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FREE Biodiversity Finance BIOFIN MOOC


Do you need to make a stronger business case for biodiversity conservation? Do you want to become more skilled at developing financially sound and politically feasible solutions to conservation and development challenges? Do you need to know how to develop an effective biodiversity finance plan? Do you want access to more tools to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance, and to conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals? We are offering a FREE seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Biodiversity Finance. It will be facilitated in English, French, Spanish and Russian, and will run from 15 April to 31 May 2019. The course is aimed at conservation planning and biodiversity finance practitioners and policymakers, but is open to everyone.



Biodiversity Finance MOOC highlights and outcomes:

  • Gain an overview of key issues related to biodiversity finance 
  • Interact with experts in national biodiversity finance from more than a dozen countries 
  • Join a world-wide network of biodiversity finance practitioners and policymakers 
  • Receive a certificate of completion from premier development institutions 
  • Take a deep dive into rich online lessons, webinars, assignments, finance solutions and discussions

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Week 1: Introduction to biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Week 2: Introduction to biodiversity finance
  • Week 3: Biodiversity finance policy and institutional review
  • Week 4: Biodiversity expenditure review
  • Week 5: Biodiversity financial needs assessment
  • Week 6: Biodiversity finance plan
  • Week 7: Implementing the biodiversity finance plan 

Learning objectives:By the time the course is completed, you will be able to:

  • Assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance;
  • Conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals;
  • Develop a biodiversity finance plan for most suitable finance solutions.

We invite you to watch this brief introductory video about the course! In it, leading biodiversity finance experts will greet you and explain how this course will help you see biodiversity in a different light. Learn how nature is also  a core component for economic growth, job creation, poverty reduction, an investment in national food security, water security, and climate resilience.


This course is offered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), in partnership with the UNDP Global Programme on Nature for Developmentthe NBSAP Forum, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Financial support is provided by the governments of the European Union, Flanders, Norway, Germany and Switzerland, and the GEF.


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Commonwealth Forestry Association – Young Forester Award 2020 launched

The Commonwealth Forestry Association’s commitment is pleased to announce the launch of the CFA Young Forester Award2020 in conjunction with the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

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 The CFA Young Forester Award provides a short-term work placement of three months hosted by the University of British Columbia at their Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, between September and December 2020, where the successful applicants will be able to develop their practical skills.  The Award covers flights, accommodation, local travel, subsistence costs and a small bursary to cover the period of the placement.


Key focus

The 2020 Award will focus on forest wildlife management.  The two winners will assist in a research project focusing on mammal community dynamics in human-impacted ecosystems which will assist in the development of conservation strategies for human-wildlife coexistence.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a national of a Commonwealth country.
  • Hold a forestry qualification.
  • Be able to exhibit a genuine interest in forest wildlife management.
  • Be below 35 years of age on 1st January 2020.
  • Be able to travel to Canada and apply for a Canadian Study Permit.
  • Hold a valid driving licence.

Application process

The Application Form below should be completed and submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 15th 2020.  The following information must also be sent at the same time:

  • An essay of at least 400, but no more than 500, words explaining why you are applying for the CFA Young Forester Award.
  • A Curriculum Vitae/ Résumé of no more than two pages.

Short-listed candidates will undergo a Skype interview.

Please note that only applications that meet these requirements will be considered.

To download the application form, click here


Welcome to the College of Forestry,Wildlife and Tourism of Sokoine university of Agriculture, in Morogoro, Tanzania. The College has highly trained and competent staff in fields of forestry, wildlife and natural resources management in the country and within the sub-Saharan region. The college offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs with students coming from across the country, other African countries and beyond the continent.


Applications are hereby invited for admission into Higher Degrees at College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism (CFWT), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) for the academic year 2019/2020. Candidates for Master and PhD Degree programmes with course work are admitted once every year for an academic year that starts in October of each year. Candidates for PhD by research only may apply and be admitted at anytime of the year. Successful candidates will be notified immediately after consideration and approval is made and they will be expected to embark on studies in October, 2019. Candidates meeting the prescribed minimum qualifications are invited to apply for admission.

The following are the Master and PhD degree programmes tenable at College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism, Sokoine University of Agriculture:

Master Degree Programmes

  1. MSc. Forestry
  2. MSc. Management of Natural Resources for Sustainable Agriculture
  3. MSc. Wildlife Management and Conservation
  4. MSc. Ecosystems Science and Management
  5. MSc. Agroforestry
  6. MSc. Forest Resources Assessment and Management
  7. MSc. Forest Products and Technology
  8. MSc. Environmental and Natural Resources Economics
  9. MSc. Forest Engineering 

PhD Degree Programmes

PhD degree programmes by Research and Thesis are offered in all departments of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism (Department of Ecosystems and ConservationDepartment of Wildlife ManagementDepartment of Tourism and RecreationDepartment of Forest Engineering and Wood SciencesDepartment of Forest Resources Assessment and Management and Department of Forest and Environmental Economics). Applications for PhD by Research and Thesis are received throughout the year and studies can commence at any time of the year once admission is granted. 


Master Degree Programmes

  1. A candidate shall either hold an undergraduate degree with GPA of at least 2.7 of SUA or a qualification from an approved institution of higher learning with a GPA of 2.7.
  2. Candidates with Pass degree will be considered for admission if their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above.
  3. Candidates with Pass degree will also be considered for admission if they have satisfied the College Postgraduate Studies Committees that they have exhibited academic potential through extensive fieldwork/research experience of at least three years and/or additional professional development courses of duration of at least three months.
  4. Master degree programmes are tenable for two years for full time students. In the case of fulltime students, the first year is dedicated for coursework, while the second year is for research and dissertation writing

PhD Degree Programmes

Applicants for PhD programmes should possess Master's degree of SUA or relevant Master's degree of equivalent standing from another approved university   in the relevant field. Applicants should submit a research concept note along with the application documents. PhD studies by Research only are tenable for two and half to four years and for 3 to 4 years for studies by Research and coursework, respectively. The duration for part time students is a maximum of six years.


Candidates can apply for admission into SUA degree programmes through either of the two options

  1. Application forms can be downloaded from our website: Application forms can also be requested from the Director’s Office through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Such dully-filled forms can be returned physically or mailed to the undersigned together with evidence of payment of Tanzanian Shillings TZS 50,000/= or US$ 20 for international students as application fee (normal application submitted by 31st May, 2019) or TZS 80,000/= or US$50 for international students (for all late applications submitted after 31st May, 2019). Payments should be made through A/C NO. 0150076769860 CRDB Bank: Swift Code No CORUTZTZXXX.
  2. Online application through Make sure that all relevant academic and financial documents are attached before final submission is made. 


The deadline for applications are scheduled as follows:

  1. Normal application without penalty: 31st May 2019
  2. b) Late Application with penalty: 30th September 2019

In all programmes, female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

For further information, please contact

The Director,

Directorate of Postgraduate studies, Research, Technology Transfer and Consultancy

Sokoine University of Agriculture,

P.O. Box 3151, Chuo Kikuu,

Morogoro, Tanzania.

Telephone: +255 023-2640013,

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PhD Fellowships for Women Scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake PhD research in the Natural, Engineering and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

The call for applications is open. Deadline for submission: 30 May 2019.

Please note that an applicant, at the time of application, must NOT have an active research grant or fellowship with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)or have already submitted an application for a TWAS programme within the same given year. Only one application per year is possible across all TWAS and OWSD programmes. Applicants will not be eligible to visit another institution in that year under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes.

An exception is made for the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation awards (since applications are submitted by a nominator). In addition, the head of an institution who invites an external scholar to share his/her expertise under the TWAS Visiting Professor programmes may still apply for another programme.

Pour l'appel à candidatures en français, cliquez ici.

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The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

The general purpose of the fellowship programme is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology, and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries.

The specific aims of the fellowship programme are:

  • To improve access to educational and training opportunities in science and technology for young and talented women graduates from STLCs.
  • To increase the scientific productivity and creativity of women scientists in STLCs.
  • To empower a new generation of talented women to assume a leadership role in science and technology.
  • To encourage women scientists to contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries.
  • To enable women scientist from the South to collaborate and network on a regional and international level.


Candidates can choose between two study schemes:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country. The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. The minimum duration of the first visit is 6 months. The total number of months spent at the host institute cannot exceed 20 months. The funding period cannot exceed 4 years. OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.
  • The fellowship support is only provided while the student is on site, at the host institute.
  • The OWSD fellowship covers:

    • A monthly allowance to cover basic living expenses such as accommodation and meals while in the host country
    • A special allowance to attend international conferences during the period of the fellowship
    • A return ticket from the home country to the host institute for the agreed research period
    • Visa expenses
      • Annual medical insurance contribution
      • The opportunity to attend regional science communications workshops, on a competitive basis
      • Study fees (including tuition and registration fees) in agreement with the chosen host institute which is also expected to contribute

      The OWSD fellowship does not cover:

      • Bench fees and consumables
      • Support for language training, either before or during the fellowship programme
      • Support for shipment of research samples
      • Costs for personal computer or software purchase
  • Support for family members
  • Additional return tickets to the home country for personal reasons


1. Candidates must confirm that they intend to return to their home country as soon as possible after completion of the fellowship.

2. Eligible countries

The list of eligible countries is also available here.

Afghanistan Madagascar
Angola Malawi
Bangladesh Mali
Benin Mauritania
Bhutan Mongolia
Bolivia Mozambique
Burkina Faso Myanmar
Burundi Nepal
Cambodia Nicaragua
Cameroon Niger
Central African Rep. Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip)
Chad Paraguay
Comoros Rwanda
Congo Sao Tome and Principe
 Côte d’Ivoire Senegal
Dem Rep. Congo Sierra Leone
Djibouti Solomon Islands
El Salvador Somalia
Eritrea South Sudan
Ethiopia  Sri Lanka
Equatorial Guinea Sudan
Gambia Swaziland
Ghana Syrian Arab Republic
Guatemala Tajikistan
Guinea Tanzania
Guinea-Bissau Timor-Leste
Haiti Togo
Honduras Tuvalu
Kenya Uganda
Kiribati Vanuatu
Lao People’s Dem Rep. Yemen
Lesotho Zambia
Liberia Zimbabwe

3. Eligible scientific fields

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
  • Biological Systems and Organisms
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Neurosciences
  • Physics
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology

4. Eligible academic qualification

The minimum qualification is an MSc degree in one of the above listed study fields.

5. Eligible host institutes

  • Host institutes must be located in a developing country in the South (not the candidate's home country).
  • A list of recommended institutes is available here.
  • Other institutes, not included in the link above, will also be considered if they demonstrate appropriate resources and expertise.
  • Candidates should identify a host institute outside their home country. They can identify a further two host institutes if desired.
  • Candidates who are already on site in the host country will not usually be considered eligible.


We strongly encourage eligible applicants to start gathering all requested documentation as soon as possible; sometimes it takes weeks to receive all relevant letters.

1. PhD research proposal outline

  • Candidates must submit a PhD research proposal outline (max 2.000 words) which should be a summarized description of the PhD research proposal.
  • Guidelines for writing a good research proposal outline are available here.
  • Candidates are invited to study carefully these guidelines and ensure that their proposal is well structured and clear. The project proposal is given particular attention at selection.

2. Degree certificates and transcripts

Candidates must submit copies of:

  1. all university degree certificates; and
  2. all university-issued transcripts, indicating all courses and grades.

3. Curriculum Vitae

Candidates must submit their complete CV (including a list of publications, if available).

4. Preliminary acceptance letter

Candidates must submit a preliminary acceptance letter from at least one host institute.

  • The letter must be signed by the head of department or by the postgraduate studies coordinator.
  • The study starting date on the preliminary acceptance letter must be the year following the application (e.g. if you apply for a fellowship in 2018 the acceptance letter should indicate the starting date as 2019).
  • The sample available here must be used for the preparation of this document.

5. Letter of commitment

Candidates must submit a letter of commitment from the prospective host supervisor confirming that the host institute has the resources (e.g. bench fees, laboratory equipment) required to undertake the project.

  • The letter should also describe why the host institute is appropriate for the subject of study and confirm the supervisor’s interest in working with the candidate.
  • Guidelines for letter drafting are available here.

6. Reference letters

Candidates must submit two reference letters from senior scientists familiar with their work.

  • Guidelines for reference letter drafting are available here.
  • For SANDWICH candidates only: please note that the home PhD supervisor cannot be one of the two referees.

7. Passport

Candidates must submit a scanned copy of the passport page, which contains personal details (photo, document number etc.).

Candidates applying for a SANDWICH study scheme must, in addition, submit also the following documents:

8. Registration and No objection certificate

  • Sandwich candidates must submit the Registration and No objection certificate prepared by the home institute confirming that the candidate is a PhD registered student and that there is no objection to her studying at the chosen host institute abroad.
  • The certificate template can be downloaded here and must be completed and signed by the head/director of the home institute.

9. Supporting statement from home supervisor

Sandwich candidates must submit a supporting statement, prepared and signed by the home supervisor on letter-headed paper. The supervisor should:

  1. state that he/she is willing to support the candidate undertaking part of her studies at the host institute abroad; and
  2. describe how the research visit abroad will impact/benefit the candidate’s research project.

The online application system will only accept applications complete in all parts, including the required documents. All documents must be uploaded through the online application system. Do not email any document to OWSD unless requested.

The OWSD Secretariat reserves the right to judge an application ineligible if the answers and/or documentation do not correspond to the specific question asked (e.g. blank documents, false certificates, outdated reference letters).


The fellowships are highly competitive and selection is based on scientific competence and merit. The candidate’s project proposal is given particular attention.

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of eminent scientists, appointed and chaired by OWSD.

The Selection Committee’s decision is final and without appeal. It cannot be contested or subject to explanation or justification.

Only selected applicants will be notified.

If selected for an OWSD fellowship, kindly note that OWSD must be informed by the awardee of additional/supplementary grants, funds and bursaries that have been awarded in connection with her PhD research programme, specifying the donor, amount, duration and purpose of the grant (which costs are meant to be covered). Any breach of this rule could lead OWSD to cancel the fellowship. If the awardee is recipient of a significant grant, OWSD may decide to reduce the fellowship support accordingly.




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Researcher positions at the Aarhus university

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Researcher position in Marine Plastic Pollution 1022522

Is your focus of research on the area of marine micro plastic and macro plastic pollution and the effects on the environmental status of the marine environment? Do you have a strong academic profile and are you interested in contributing significantly to the development of the marine section and research of the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Campus Roskilde, in a researcher position?

Researcher positions at the Aarhus university

The position is available as soon as possible.

Your tasks
Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University invites applications for a 4 year research position within the topic marine plastic pollution with special emphasis on micro plastic.
The candidate’s research should focus on development, tests and applications of methods for sampling, processing, characterization and quantification of anthropogenic pollutant micro particles to increase our understanding of occurrence, fate processes and impact of plastic debris in aquatic environments with focus on Denmark and Greenland. The candidate will have access to a newly acquired FTIR spectrometer and will collaborate with other ongoing activities within the area. The candidate will join a research group of 5-6 scientists and technical staff and have close collaboration with scientists from other Danish universities within the newly established Velux-center “MarinePlastic”.
Your profile 
The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental sciences or engineering, marine ecology or a closely related field. Documented experience with spectroscopic identification of polymer materials as well as chemometric data analyses, preferably using MATLAB is a clear advantage.
Research and advisory activities at the department are project-driven with a solid tradition in cross-disciplinary research and strong team collaboration. Thus, we are looking for a candidate with proven collaborative skills and the ability to enrich the scientific environment in the Department of Bioscience.
The present job profile covers research as well as advisory activities. The research shall support the Department’s leading role in providing advice to the Danish and Greenland authorities on environmental issues, including regional sea conventions and European Union directives. Dissemination of research results to managers, politicians and other stakeholders is an important task in the position. 
It is also preferable to us that you have international experience. However, as a major part of our advisory activities are in Danish it is important that you acquire the Danish language both spoken and written within the first years, and relevant courses will be offered. It is also expected that you write and speak English fluently and have excellent communication skills.

The Department
The Department of Bioscience hosts research programs, teaching curricula and consultancy that cover all major biological sub-disciplines and we conduct world-class research in the areas of Aquatic Biology and Ecology, Arctic Environment and Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Genetics and Evolution, Microbiology, and Zoophysiology. The Department currently employs approximately 350 academic and technical staff and have around 75 PhD students and 500 BSc and MSc students. 
The Department has a unique research environment at top international level in the field of aquatic biology and ecology. Our competencies cover a wide spectrum, from the biology of organisms to modelling water and nutrient cycles from land to sea. Research focus areas include human impact on species, the environment and the global nutrient cycle, the effects of global climate change on biological, chemical and physical processes in and around the aquatic environment, assessment of water quality and ecological status and studies on effects of measures that can be used to manage and reduce the loss of carbon, nutrients and pollutants to the aquatic environment. The activities take place at a national and international level with main activities in Denmark and Northern Europe, including the Arctic.
The Department of Bioscience, Roskilde, plays a leading role in providing advice to the Danish authorities on environmental issues including implementation and assessment of marine EU directives. We are deeply involved in the national marine monitoring programme (NOVANA), responsible for developing and revising technical guidelines, sampling and analysis of hazardous substances in sediment and biota, nutrients in water and biological parameters. Finally, we are responsible for data reporting to national and international databases. We have easy access to all large environmental databases, covering both the Arctic and the North- and Baltic Sea.

What we offer:
The position is a full time position for four years as a researcher at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University Campus Roskilde (Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark). Our research builds upon a strong infrastructure including several smaller boats as well as the larger research vessel, Aurora. We also host a number of well-equipped research laboratories including ICP-MS, fluorescence spectrophotometer, GC-PFPD, HPLC, eDNA-facilities run by several lab technicians. 
The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with international university partners in the absolute elite and with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations with developed network activities among young scientists, and social activities. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. Read about the Danish work-life balance, special opportunities for junior researchers, and the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at

Further information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Head of Department Peter Henriksen (+45 87158557; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Head of Section Karsten Dahl (+45 87158566 /+45 21201970); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Application procedure 
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the assessment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. The selection is made on the basis of an assessment of who of the candidates are most relevant considering the requirements of the advertisement. All applicants will be notified within 6 weeks whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee and will receive his/her assessment. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. 

Formalities and salary range 
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. 

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. (in Danish). 

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

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PhD position to work on tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, at icipe

icipe is offering a PhD project working on the micro-lepidopteran moth of South American origin, the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, that represents the dominant and most serious pest of tomato.

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Tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta in Tanzania

For more information on icipe go to

For an offline version of this information please click here

Closing date for applications: 22nd February 2019

Any application received after this date will not be considered or acknowledged.   Kindly note that only successful candidates will be contacted.


Combating Tuta absoluta(Meyrick), an invasive pest of key Solanaceous vegetables for food and nutritional security

  • Agriculture is a vital tool for sustainable development in Africa. Specifically, horticultural sub-sector generates more jobs, with vegetable production providing market opportunities for smallholder growers. Tomato besides being both a subsistence and cash crop, is highly nutritious and provide good amounts of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Despite the socio-economic importance of this crop, it is constrained by numerous biotic and abiotic factors, ranking high among the former are arthropod pests, a problem that was further compounded by the recent invasion by Tuta absoluta. The pest causes yield losses of up-to 100% jeopardizing livelihoods of millions of growers. Furthermore, the pest has expanded its host range to some indigenous Solanaceous vegetables thus intensifying the problem in Africa.
  • The project is designed to address constraints due to T. absoluta through validation of EPF-based biopesticides, screening of endophytes and implementation of applications of proven IPM strategies to suppress the pest.
  • The PhD position is based at icipe’s Duduville Campus Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Funding: The PhD projects are funded through a research grant from the African Union Research Grants (AURG) and will be jointly supervised by scientists from icipe and the university in which the student will register. The scholarships will cover all costs of the PhD programme, including travel, living expenses, medical insurance, university fees and all research and training costs.
  • 3 year doctoral training by research; start: 1st April 2019
  • Successful candidates will develop a full proposal and register with a university after they commence their PhD programme at icipe.


  • Recent MSc graduate in Microbiology/Entomology
  • BSc degree in Biological Sciences, with a minimum of 2nd Class Upper division degree or equivalent
  • Should be a national of an African country
  • Maximum age of 35 years
  • Knowledge in chemical ecology will be an added advantage


  • The applicant must be a national of any country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Master’s degree completed less than ten years ago at the time of application.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a maximum age of 36 years (men) or 40 years (women) by 31st December 2019.
  • Completed application form and accompanying supporting documents must be submitted latest by 22nd February 2019.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.


    1. Download and complete the scholarship Application Form

      To download the Application Form as a doc file click here

      To download the Application Form as a docx file click here

    2. Then go to the online application platform by clicking here to add information and upload your completed Application Form and the following documents:
      • Curriculum Vitae (please use the Europass Format:
      • Certified copies of official university certificates and transcripts, and any other professional or academic certificates. Please combine into 1 file. If necessary, you may zip the file to make it smaller for uploading. For pdf files, can reduce the size using the online tool at
      • Copy of a signed recommendation letter from your employer (if currently employed) or University where MSc was undertaken. The letter must be on institute letterhead.
      • Close-up photograph in colour of your full head and upper shoulders
      • Copy of National ID
      • Copy of Passport biodata page (the page that has your picture and personal details)

Once you have entered and uploaded everything, click the Continue button. This will take you to the Review your Entries page where you can review and change anything in your application. When you are satisfied with your application, click the Continue button to submit your application. This cannot be undone, so please make sure all your application information is correct before submitting. We will send an email acknowledgement when we receive your completed online application.


  • DO NOT submit your application by email. Only applications and accompanying documents submitted online will be accepted.
  • It is highly recommended that you submit your application well before the deadline, especially if you commonly experience slow Internet speeds or frequent Internet outages.
  • It is also highly recommended that you reduce the sizes of your files as much as possible to make them easier to upload.
  • Accepted formats for documents: doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, rtf, zip, rar, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif
  • Maximum size for any one file is 5 MB.


Q: May I submit my application by email?

A: No. Only applications submitted through the online platform here will be accepted.

Q: I am over the age limit. May I apply?

A: Yes, you may apply. We prefer to select candidates who are within the age limits. However, even if you are beyond the age limit you could still be selected if your application is very strong.

Q: May I submit my application in French?

A: No. Your application must be in English.

Q: I cannot upload one of my files. What is wrong?

A: (1) Perhaps your file is too large. The maximum size for any single file is 5 MB. Please reduce the file size if it is too large. (2) Perhaps your Internet is too slow or intermittent. It is highly recommended that you reduce the sizes of your files as much as possible to facilitate uploading. Also, try uploading your documents when internet traffic is low e.g. at night. (3) Perhaps you are trying to upload a file that is not one of the accepted file formats (Accepted formats: doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, rtf, zip, rar, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif)

Q: I have already registered for a PhD at a university. May I apply?

A: No. Successful PhD candidates will develop their proposals and then register at a university after they start their work at icipe.

Q: I have completed all the requirements for my Master’s degree but I have not yet graduated. May I apply?

A: Yes you may apply. Instead of the Master’s degree certificate please provide a letter from the university stating that you have completed all the requirements for the Master’s degree.

Q: I submitted my application online, but I did not receive an email application. What is wrong?

A: There are two possibilities: (1) you entered an incorrect email address, or (2) You did not actually submit your application. Please read the Application Procedure very carefully and redo your application.

Q: I obtained my Master’s degree more than 10 years ago. May I apply?

A: No. The Master’s degree must have been completed less than ten years ago at the time of application.


In case of any questions regarding the application, kindly contact:

Ms. Vivian Atieno,

Capacity Building Officer,

Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme, icipe

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Tel: +254 20 863 2272


Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.

We look forward to receiving your application.


Tanzania Global Biodiversity Information Facility SUA 1

The course is organized by the project entitled “Establishing Metadata of Biodiversity Data Generated from Ramsar Sites in Tanzania” hosted in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism, Sokoine University of Agriculture. Facilitators of the course will be from Tanzania Biodiversity Information Facility (TanBIF) and Department of Ecosystems and Conservation SUA.

This part of the course aims to contribute to enhancing the capacity to plan and implement biodiversity data digitization efforts effectively and according to GBIF Standards. It will have a strong focus on the technical aspects of data mobilization — in particular everything related to the data lifecycle: planning, collation/collection digitization, management and online publishing in order to increase the amount, richness and quality of the data published through the GBIF network to enable biodiversity data holders to publish data in freely accessible formats for effective use of biodiversity data in conservation and socio-economic decision making. The event will have online and onsite components and both will have a strong practical approach including a significant component of group work.

  • Learn key concepts of biodiversity informatics, particular to biodiversity digital data management
  • Introduction to the Darwin Core Standard and its components
  • Learn to understand the different stages for planning a digitization project and how to adapt them to a specific project
  • Learn to identify the type of data and how to best digitize relevant information using best practices and existing tools and techniques
  • Learn the basic tools and concepts used for data validation and cleaning
  • Learn the process of making biodiversity data freely available online, also known as data publishing, utilizing GBIF’s Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT)
  • Learning outcomes
  • At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:
  • Develop a data mobilization strategy customized to a given institutional framework
  • Apply a model to build a data mobilization strategy and the associated digitization protocols
  • Evaluate a data mobilization strategy to identify potential gaps, inefficiencies and pitfalls
  • Apply a digitization protocol to produce digital biodiversity data from analogue sources
  • Use software tools designed to facilitate biodiversity data digitization
  • Apply data cleaning protocols to evaluate and increase the fitness for use of a biodiversity dataset
  • Use software tools to evaluate the fitness-for-use of a biodiversity dataset
  • Use software tools designed for (biodiversity) data cleaning
  • Apply a biodiversity data publishing mechanism
  • Define the publishable data types and subtypes (if any) for a biodiversity dataset
  • Use the GBIF IPT to publish biodiversity datasets using the appropriate extensions
  • Capacitate others in the digitization, management and publishing of biodiversity data

To make best use of the activities around this workshop, the participants should possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Basic skills in computer and Internet use, and in particular in the use of spreadsheets, databases, and tools for geographical data representation (e.g. Google maps, GIS software)
  • Basic knowledge about geography and biodiversity informatics: geography and mapping concepts, basic taxonomy and nomenclature rules, and basic knowledge about GBIF and other relevant initiatives working in biodiversity informatics
  • Willingness to disseminate the knowledge learned in the workshop with other partners by adapting the biodiversity data mobilization training materials to specific contexts and languages maintaining their instructional value

A maximum of 15 (fifteen) Participants will be admitted 

The project will cover mid day tea/coffee, lunch and refreshments during sessions ONLY

Workshop Dates
30th January – 1st February 2019

Mode of Application
Interested candidate are required to send motivation letter to indicate their relevancy and potentiality to undertake this course. Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Postgraduate students in Ecosystems and Natural Resources Management are highly encouraged to apply

Application Deadline
30th January, 2019

For more information please contact
Prof. PKT Munishi - Project coordinator 

Department of Ecosystems and Conservation,

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism,

PO Box 3010, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile phone: +2557 54 591 849

Mr. Paulo J. Lyimo

Department of Ecosystems and Conservation,

College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism,

PO Box 3010, Chuo Kikuu, Morogoro, Tanzania

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile phone+255 754 216031