Scholarship for PhD Candidates in International Development Studies, Netherlands

The AISSR and the Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) are inviting applications for scholarship for PhD candidates in International Development Studies. Total three PhD positions are offered for candidates from Ghana and/or South Africa. Scholarship is available for the PhD positions, totaling EUR 1600 during stays in the Netherlands (50%) and EUR 775 during stays in Ghana/South Africa (50%). The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting 1 November 2014. The application deadline is 7th September 2014.. The AISSR and the Governance and Inclusive Development (GID) programme group at the University of Amsterdam are looking for three PhD candidates from Ghana and/or South Africa who will participate in the WOTRO-funded research project ‘Inclusive partnerships and innovation platforms for sustainable landscapes and greater food sovereignty among tree crop farmers in Ghana and South Africa’. This WOTRO-funded research project is directed by dr. Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen of the University of Amsterdam in collaboration with partners from Ghana and South Africa, and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands..  Scholarships are available for pursuing PhD degree level at University of Amsterdam.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Scholarships are provided in International Development Studies at University of Amsterdam.
Who can apply to this scholarship? PhD candidates should have the following credentials:
· Hold a (Research) Master’s degree in International Development Studies or related disciplines that focus on development issues (Social & Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography, Rural Sociology, etc.). Candidates who are due to graduate before October 2014 are also welcome to apply.
· Excel academically, as shown in the grade transcripts and curriculum vitae;
· Have a firm basis in mixed methods and (for PhD3) GIS.
· Have experience with fieldwork in the respective study regions; mastering the local language (Twi) in Ghana is considered an asset;
· Have an excellent written and spoken command of English;
· Have excellent organizational and social skills;
· Have the ability and interest to work in a team;
· Wish to pursue an academic career.
Benefits of the scholarship:  A scholarship is available for the PhD positions, totalling EUR 1600 during stays in the Netherlands (50%) and EUR 775 during stays in Ghana/South Africa (50%). The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting 1 November 2014.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: The full-time appointments will be for a period of four years (12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year), starting 1 November 2014.
Number of scholarships: Within this programme, three PhD positions are available for candidates from Ghana and/or South Africa: -Livelihood trajectories and innovation space in smallholder cocoa and oil-palm farming systems in Ghana (PhD1) -Livelihood trajectories and innovation space in smallholder macadamia and mango farming systems in South Africa (PhD2) -Tree-based farming systems and sustainable landscapes: an integrated analysis of biophysical effects and perceptions of impacts of tree-crop farming systems in Ghana and South Africa (PhD3).

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