Full PhD and Post Doctoral Scholarships for East Africans

Egerton University in collaboration with International Institute of Ceoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC, Netherlands) invites applications for the following scholarships in the Academic Year.

Full Scholarships: Five (5) Ph. D. and One (1) Post Doctoral Positions Available for Nationals from East Africa

These scholarships are offered under the research project "EOIA: An Earth Observation- and Integrated Assessment approach to the Governance of Lake Naivasha" is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research under the WOTRO -Global Science for Development Programme.

The project will be implemented jointly by Egerton University (Kenya), and the International Institute of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC, The Netherlands) and the University of Twente (The Netherlands).

Collaborating partners are the University of Nairobi (Kenya), University of Leicester (UK) and the University of Bournemouth (UK).

The research aims at enhancing sustainability in management of water resources and the environment using Lake Naivasha as a pilot case and adopting Integrated Assessment approach to generate lessons and best practices which can be replicated in other catchments in Kenya and in the East Africa region.

In the framework of this project 5 PhD candidates will be recruited for the following projects.

  • Quantifying the effect of landuse change in upper catchments of Lake Naivasha on water quantity and quality of the Lake - Tenable at ITC/Twente
  • Impact of expgenous and endogenous changes on limnology, fisheries and piscivorous birds - Tenable at Egerton University Kenya
  • Hydrological impacts on terrestrial fringe biodiversity-Tenable at ITC/Twente
  • Water governance - Tenable at University of Nairobi
  • Socio-economic linkages - Tenable at ITC/Twente

    The project also offers 1 Post Doctoral Position

    The candidate for this position will take up the challenge to integrate the results from the five sub-projects and build the Integrated Assessment framework.

    Requirements and Modalities:

  • The positions 1, 3 and 5 are PhD positions for 4 years at ITC with a Doctoral Degree awarded by the University of Twente.
  • Position 2 entails a PhD position for 4 years at Egerton University with an internship at ITC. Doctoral degree awarded by Egerton University.
  • Position 4 entails a PhD position for 4 years at University of Nairobi with an internship at ITC. Doctoral degree awarded by University of Nairobi.
  • Candidates should be nationals of East Africa and hold a Master of Science/Arts degree from a recognized university.
  • All candidates will spend approximately two years in the Netherlands and two years in Kenya and are co-supervised by the research consortium. Candidates who are below 45 years are preferred.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates for position 1, 2, 3 should have a strong background in Engineering and Environmental Sciences, and preferably with knowledge of modeling and earth observation as well as earth sciences.
  • Candidates for position 4 should have a strong background in (environmental/ecological) economics.
  • Candidates for position 5 should have a strong background in public policy and administration, and capable of closely collaborating with more technical and economic researchers.
  • Candidates have a period of 6 months to fully develop their research proposals and qualify for the graduate programme.

    The appointment will be for a period of four years and the fellowship awarded to the successful candidates comprises:

  • Medical insurance.
  • Waiver of tuition fees.
  • Limited resources for research materials and logistics.
  • Monthly Personal Maintenance Allowance While at ITC-The Netherlands: Single-status hotel accommodation will be provided

    Deadline: 15th June

    For more information and application, visit: Full PhD and Post Doctoral Scholarships for East Africans Website