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Research Scholarships for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries

Research Scholarships

for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries

Research Scholarships

for visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries

to conduct research at the Universität Hohenheim
(“South – North Research Scholarships 2014”)

The Food Security Center (FSC) is a university center of excellence in development collaboration at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. FSC is one of five excellence centers of the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation”, which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany. FSC’s mission is to make effective and innovative scientific contributions in research, teaching, and policy advice to eradicate hunger and achieve food security in collaboration with partner research and education organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and national and international development and research organizations. Thematically, FSC’s activities deal with issues of sustainable food availability, food access, food use, and food utilization.


Description of South – North Research Scholarship 2014

FSC seeks up to three visiting postdoctoral researchers from developing countries for a period of four months in 2014. The Center wishes to attract young innovative professionals. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. The successful candidates will collaborate with the research staff of the relevant institute of the University of Hohenheim to conduct a specific research project, which is in line with the work at their home institute and at the same time to contribute to the mission of FSC.

Funding for research is expected to be provided by the applicant’s and/or supervisor’s institute and/or other organizations. The objective of the collaborations is to write at least one joint, peer-reviewed publication. Candidates should present their research work at the University’s seminars, lecture series and/or workshops. They are also expected to engage in teaching and training activities at the graduate and/or postgraduate level.

Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutes through an interactive alumni-network.

The scholarship is awarded for a stay at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. The monthly grant is EUR 1,000 for junior postdoctoral researchers and EUR 1,990 for senior post-doctoral researchers. Travel costs to/from Stuttgart will be covered. Health insurance and other costs must be paid for from the stipend.

Required skills
The applicant must provide proof of:
•    outstanding study performance in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues with a minimum MSc grade of 2.5;
•    PhD degree in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues;
•    latest academic degree completed no more than 6 years prior to start of scholarship
•    track record of knowledge in the proposed field of study;
•    plan to return to his/her home country / country of residence and institute;
•    excellent proficiency in oral and written English.

Furthermore, the applicant must:
•    be able to conduct innovative research;
•    have excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit;
•    be able and willing to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment with individuals from different scientific, societal and cultural backgrounds and with organizations from the public, private and civil society sector;
•    be available for the entire period of the research stay of 4 months in 2014;
•    be a national of a developing country according to OECD DAC list.

Application

Besides the application form, the documents indicated in the application form are required for the application. All application materials must be submitted in English.

Applications will only be accepted, if the research proposal is based on one of the research themes suggested on the “List of research themes” from FSC’s webpage.

The deadline of application is January 19, 2014.

FSC will confirm the receipt of all (complete) applications (i.e., if an application is not complete or not in the described format, FSC will not consider it and will not confirm receipt of the application).

The selection of the candidates will be in the beginning of February 2014, the scholarship program will start anytime after February 2014, based on the agreement between supervisor of the hosting institute and the scholar.
All accepted applications will be selected according to the following criteria:
1.    Fulfillment of announcement criteria (cf. “required skills” and “application”);
2.    Quality of proposal and project feasibility;
3.    Fulfillment of demands (e.g. of hosting institutes or emerging from collaborations with (devel-opment) organizations).

The selected applicants will be contacted no later February 28, 2014. Please be aware that FSC will contact only successful candidates. 

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