cutting-edge interdisciplinary climate change research project, experience working at different academic institutions in Germany, and expand your international academic networks. Each successful candidate who is chosen by the project supervisors will receive our support in applying for a DAAD PhD scholarship for three years. As part of the PhD programme, we will offer additional training in methodological skills and transferrable skills as well as regular meetings with other PhD candidates, and opportunities to present your research at international meetings and conferences. Each project will be co-supervised by a team of researchers from Germany and South Afric

The basic requirements for candidates are:

You have completed or are about to complete your M.Sc. degree before end of the year 2018 with excellent grades

  • You are African and not currently living in Germany
  • You are committed in spending three years at German academic institution(s) to complete a PhD degree*
  • You have a high level of competence in oral and written English (German is a plus) and are able to produce scientific written outputs of a high standard

 Also welcome queries of applications for “sandwich” degrees (conducted partially in Germany under German supervision/ shorter research stays/ collaborations from interested PhD candidates and experienced researchers with the right background and skills.)

 Furthermore, expectations that:

  • You are motivated to work on an interdisciplinary topic related to climate change in Southern Africa and communicate your results at local and international meetings
  • You are able to take your own initiative, work independently and manage your time well
  • You are open to new ideas and have a strong motivation to learn new approaches and techniques and develop your skills
  • You have a positive, flexible approach and enjoy working as part of a multicultural team

 Application instructions

Your tentative application documents should be sent by email to the project coordinator Mari Bieri ( by 15.08.2018. Please choose one (or several) project(s) from the list, tailor your cover letter and research plan accordingly, and explain briefly in your email which project(s) you are interested in. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from female candidates and individuals with disabilities.

Please compile the following attachments into one PDF document and attach this to your email to the project coordinator:

 CV (max. 3 pages) including your publications list

A short cover letter (max. 1 page) explaining your personal motivation and suitability for the position (if you are interested in two positions, please draft separate letters)

A tentative research plan (2-3 pages) describing your main planned scientific approaches

Relevant professional references (max. 5 pages), including a recommendation letter from your previous academic (M.Sc.) supervisor

Up-to-date email address and telephone number where we can reach you


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July 02, 2018
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