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Doctoral and Masters Research Bursaries in African Climate Change have been established at the University of Cape Town, with funding from a number of national and international sources. Up to eight bursaries are available. Applications close 15 February 2013.

Research areas:

  • 1. Regional Climate Change and Variability in Africa
  • 2. Climate Services/Information for Climate Adaptation, Risk Management and Policy
  • 3. Climate Change Adaptation, with a focus on ecosystem-based and community-based adaptation approaches
  • 4. Emerging Climate Risk, Thresholds and Agriculture in Africa
  • 5. Climate Change and Bio-Economy.

Further particulars on each research area can be found in Annex A at the end of this article.

Value and tenure:

Each PhD bursary valued at R100 000 is tenable for three years with continuation in the second and third years contingent on satisfactory progress through the previous year.

Each Masters bursary valued at R75 000, is tenable for two years with continuation in the second year contingent on satisfactory progress through the previous year.

The PhD and Masters research will be supervised by faculty associated with the African Climate and Development Initiative, and be registered in the home department of the primary supervisor.

Conditions of award:

Applicants should satisfy the following criteria:

  • (i) a Masters (for PhD) or Honours (for Masters) degree in a relevant subject;
  • (ii) acceptance for a PhD / Masters by research in an appropriate department and faculty;
  • (iii) ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
  • (iv) the successful candidate will be required to register at the University of Cape town as a PhD Student Research Fellow and will be expected to commence the required research at a mutually agreed data that is no later than 1 July 2013.

Application procedure:

Interested candidates should apply via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , where the following will need to be provided:

  • (i) a letter of application, which includes a statement of research interests or a short research topic proposal;
  • (ii) a CV which includes full details of any publications;
  • (iii) copies of academic transcripts and certificates for previous degrees and PhD degree*, and
  • (iv) the names of two referees, who are academics who have taught the applicant.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 GMT, 15 February 2013.

Selection will be made by academics involved with the African Climate and Development Initiative.

Click here to read Annexure for Post-doctoral fellowships and doctoral/masters bursaries in climate change at the University of Cape Town (Further Particulars).

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