CALL FOR CENSU PHD GRANTS
The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) invites qualified applicants to apply for four (4) PhD grants to work on topics relevant to the Capacity Building project titled, Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability: Transformations and Governance (CENSU Project).
The successful applicants will work with an exciting international team from the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), Lúrio University (UniLúrio) and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).
Brief Summary of the CENSU project
The Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability (CENSU) is funded by the NORHED II program of NORAD (Norway). The CENSU project addresses the needs for increased education and research capacity in order to address some major development challenges in Tanzania and Mozambique: challenges related to the sustainability of extraction of their energy resources, particularly oil and gas, and the implications for climate change mitigation. In order for the involved parties to be able to address the mentioned development challenges effectively, the project aims to share and build competence within and across countries, and across disciplines (interlinking natural sciences and social sciences) in a South-South-North collaboration setting.
The project builds on the capacities created by the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) during the NORHED I project “Vulnerability, Resilience, Rights and Responsibilities: Capacity Building on Climate Change”. The Centre for Climate Change Studies (CCCS) at UDSM will be the main South partner in a regional network including relevant entities at SUZA and two Mozambican universities: Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and Lúrio University (UniLúrio). With contributions from Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), they will develop interdisciplinary curricula in Master’s and PhD programs in the respective Tanzanian and Mozambican universities, based on highly policy-relevant joint research.
The project will carry out research on current and anticipated oil and gas exploration mainly in Lindi in southern Tanzania and Inhassoro in Southern Mozambique, as well as in other coastal areas of the two countries such as in the Cabo Delgado province if the security situation allows. Senior staff, PhD students and Master's students will work together before, during and after well-coordinated field work. The research will form the basis for the education of a much-needed local and national work force with high-level competence in climate change and sustainable development related to petroleum and other extractive industries.
PhDs and Master students will promote interdisciplinary Sustainability Science by integrating natural and social sciences, understanding the relationship between the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development, and exploring the implications of such a holistic approach for policy making and governance systems in concrete historical, local and global contexts. These objectives will be attained by focusing on the following thematic areas/sustainability challenges:
Expected focus of PhD research concept proposals
We invite PhD research concept proposals to address one or more of the following research questions (RQs):
What is expected from the research concept proposal:
The length of each proposal should be maximum 2000 words (excl. the list of references.)
The successful applicant is expected to apply for admission into the PhD program at University of Dar es Salaam. Therefore the applicant must fulfil the formal requirements of that PhD program. The working language is English.
The applicant should:
Given the emphasis on capacity building in the NORHED II, staff members in partner institutions are encouraged to apply.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to be interviewed in Dar es Salaam on 4th November 2021 or in Maputo on 11th November 2021.
About the PhD Grant
The duration of the PhD grant is three years full-time. The duration might be extended to four years, subject to special arrangement with the parent university and in agreement with the UDSM.
Two of the involved grants (Grants I and II) include a mobility stipend for one year for study and supervision at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet).
Grants III and IV include a mobility stipend for three months at OsloMet.
The senior project staff will serve as Supervisors or Co-Supervisors.
The size of the grants are: when staying in Oslo, NOK 20 330 per month (USD 2.330 with the current exchange rate). When staying in Tanzania or Mozambique, TSh 600,000/= approximately MZN 16.500.00 per month. When staying in his/her home country, there will be an additional remuneration for Mozambican grantees.
Your application must include:
Please note: the research concept proposal and all attachments should be combined in one PDF file.
Closing date: 20 October 2021
The shortlisted applicants will be announced on 1 November 2021. The applicants are requested to make provisional plans to be interviewed either on 4th November in Dar es Salaam or on 11th November in Maputo, for travel to be undertaken only if they are selected.
Issued on 30 SEPTEMBER 2021
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