06 January 2011

UK DFID Announces Fellowships in African Climate Science

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the UK Met Office (UKMO) Hadley Centre have established a Climate Science Research Partnership (CSRP) that has just announced their Call for Applications (pdf) for fellowships in African climate science.

The CSRP goals are "to improve the understanding and prediction of African climate on monthly, seasonal and decadal timescales and to strengthen climate science capacity in Africa." At the highest level, these efforts are oriented on four specific science objectives:
  • Improved understanding and modelling,
  • Improved prediction products,
  • Observational monitoring and attribution, and
  • Downscaling.
The CSRP maintains seven priority research themes that must be addressed by some or all of the applicants, depending on achievement level and type of fellowship:
  1. Evaluation of HadGEM3 representation and predictability of climate variability;
  2. Investigation of the mechanisms underlying climate variability;
  3. Attribution for the role of anthropogenic factors in observed climate extremes;
  4. Seasonal forecast evaluation and use;
  5. Decadal forecast evaluation and demonstration of potential uses;
  6. Construction of regional historical observation datasets;
  7. Downscaling investigations and applications.
Up to three fellowships will be awarded in each of three types available: Postgraduate Research Fellowships, Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Applications Project Fellowships. Applicants must be resident nationals of an African country and the fellowship must be hosted at an African Institute. The deadline for applications is 4 February 2011. Successful applicants will be funded to make an induction visit to the Met Office Hadley Centre, of up to 4 weeks duration, to learn about the CSRP objectives, retrieve data for the fellowship research/project and to help consolidation of their fellowship plans.

Interested graduates can find full documentation describing the available fellowship opportunities, as well as guidance for preparation of an application package, at the fellowship program website

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