PHD AND MSC. SCHOLARSHIPS TENABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
BUILDING CAPACITY TO CROSSLINK COASTAL POLLUTION WITH CLIMATE CHANGE_BC5
The University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment, which is a partner institution in the BC5 research project, is pleased to invite interested and qualified candidates to apply for 3 PhD and 2 Masters Partial Scholarships under the BC5 research project.
The BC5 Research Project
Building Capacity to Crosslink Coastal Pollution with Climate ChangeBC5 is a strategic north-south-south collaboration between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Ghana (UG) & affiliated collaboration by University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. BC5 addresses the thematic area “Climate Change and Natural Resources” under NORHED II. BC5aims at building knowledge on sustainable management of marine and coastal ecosystems and resources, strengthening & improving existing regional coastal research. Under this project research activities are parallel and intertwined with capacity enhancement in education through the establishment of field & experimental training & curriculum development on the combined impact of coastal contamination & climate change on coastal ecosystems in Ghana and Tanzania. BC5’s activities are based on the objectives set by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 14, Life under water, and other cross cutting relevant SDGs. Both Ghana & Tanzania lack crucial data and knowledge on the status of their marine environment. BC5 thematic focus is on the impacts of contaminants (i.e. plastics, e-waste, mining, (pesticides) and nutrients) from agricultural runoff, non-climatic stressors in combination with climatic stressors, on the marine and coastal environment.
Research Studies for the solicited 3 PhD and 3 Masters Students at UDSM will focus on either of the following Case Studies:
Case studies in Tanzania. Two main cases have been selected to study in Tanzania, based on their, accessibility, physical characteristics and social impact:
Case study A: The Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary -Mbanya regions:
This region starts at the border of Mozambique and is famous for its marine biodiversity. In this zone, the focus will be the perspective of the Ecological connectivity between Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and the coastal zones. Selection of this coastal region is due to the level of their exposure to potential downstream impacts of the ABNJ. Any adverse developments and contaminants in the ABNJ may have a strong negative impact on the coastal resources and population of the Least Developed Countries (LDC) in East Africa. Tanzania is the most affected country due to its highly connected coastal zones to the ABNJ.
Specific areas of focus under this case study:
Case study B: Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Pemba Island zone:
The region includes heavily populated Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar zones, where we will study human-made impact on the coastal ecosystem. Coastal pollution is increasingly becoming a source of concern in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Coastal pollution including the untreated municipal wastewater discharged into coastal waters and in some places directly onto coastal habitats, such as mangroves, is having serious impacts on the natural environment and potentially on the economic base that many of the islanders depend on. Deterioration of mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs creating risk to the livelihoods of several coastal communities.
Specific areas of focus under this case study:
General conditions for the PhD and MSc. Scholarships:
a) The 3 PhD Scholarships (Focus in identified Case Studies)
b) The 3 MSc. Scholarships (Focus in identified Case Studies)
Submission of the application for both PhD and MSc. scholarships should be accompanied by the following documents:
In addition to the above requirements, the Applicants who seek to obtain the PhD Scholarships should submit Research Concept Notes that are focused on either Case Study I or II as per detailed information in this Advert. The concept note regarding the proposed PhD research work should be about 4 pages (max 1,600 words, excluding references). The following details must be included:
Applications should be sent by email with the subject titles ‘BC5 PhD scholarship application’ and ‘BC5 Masters scholarship application’ to the Director, Institute of Resource Assessment (email@example.com) and copy to Catherine A. Masao (firstname.lastname@example.org) (Project contact Person).
Incomplete or delayed applications will NOT be considered. The assessment committee will consist of a panel of UDSM and BC5 researchers. Only successfully candidates will be notified through email that will be followed by contractual agreement between parties.
The deadline for submitting the application is 15th March 2022 at 1600hrs (East African Time).
Issued on 02 March 2022
Please click the link to download the Postdoctoral Scholar Application Form