Friday, May 29, 2009

Full Scholarships for East African Students in ITC, The Netherlands


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 main stakeholders in the project are Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), Lake Naivasha Growers Group (LNGG), Lake Naivasha Riparian Organisation (LNRA), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and the World Wildlife Fund ? East Africa Regional Programme Office (WWF?EARPO), all based in Kenya.

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. Major inputs to the assessment include participatory processes and physical and economic models combined with data derived from remote sensing techniques.

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

1. Quantifying the effect of landuse change in upper catchments of Lake Naivasha on water quantity and quality of the Lake ? Tenable at ITC/Twente

2. Impact of exogenous and endogenous changes on limnology, fisheries and piscivorous birds – Tenable at Egerton University Kenya

3. Hydrological impacts on terrestrial fringe biodiversity?Tenable at ITC/Twente

4. Water governance – Tenable at University of Nairobi

5. Socio?economic linkages – Tenable at ITC/Twente

For a detailed description of the project interested candidates may consult

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 subprojects and build the Integrated Assessment framework. Applicants, not necessarily African, with a strong background in multidisciplinary modelling and systems integration may contact the PI’s /coordinators on this position.
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.

From all candidates a broad and multidisciplinary attitude is required.

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 month 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

All candidates interested in the announced positions have to apply online at

The closing date of the application is 15 June 2009.

ONLY shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview either in Kenya or by teleconferencing.

Further information can be obtained from the PI’s:


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

International Master in Social Policy Analysis, Luxembourg

Deadline: 15th June 2009 for EU citizens, 31st May 2009 for other citizens
Open to: Finished 4 years of University with a sufficient knowledge of statistics and research methods

Funding: Merit and need based scholarships still available

CALL FOR APPLICANTS for the International Master in Social Policy Analysis by Luxembourg, Leuven and Associate Institutes (IMPALLA)

Academic year 2009-2010

Thanks to the political and financial support of the Prime Minister and of the Minister for Education of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, CEPS/INSTEAD launched in 2002 the IMPALLA program, an advanced and innovative academic one-year master program in social policy and research.

In order to guarantee the academic standards of the IMPALLA program, CEPS/INSTEAD has made a joint venture agreement with the University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Belgium) as key partner. The IMPALLA program leads to an advanced Master Degree issued by the K.U. Leuven where the IMPALLA students are registered as regular students.

Meanwhile also the Universities of Nancy 2 (France), Tilburg (The Netherlands) and Luxembourg are part of the organizing network.

IMPALLA academic program has three major objectives:
- to offer a solid theoretical foundation in comparative socio-economic policies, at the European level and beyond
- to provide a thorough training in advanced research methodology
- to give a well-founded expertise in policy evaluation

We are looking for applicants with the following profile:

· outstanding students who have finished 4 years of University with a sufficient knowledge of statistics and research methods.

· interested in social policy and wanting to specialize in theoretically driven empirical research.

· willing to study in an inspiring international environment both individually and in groups.

Complementary information concerning our IMPALLA program, including the application form, can be found on our website.


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