3 PhD positions for African students in vegetation modelling, social-ecological modelling and remote sensing - application deadline 26.2.2019

We offer three potential PhD positions to South African/African graduates who are interested in applying for a four-year PhD scholarship from the DAAD. The planned starting date for the positions is June 2019 and each position is subject to approval of a specific funding programme offered by the DAAD.

At the start of the PhD programme, a four-month training course in German language will be offered in Germany. The anticipated start of the PhD project would be October 2019.

In addition, we will offer individually tailored training opportunities in methodological and transferrable skills, as well as regular meetings with other PhD candidates, and opportunities to present your research at international meetings and conferences.

Each project will be co-supervised by a team of researchers from Germany and South Africa.


Basic requirements for candidates are:

• You have completed or are about to complete your M.Sc. degree before beginning of the year 2019 with excellent grades;

• You are African (preferably South African, Angolan or Namibian nationality, but other African nationalities will also be considered on a case-by-case basis) and not currently living in Germany;

• You are fully committed in spending four years at German academic institution(s) to complete a PhD degree;

• You have a high level of competence in oral and written English (German is a plus) and are able to produce scientific written outputs of a high standard.

• You have availability and motivation to develop and submit a research proposal for a funding application by the deadline of the 17th of March 2019 (for additional detail, see here).


Furthermore, we expect that:

• You are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary topic related to climate change in Southern Africa and communicate your results at local and international meetings;

• You are able to take your own initiative, work independently, and manage your time well;

• You have scientific curiosity, are open to new ideas and have a strong motivation to learn new approaches and techniques and develop your skills;

• You have a positive, flexible approach and enjoy working as part of a multicultural team


Application instructions: Interested candidates are asked to submit their CV, including publications list, a brief (approx. 1 page) personal motivation letter and an initial research plan (2-3 pages, explaining your scientific approaches to the project in question) to project coordinator Mari Bieri (mari.bieri@thuenen.de) preferably by email as one single pdf file.

Note that deadline for the tentative applications is 26th of February 2019.

You can also direct any questions regarding the application process directly to Mari.

To read the description of each position, click on the position headings on the left-hand panel.