CLIFF-GRADS Grant Programme 2020 - 2021, New Zeland


April 01, 2020

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Round 4 Call for Student Applications: Capability Building through Research Stays for Low Emission Agriculture

The CLIFF-GRADS Programme invites applications from PhD students from developing countries for short term (4-6 month) scientific training and research on the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (this may be in the context of enhancing food security). Research will be conducted in association with CCAFS and GRA scientists.

The deadline for Round 4 CLIFF-GRADS student applications is the 1st April 2020.

Grants of $12,000 USD will be awarded to PhD students from developing countries for research stays that will be completed before the end of 2021.


Individuals applying for the Programme must be citizens of developing countries, be undertaking their PhD in a University in a developing country and must not have previously been awarded a CLIFF-GRADS grant. Women are encouraged to apply.


The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CCAFS Low Emissions Development Flagship. CLIFF-GRADS builds capability in earlycareer scientists from developing countries to conduct applied research in agriculture greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. In the first three rounds of CLIFF-GRADS, a total of 73 PhD students received grants, furthering their research skills and strengthening international agriculture emission research networks.

Application instructions

Applicants’ must complete the CLIFF-GRADS Round 4 online application form and submit the following necessary documentation merged into a single PDF file. Applications must be in English and applications that are in any other language will not be accepted.

- 1-2 page motivation letter (described below)

- 1-page academic curriculum vitae (CV / Resume) that includes your contact details

- Letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your current host university 

Selection process

Successful applicants will demonstrate the relevance of their PhD research for the project to which they are applying. Successful applicants will be matched with a project and notified by email by late June, 2020. Applicants are selected based on three criteria:

1. overall level of research experience,

2. relevance of PhD thesis topic or other research experience to the CLIFF-GRADS objective, and

3. the clarity of description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capability and contribute to their career. 

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February 19, 2020
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