ILRI PhD Fellowship in Climate Change Adaptation Policy, 2015

Applications are invited by ILRI for two available three year PhD fellowships (one in Ethiopia and the other one in Senegal) within the department of Livestock Systems and the Environment. Each fellow will analyze the social dynamics of formulation and implementation of climate adaptation policy in one of these two countries. Applicants need not have completed all university requirements for commencing field research (coursework, oral/comprehensive exams, etc.) at the time of application. However, the student should have advanced to PhD candidacy by the time of starting the fellowship, which should be no later than 1 August 2015. Fieldwork must start by 1 October 2015. The application deadline is 15 November, 2014.. With the increased urgency of adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector, there is more and more experimentation with how to bring scientific insights into national policy discussions. Emerging science-policy interface platforms vary in their forms, but they all aim to be mechanisms to shorten the distance between the co-production of cutting edge applied science and scientifically informed policies that are equitable and effective. However, how and why such modes of science-policy interface work within the political economy of adaptation remains poorly understood. The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is offering two 3-year PhD fellowships, one each for research in Ethiopia and Senegal. Each fellow will analyze the social dynamics of formulation and implementation of climate adaptation policy in one of these two countries. In particular, we are interested to examine how scientific information is (or is not) integrated into policy processes focused on or relevant to climate adaptation in the agricultural sector. More specifically, the research fellows will be charged with empirical analyses of policy formation and implementation processes, treating them as complex interactions between a wide variety of stakeholders, including global policy and research actors, donor agencies, national policymakers, government ministries and their staff at various levels, civil society stakeholders, sub-national political actors, and the pastoralists/ agropastoralists whose lives are ultimately affected by policies.. Fellowship is available to undertake research.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Fellowship is awarded for a research project on “Multi-level analysis of the science-policy-practice interface in climate change adaptation in East and West Africa”. Each fellow will analyze the social dynamics of formulation and implementation of climate adaptation policy in one of these two countries.
Who can apply to this scholarship? The ideal candidates should:
· Be enrolled or accepted in a PhD program in a recognized university in a discipline such as anthropology, human geography, natural resources management, international development studies, political science, science and technology studies.
· Be prepared to begin field research no later than 1 October 2015.
· Have no health or other restrictions that would prevent them from carrying out field research in rural Ethiopia/Senegal.
· Have extensive knowledge of the climate change adaptation literature
· Have excellent English speaking and writing skills and strong motivation to produce peer
· reviewed publications. – For Senegal only, have at least functional fluency in French.
· Applicants need not have completed all university requirements for commencing field research (coursework, oral/comprehensive exams, etc.) at the time of application. However, the student should have advanced to PhD candidacy by the time of starting the fellowship, which should be no later than 1 August 2015. Fieldwork must start by 1 October 2015.
Benefits of the scholarship: The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of USD 33,000 per year for up to three years, as well as USD 22,500 for field research expenses. Over and above this amount for field research expenses, ILRI will also cover travel expenses for participation in meetings with ILRI staff and between the two fellows, as necessary. In addition to their university-based academic supervisors, fellows will also receive substantive input from the commissioning ILRI social scientists. Through this collaboration, fellows are expected to produce peer-reviewed articles and policy briefs, as well as PhD dissertations.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: PhD fellowship is awarded for three years.
Number of scholarships: Only 2 positions are available (one in Ethiopia and the other one in Senegal).

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