2019 Admissions into Ph.D. programme in Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management
Call for Applications
(Full Scholarship Available)
The WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme in Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management is pleased to announce for application for its fourth batch of students to the Ph.D. Research Programme in Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management at Université de Lomé, Togo, under the Capacity Building Programme of West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), with funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners. WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its 11 West African member countries, namely, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
WASCAL’s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. We do this through capacity building support to young West African scholars in fields of climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in member countries.
- GRP-CCDRM GENERAL OBJECTIVE
The Graduate Research Programme in Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management will help create human capacity to cope with the threats posed by climate change and reduce the impact of environmental hazards on communities.
- GRP-CCDRM SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
The Graduate Research Programme on Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management (GRP-CCDRM) will educate eleven (11) international students to understand the threat and risks associated with climate change, get familiar with early warning systems and know ways and means to improve the coping capacity of populations who are affected. They will be exposed to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to assessing threats and work in multidisciplinary teams with affected groups in harnessing their inherent resilience to hazards. Upon completion of their study, the students are expected to be able to:
- analyse with scientific tools and methods the threats and risks to society or communities to the impact of climate change;
- synthesise knowledge regarding integrated management strategies to climate change effects, specifically to improve human safety;
- prepare background document and policy notes that offer options to deal with climate change;and
- assist communities in dealing with climate change hazards by adaptation and mitigation.
- GRP-CCDRM STUDENT ELIGIBILITY
The Graduate Research Programme on Climate Change and Disaster Risks Management (GRP-CCDRM) is opened for students and professionals having a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) with Mention Assez-bien or Second class Upper or equivalent, in relevant disciplines: Geography, Agronomy, Sociology, Environment, Agriculture and other pertaining disciplines.
- APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS OF CANDIDATES TO THE PROGRAMME
- Be citizen of one of the eleven (11) member countries of WASCAL;
- Hold a minimum master’s degree (M.Sc. with Mention Assez-bien or Second class Upper holder in the above cited discipline).
- Provide a motivation letter.
- Provide letter of recommendation from three referees.
- Provide copy of birth certificate and passport.
- Provide all academic transcripts (from bachelor degree to master’s degree).
- Provide a copy of master diploma.
- Provide an updated curriculum vitae.
- Must have at least an intermediate level of English (see Language section on the application form).
- Age limit: 35.
If you are in another graduate programme, you should not apply for this GRP.
Once a student is given admission by the Advisory Board of the Graduate programme, registration for courses shall be done at Université de Lomé, according to the University’s admission rules. All rules will be available at all member universities through WASCAL contact.
The application form will be available on the member universities websites and at the GRP-CCDRM secretariat (Immeuble CIC, 1st Floor, opposite DAAS, Université de Lomé).
Deadline to apply is 29th March 2019.
*Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
*The programme will admit a maximum of 11 students. There shall be equitable distribution of students across the WASCAL countries (one student per country).
- GRP-CCDRM LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
GRP-CC&HS is an English-speaking graduate programme. The following are the language requirements:
Basic Certificate in English Language; and
Functional Certificate in English Language;
A three-month intensive English language training course will be offered at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana, for the selected francophone students before courses start.
At the end of this English language course, students will have to pass an English language proficiency test, e.g. TOEFL.
English speaking students will also read French language at CIREL, Village du Bénin, Lomé, Togo.
- GRP-CCDRM SCHOLARSHIP AND RESEARCH SUPPORT
The scholarship and research support will normally be provided following the criteria below:
- Enrolled students will be required to maintain a graduate level Grade Point Average (GPA) of B to keep their scholarship;
- During the course curriculum phase, students will be required to develop a detailed research
programme, including budget;
During the project/research stage, students are expected to present their progress reports regularly and be evaluated accordingly.
Research funds and stipends will be made available to students after approval of their research budget by their advisor/supervisor and by WASCAL.
- OUTLINE OF THE GRP-CCDRM PROGRAMME
CCDRM students will read the subjects listed below.
|Common courses||Course title : climate change and disaster risk|
|Statistics and Geostatistics|
|Atmospheric Science and West African Systems|
|Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and|
|Core curriculum||Climate hazards and disaster prevention|
|Climate change, migration and conflicts|
|Introduction to public and environmental health /|
|climate disaster and public health|
|Research methodology/proposal writing/proposal|
|GIS and remote sensing and modeling approaches|
|Social science methodology|
|Ocean, climate change and pollution|
|Post disaster management|
|Disaster risk management/adaptation measures|
|Sustainable development: application to human|
- RESEARCH PLAN PREPARATION
Successful candidates will write a research plan during the curriculum phase.
Field Work: The field work can be done inside or outside Togo, depending on expertise (supervisor), availability of equipment and accessibility to relevant data.
Final Write up and defense: The revision and editing of the final version of the dissertation will be done at Université de Lomé. Equally, the dissertation defense will take place at Université de Lomé.
- APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND CONTACT
Candidates may apply directly at the GRP – CCDRM, Université de Lomé. All required documents should be sent via e-mail to Professor Kouami KOKOU’s secretariat: [email protected] and copy to [email protected] and [email protected]
- PUBLICATION OF THE SELECTION OUTCOME
Université de Lomé, in collaboration with the GRP-CCDRM Advisory Board, will shortlist candidates. The selected candidates will be interviewed. The selection interview is mandatory for the final selection of candidates. Definitely, one candidate will be selected per country.
Successful candidates will then submit a hardcopy of the application package at GRP-CCDRM secretariat.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS