2018-04-30 – 11:41h to 2018-06-01 – 17:00h

West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use, (WASCAL) is a large-scale research-focused Climate Service Center designed to help tackle severe challenges posed by climate change and thereby enhance the resilience of human and environmental systems to climate change and increased variability. It does so by strengthening the research infrastructure and capacity in West Africa related to climate change and by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries and Germany. The WASCAL Capacity Building Program through the Graduate studies program handle helps educate the next generation of scientists attain an intimate knowledge of different climate related issues in order to help the region develop suitable management strategies.  

WASCAL offers a visiting scholars programme to give qualified scholars an opportunity to work on research topics related to Climate Change adaptation and mitigation issues, to distill a publishable journal article from their recent research or to visit a laboratory abroad for data analysis.

Scholars will spend 2-3 months in an institution in Germany, at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States of America or Italy or International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy. During this time they will prepare one or more papers for publication on line in the WASCAL Capacity building working paper series, and present a seminar in their field of research at the host institution.

Selection criteria:
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
i)       Hold a PhD degree and be involved in active research in Climate Change thematic areas.
ii)      Be affiliated with an academic institution or research centre located in West Africa Africa;
iii)     Publications in refereed journals.
         We prefer applicants whose research overlaps with the current research programme of the host institution, but we remain open to proposals on all aspects of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation issues in West Africa.
Application Procedure
Applications should include the following:
i)      A letter stating what the applicant wishes to do while in a University in Germany, at NASA in the  US or at ICTP in Italy including proposed title(s) of paper(s) they intend to write and outlines if available;
ii)     Copy of any publication on Climate Change thematic areas;
iii)    Copy of their updated curriculum vitae.

Financial Assistance
Visiting fellows will be provided with a desk and computer, and with access to the internet and university libraries and laboratory. A modest stipend will be provided to cover the cost of a plane ticket and the cost of living while in Germany, US or Italy. The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.
Application procedure

Closing date for applications:  1st June 2018.

Selected applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up WASCAL’s offer two weeks after being contacted.

All applications should be sent by email addressed to:
Director of Capacity Building,
West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use,
Accra Office,
CSIR Office Complex, 6 Agostino Neto Road,
Airport Residential Area,
Accra, Ghana.
Email: capacitybp@wascal.org; adelegan.j@wascal.org,
Copy: weto.s@wascal.org; odame.g@wascal.org