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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS - PhD SCHOLARSHIPS

09 April 2020

COASTAL COMMUNITY RESILIENCE TO CLIMATE AND DIARRHOEA (C2R-CD)

Background 

Global climate change is expected to severely impact human health in various ways, especially in poor and vulnerable communities that have low adaptive capacity. The relationship between climate change and health is, however, complex as many factors are interlinked and include mediating drivers such as ecosystem disruption, biodiversity loss and social and economic conditions. In Ghana, the increasing occurrence of waterborne enteric diseases has resulted in diarrhoea being among the top 10 Out Patient Department (OPD) cases. Coastal communities are highly vulnerable to both the disease and climate change.  The C2R-CD project seeks to understand how climatic and non-climatic factors interplay to advance diarrhoea in coastal communities, and model situations that will enhance overall community resilience.  The research will specifically explore the complexities and dynamics of diarrhoea diseases under various climatic, social and environmental scenarios towards co-developing innovative and effective resilience solutions with coastal communities. 

This transdisciplinary study will undertake research on:

  • Coastal systems with regards to the biophysical environment and climate change
  • Diarrhoea epidemiology in coastal communities
  • Social systems that influence transmission and management practices
  • Large complex data for predicting diarrhoea occurrence in the context of climate change and key non-climatic factors
Research Team

The successful candidates will join a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the following departments and institutions at the University of Ghana: Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, School of Public Health Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Development, Department of Sociology, Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, and Department of Physics.

There are also researchers from the Department of Bioscience Aarhus University, Denmark; and non-academic partners from Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana, and Peoples’ Dialogue for Human Settlements.   The teams’ expertise span areas of coastal processes, hydrology, marine biology, epidemiology, modelling, environmental biology, zoology, sociology and community development.

Details of Scholarship Package

The full scholarship, which is tenable within the University of Ghana, and at any of the above listed departments and institutions, shall cover tuition, research, monthly stipend and short stays in Denmark for the duration of the four-year PhD programme.  There will also be opportunities for enrolled students to participate in national and international conferences.

Eligibility

Potential students interested in applying should meet the following qualifications:

  • University of Ghana admission requirements for a full-time Doctoral programme
  • Academic background in one of the following areas: marine and fishery sciences, environmental science, sociology, behavioral sciences, public health, entomology, microbiology, mathematical sciences
  • Interest in trans-disciplinary work, but also able to work independently
Application Criteria
Interested applicants are required to submit the following documents:
  1. An application letter addressed to the Project Management Team
  2. A letter of motivation
  3. Two-page concept note (no more than 600 words) on how the candidate will address such a research from their background and perspective
  4. An up-to-date CV (maximum 2 pages) 
  5. A certified copy of full academic transcript (s) and certificate (s) 
  6. Two letters of recommendation from academic referees 

The application must be submitted electronically to C2RCD-Project@ug.edu.gh.  Short listed applicants will be called for an interview after which selected candidates will be asked to apply for the University of Ghana’s admission.

Application Deadline

Not later than 17 00 GMT of May 7, 2020.

Further Information

Applicants can contact the Project Administrator on C2RCD-Project@ug.edu.gh for further details.