UNU-INRA Visiting Scholars Programme for African Researchers, 2014-2015

Applications are invited for UNU-INRA Visiting Scholarships to undertake a three-year project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. Under the project, up to ten visiting scholars will be selected each year to spend 3-4 months carrying out research at UNU-INRA headquarters in Accra, Ghana, or at one of its operating units based in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia. This programme is reserved for applicants from the African continent who are faculty members or researchers at African universities and other research institutions. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 31 August 2014.. UNU-INRA, with funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is undertaking a three-year project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. The project aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can, amongst others, influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa under four thematic areas: Green business opportunities in rural Africa, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa, Rural SMEs and ecosystem services and Institutions and governance for environmentally-friendly business practices.. Scholarships are available for undertaking a three-year research project at UNU-INRA headquarters in Accra, Ghana or at one of its operating units based in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Scholarships are awarded for a research project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. The project aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can, amongst others, influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa under four thematic areas: Green business opportunities in rural Africa, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa, Rural SMEs and ecosystem services and Institutions and governance for environmentally-friendly business practices.
Who can apply to this scholarship? This programme is reserved for applicants from the African continent who are faculty members or researchers at African universities and other research institutions. Applicants should have a PhD degree in environmental economics, natural resource economics, ecological economics, development economics, agricultural economics, soil science or any other relevant field of study.
· Female candidates are encouraged to apply. (In recent years, four out of ten visiting scholars have been female.)
· All candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills in either French or English. A working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.
· The programme does not make provision for collection of primary data. The programme is ideal for candidates who have the relevant data and who desire an environment to undertake data analysis and write
· up. Specific research questions may be proposed to a selected candidate, but priority will be given to those candidates who already have research questions which overlap with our current thematic areas in green growth for rural Africa.
Benefits of the scholarship:  UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of around USD 1,500.00 to successful applicants. The stipend is a contribution towards travel, accommodation, and medical and other expenses. In exceptional cases, the Institute will consider subsidizing the travel cost to the location of the programme.
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  These visiting scholarships are offered for 3-4 months.
Number of scholarships:  Under the project, up to ten visiting scholars will be selected each year.

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