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PHD Scholarship for a Joint Program WUR, CGIAR and SIPRI on climate security

PHD Scholarship for a Joint Program WUR, CGIAR and SIPRI on climate security


Deadline: 01 October 2020

Wageningen University and Research, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) are seeking for 3 outstanding candidates for a joint PhD program on Climate Security and Food Systems.

The selected candidates are expected to start doctoral studies in Fall 2020. The selected PhD candidates will work under a common and jointly developed framework, with each of them focusing on a specific geographic area. One PhD project will be on the Sahel, one on the Ganges Delta in Bangladesh and one the Mekong Delta.

  1. Benefits
  • This is a PhD-sandwich scholarship position of 4 years, while being attached to a CGIAR center or institution in the South for the full duration of the project.
  • The scholarship will provide for 24 months of stay in Wageningen and Stockholm and 24 months in the project country and region (Sahel, Bangladesh, Mekong Delta).
  • The scholarship provides:
  1. A living allowance during your stay at Wageningen University
  2. An adapted living allowance for your stay in the project country
  3. A stay as guest researcher of 6 months at SIPRI
  4. A budget for the field research
  5. Health insurance
  6. Travel costs from your home country to the Netherlands and Sweden
  7. Support to obtain a residence permit for your stay in the Netherlands
  • You will be working under the guidance of researchers and staff of the three consortium partners and in collaboration with other research programs on climate change and climate-related conflicts at Wageningen University.
  1. Requirements
  • We are looking for candidates with quantitative and/or qualitative research experience.
  • A background or previous research experience in agriculture (broadly defined, e.g., farming, fishing, herding), food systems, environment, security studies, security policy, conflict, conflict prevention, and/or peacebuilding is desired.
  • Candidates should be able to work in an interdisciplinary team composed of junior and senior researchers.
  • A completed MSc or MPhil degree
  • If the candidate is non-Dutch, from a non-Anglophone country and has not completed the higher education with English as the language of instruction, an internationally recognized Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language should be submitted. Minimum required scores:
    • TOEFL internet-based 90, with minimum sub-score 23 for speaking
    • IELTS 6.5, with minimum sub-score 6.0 for speaking
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with minimum grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) any grade
    • Test results must be dated within 24 months prior to the application
  • Previous experience of undertaking research (e.g. undergraduate or taught master’s dissertation)
  • Good understanding of and experience in using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods in the social sciences
  • Knowledge of development issues in dryland regions of Africa, or Delta Areas in South and Southeast Asia
  • Familiarity with planning and implementing independent research in developing countries
  • Fluency in the language spoken in the candidate’s chosen case study is desirable
  • Personal attributes:
    • Able to, under guidance, complete independent work successfully
    • Personal resilience and strong cross-cultural communication skills

Project proposals

 PhD projects that develop new research on climate, conflict, and food security within the broader field of food systems and natural resource management are welcome. As part of the application procedure you will write a one-page research idea, to be worked out after recruitment. Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals aimed at unraveling the mechanisms linking climate (variability), conflict and food (in-)security within or across the following thematic foci:

  1. Ecological instability, food insecurity
  2. Political change, contestation and conflicts in the context of climate stressors and climate policies
  3. Analysis of climate security issues and pathways policy advice and policy implementation
  4. Interface between climate, security and complexity/networks theory and practical applications

How to apply?

Please Apply here 

For more information please read the official call



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