Applications are open for the Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships (CLIFF-GRADS) Programme 2023. The CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and Mitigate+: Research for Low Emissions Food Systems (Mitigate+).
CLIFF-GRADS builds capability in early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries to conduct applied research in agriculture greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. During short research stays of up to 6 months, CLIFF- GRADS awardees are exposed to expertise and scientific training at their host institute that they would not otherwise receive during their PhD in their home country.
Specific techniques they may learn include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, data surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. Topics advertised in the Programme are related to the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (also in the context of enhancing food security).
Grants of $14,000 USD will be awarded to PhD students from developing countries for research stays that will be completed before the end of 2024.
Individuals applying for the Programme must be citizens of developing countries, be undertaking their PhD in a University based in a developing country and must not have previously been awarded a CLIFF-GRADS grant.
Preference will be given to students applying for opportunities outside their home country/country of study to encourage the building of global networks and connections through this programme.
Applicants are selected based on three criteria:
- Overall level of research experience,
- Relevance of PhD thesis topic or other research experience to CLIFF-GRADS objectives, and
- The clarity of description of how the CLIFF- GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capability and contribute to their career.
Applicants must complete the CLIFF-GRADS Round 6 online application form and submit the following necessary documentation merged into a single PDF file. Applications must be in English and applications that are in any other language will not be accepted.
- 1 page motivation letter
- 1-page academic curriculum vitae (CV/Resume) that includes your contact details
- Letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your current university