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Travel Grants for Early-career African Climate Academics

Travel Grants for Early-career African Climate Academics

Travel Grants for Early-career African Climate Academics

CAAST-Net Plus is offering 20 travel grants for early-career African academics to attend a workshop on developing research proposals on the topic of sustainable agriculture intensification. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Ghana’s Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) is hosting the event in Accra from 21-23 November.

It will include a two-day workshop followed by a half-day field trip.  


The workshop will provide targeted information and guidance for early-career African researchers with a professional interest in sustainable agriculture intensification.

It will pursue a predominantly training/workshop style and structure, with opportunities for researchers to work alone and in small groups to develop their own ideas, proposal and strategies.

We aim to gather a limited number of early-career researchers, to enable thorough and substantial group work on individual proposals.

In particular, speakers from the public, private and academic sectors will provide guidance on:

  • Identifying current research/knowledge priorities and gaps/needs regarding the uptake of sustainable agriculture intensification practices, as a means to adapt to climate change, as identified by speakers representing private sector, academia, civil society and local or regional policy-makers.
  • How to access relevant funding sources, where invited speakers will introduce both private and public funding sources and provide practical recommendations on how to access such funding.
  • Group-based sessions where participants can seek advice and receive coaching from the speakers on specific research ideas/proposals.

Background Info

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How to Apply for a Travel Grant

Participants should already have completed academic training on scientific research methods for climate change-related topics, preferably at PhD level or at Master’s level but with entrepreneurial work experience in the field.

The participants should, moreover, be able to bring specific research proposals or ideas to work on at the workshop, and these should be concerned with sustainable agriculture intensification.

Since these workshops are regionally focused, preference will be given to West African applicants, but not exclusively so.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact James Haselip (jhas[at] at the UNEP DTU Partnership.

Kindly provide a short description of the current or proposed research you would like to discuss at the workshop by filling out the attached template, and a motivation letter on why you would like to attend the workshop (maximum 1 A4 page), together with your CV.

The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is Friday 21 October 2016 at noon.

The selected proposals will receive a round of feedback in advance of the workshop from staff at UNEP DTU Partnership.

The selected candidates will be expected to prepare for the workshop by incorporating the feedback into their proposal to bring to the workshop.

CAAST-Net Plus can cover the travel and accommodation for a maximum of 20 early-career academics.

Template for Summarising Research Proposal

Title of research proposal






Methodology and analytical framework


Funding requirements / financial plan


CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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