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SPACES Scholarships for research in the field of Earth System Management

15.02.2017 - Press release

The SPACES Programme is offering scholarships for graduates, PhD candidates and Postdocs from Namibia and South Africa concentrating on Earth System Research. The grantees will be able to conduct a short-time research stay in Germany this year. The bursaries can include both financial as well as scientific support for individual research projects.

Since 2011, the SPACES (Science Partnerships for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes) Programme has offered several scholarships for short-time research stays in Germany aimed at graduates, PhD students and Postdocs from Namibia and South Africa. These scholarships are granted to young academics researching in the field of Earth System Management for the sustainable use of goods and services provided by the system. Ever since a total of 32 academics have been awarded with a scholarship as part of the SPACES Programme.

This year’s scholarships strive to consolidate the research generated in the past with future generations in the field of Earth System Management. Envisaged in the programme are cooperation with partners from research institutions and universities in the South African region and Germany, which is why the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) finances this special scholarship programme conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Well qualified graduates, doctoral candidates and postdocs from Namibia and South Africa wanting to join a SPACES research project may apply for this scholarship programme. Note: Postdocs must have completed their PhD in the last four years.

There are three types of scholarships obtainable, all with a research stay ranging between two and six months (between March and December 2017):

  • The first scholarship type is for students wanting to conduct research for their Master’s thesis in Germany. They receive a scholarship with the value of 750 Euro per month, as well as additional benefits such as a flat-rate travel allowance and health and personal liability insurance.
  • Secondly, PhD candidates from Namibia or South Africa who would like to do a part of their PhD research in Germany are supported. The academics that have been granted this scholarship are offered 1.000 Euro per Month, as well as the mentioned additional benefits.
  • The third scholarship granted is for Postdocs wanting to conduct a research project in Germany. They will receive a grant of 2.000 Euro per Month.

The selection of the candidates will be made by an independent selection committee consisting of experts in the relevant fields. The main selection criterions that will be considered are the compatibility of the proposal with the chosen SPACES project, the relevance and quality of the research proposal, the quality of the English language skills and of the latest academic degree.

If you are interested in applying for a SPACES scholarship make sure not to miss the application deadline, which is August 31, 2017. The DAAD portal will close at 24h00 CET. The research stay must end before December 31, 2017 and your application is only valid if all required documents have been submitted to the DAAD portal and by post. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Further information on application documents, procedure and location as well as contact and consulting can be found on the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) web page or under the following link.

SPACES Scholarships for graduates, PhD candidates and postdocs from Namibia and South Africa for Short Time Research in Germany 2017

More information on SPACES can be found here

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Founded in 1925, the DAAD supports the internationalisation of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. The DAAD funds bachelor, master and PhD programmes, as well as study courses.

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