Masters and PhD Positions at WACWISA-UDS

Masters and PhD Positions at WACWISA-UDS

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE – 31ST JULY, 2021

The West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA), Tamale, Ghana and Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark in partnership with the Danish Fellowship Centre (DFC), under the Climate Change Resilience of Ecosystem Services (CRES) Project, has available Seven (7) Masters and five (5) PhD positions at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in the following specialized areas: 1. Environmental Management & Sustainability, 2. Biotechnology, 3. Horticulture, 4. Agriculture Economics. and 5. Applied Chemistry. Successful candidates will enroll in August 2021 as part of the fourth cohort of WACWISA students. 

CRES research focus is on five (5) native multipurpose tree species: Baobab (Adansonia digitata), Bombax (Bombax costatum), Marula (Sclerocarya birrea), Lannea (Lannea spp), Jujube (Ziziphus mauritiana) and Locust bean (Parkia biglobosa). The field research may be carried-out in Ghana and Burkina Faso depending on the research topic.

Candidates are required to submit a detailed research proposal on ONLY ONE of the following research topics:

S/N Programme Proposed Topic
1 Environmental Management and Sustainability PhD: Use of Field-based methods and Drone Technology in the Assessment of Native Multipurpose Trees Species in the Savanna Ecosystem.
Masters: Climatic Influence on Population and Productivity of Native Multipurpose Trees Species in the Savanna Ecosystem.
2 Biotechnology PhD: A step towards Domestication and Agroforestry: Germplasm Conservation and Multiplication of Native Tree Species of the Savanna areas.
Horticulture Masters: Socio-cultural Dynamics in the Establishment and Management of Native Tree Species
3 Applied Chemistry PhD: Chemical Characterization of Natural and Value Added Food products of Climate Resilient Native Tree Species
Masters: Chemical Characterization of Oil Products from Seeds of Climate Resilient Native Tree Species
4 Agriculture Economics PhD: Assessment of Livelihood Resilience of Marginalized Groups in the Use of Products from Six Native Tree Species in the Savanna Ecosystem.
PhD: Analysis of Value Chains and Markets for Native Tree Products in Ghana.
Masters: Consumers preference for locally produced tree products in Ghana.

 

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applicants should:
  2. Meet the standard University for Development Studies Admission requirement for both local and international students.
  3. Apply for the Masters/Doctor of Philosophy programme in any of the above programmes at the University for Development Studies.
  4. Submit an official/certified academic transcript from the previous University of study and a certified copy of academic certificates, with official English translation provided where necessary. 
  5. For the Masters programme, candidates must have the following qualifications:
    A Bachelor’s degree (honours) or equivalent with at least a Second-Class Upper Division in Natural Resources Science and Management, Biology, Agriculture, Environmental Studies/Science, Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Agronomy, Horticulture, Biotechnology, Agriculture Economics or related fields.
  6. For the PhD programme, candidates must have a minimum qualification:
    A Research-based Masters degree or equivalent in related field in Natural Resources Science and Management, Biology, Agriculture, Environmental Studies/Science, Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Agronomy, Horticulture, Biotechnology, Agriculture Economics or related fields.
  7. Practical field training/experience and or research publications in any of the above disciplines or related activities is an added advantage.
  8. Masters’ applicants MUST submit a three (3)-page and PhD five (5)-page maximum research proposal on ONLY ONE of the research topics above for either Masters or PhD and which shall contain a research topic, background, problem statement and justification, objectives, materials and methods and expected results. 
  9. All applicants shall submit a two (2)-page statement of motivation outlining their fitness for the study programme and benefit of the training to Ghana, their home country, Africa and internationally.
  10. All applicants to the Masters or PhD programmes must submit two (2) academic letters of reference and one (1) professional letter of reference.
  11. Provide a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) – maximum two (2) pages.
  12. All shortlisted applicants shall be interviewed. 
  13. Applicants must be less than 35 years for the Masters programme and less than 40 years for PhD programme. 
  14. Be nationals of and resident in Africa.
  15. Provide a copy of Identity Card (ID) or Bio-data page of National Passport

Note: Female candidates in the West-Africa sub-region are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

 

  1. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
    The program training language is solely in English. Francophone candidates with proven evidence of competence in English are encouraged to apply.
  1. DETAILS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE 
  2. The Scholarship is tenable at the University for Development Studies and shall cover the following: PhD – Tuition, Monthly Stipend, Research Costs, and Masters – Tuition and Research Costs.
  3. The Scholarship will cover the official University fees for Masters and PhD students at the University for Development Studies. This includes: tuition, registration, examination, matriculation, Student Identity Card, ICT and library. These will be payable to the University for Development Studies.
  4. Monthly Stipend
    The Scholarship includes a monthly stipend for ONLY PhD candidates to cover accommodation, living expenses, health insurance and other personal incidentals.
  5. Research Costs
    This research cost will cover transport, field data collection, software, and other student project-related costs. 
  6. International Placement/Mobility Costs
    All students will experience multidisciplinary approaches for their research and will benefit from joint supervision from their University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, and Aarhus University, Denmark. The programme will cover travel cost in a return economy class ticket and living expenses for a period of between three (3) to six (6) months. 
  7. Program Duration
    The program duration is 24 months for Masters and 48 months for PhD. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND CONTACT

Applicants should submit full complement of documentation to wacwisa@uds.edu.gh and copy director_wacwisa@uds.edu.gh with a subject line “CRES – WACWISA MASTERS/PhD Scholarships”

Enquiries should be directed to:

Mr. Bernard Alando
West African Center for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture
University for Development Studies
Tamale, Ghana.

Email: alanben@uds.edu.gh

More Information, visit:
https://uds.edu.gh
www.wacwisa.uds.edu.gh/
https://cres.green

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