Wednesday, August 07, 2013


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CLIFF/CCAFS Funding for Training of PhD Students from Developing Countries

The Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network is a collaborative initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. The Network aims to build the capacity of young scientists, generate novel climate change research on smallholder farming systems, and facilitate South-South knowledge exchange. Each year, starting in 2011, CLIFF has provided small grants to support graduate student research and participation in international training events and conferences. The activities have resulted in a linked network of emerging scientists that improve the quality of each other’s research, collaborate on new proposals, and speed-up the pace of their scientific development.

In 2013, we invite applications from students from developing countries, currently enrolled in PhD programs, to become part of the CLIFF Network. Selected students will be sponsored for short-term (3-4 month) scientific training and research stays at CGIAR centres or affiliated research institutions1. During their tenure at the host institutions, students will learn approaches used in the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) research programme to evaluate smallholder farming systems in terms of system level livelihood and environmental outcomes at whole-farm and landscape scales.

The techniques that may be studied include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from soils. Precise training will depend on the student’s and host institution scientists’ interests. Applications are invited for training and travel grants of up to 12,000 USD. The travel grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution.

More information.

Deadline: August 19, 2013

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