The deadline for applications is Friday 6th December 2019

African weather/climate researchers and applied scientists, especially women, are invited to apply for Fellowships sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African SWIFT) project, led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

The SWIFT Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers & professionals to expand their experience and independence in African meteorological research and gain leadership experience. Successful applicants will become valued contributors of the African-SWIFT project, which aims to develop sustainable research capability in tropical weather forecasting to enhance the livelihoods of African populations, and improve the economies of African countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowships are open to early career researchers & professionals working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural sciences in the field of African weather prediction.

Fellowship applications must be aligned with the SWIFT research themes (See further details in the Fellowships Final Call document, below).

Applicants must be of Sub-Saharan African nationality, but may be based anywhere at the time of application.

Conditions of Appointment and Benefits

Fellowships must be between 12 and 18 months in duration.

The start and end timing of the fellowships is flexible within the following constraints: fellowships should begin between 1st March and 30th June 2020 and must end no later than 30th September, 2021; fellowships may be carried out as a split appointment, but must be carried out within the specified timeframe.

Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya. SWIFT fellows will be paid at a very competitive salary commensurate with that of an early career lecturer salary in the host country of the fellowship. In addition, fellows may also apply for additional funds to cover travel and related costs, Host Institute costs and research costs, within reasonable limits.

Application Process

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives of the SWIFT Programme. We anticipate that successful candidates will be notified by the end of January, 2020.

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