Funding Opportunities in Africa 2020

Foundation SUEZ Grants

The Foundation SUEZ Grants programme aims at improving the living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion and social harmony.

The vocation of the Fondation SUEZ is to combat exclusion by favouring inclusion and consequently sustainably improving the living conditions and autonomy of persons via access to essential services, social insertion and social harmony.

The Fondation SUEZ supports concrete actions in favour of:

  • Access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for disadvantaged populations in developing countries;
  • The insertion of vulnerable populations thanks to employment and training in France;
  • Social harmony through education, culture and sport, in France.

This workspace enables you to submit applications to receive support and financing for your projects from the Fondation SUEZ.

 

Before submitting your project application, please refer to the information below.

 

  • Requests for support and financing can be submitted at any moment,  but will be processed according to the following schedule:
  • Project applications received before 31/10 will be presented at the Board of Directors Meeting in April, depending on the results of their initial assessment.
  • Project applications received before 30/04 will be presented at the Board of Directors Meeting in October, depending on the results of their initial assessment.
  • This workspace has the objective of optimising the application submission process by providing you with a step-by-step guide enabling you to describe your project using a series of pre-formatted  “forms”;
  • To check the eligibility of your project, please refer to the Fondation SUEZ selection criteria.
  • At every stage / on every screen of your financing request application, precisions and online help are available to help you to best describe your project.
  • You can save your project application at any time in order to add to it, amend it, modify it as much as necessary prior to submission; all of the information added before submission can only been viewed by yourself.
  • Re-read your project application carefully prior to its submission. Once it has been submitted online, the project assessment and selection process is launched; an e-mail confirming the receipt of your application will be automatically addressed to you, along with a summary of the information inputted and a project identification number. From this moment, it will no longer be possible to modify information.
  • The submission of applications to request financing from the Fund, or any possible exchanges with the Fonds team, have no influence on the subsequent decisions taken by the Fondation SUEZ whose choices are made independently.

 

The Fondation SUEZ structures its actions according to a set of basic principles:

  • The active implication of the populations concerned, which constitutes the first step towards achieving their autonomy,
  • The reinforcement of knowledge and expertise, via awareness-raising and training for all of the stakeholders: populations and local players,
  • The sustainability of the projects,
  • Support for innovation,
  • A joint commitment with partners, according to a relationship based on mutual respect, a listening ear and joint development.

 

Applications follow a three-stage selection process:

1. Pre-selection

The Fondation team examine applications according to a set of technical, financial, geographical, operational, time- and governance-related criteria…

2. Assessment

The applications selected are transferred for the opinion of 4 experts, members of Group personnel, who, on a voluntary basis, use their expertise to assess the projects in keeping with project eligibility criteria (see above).

3. Decision

Pre-selected projects are submitted to the Fondation’s decision-making bodies for selection and final approval. These bodies then vote on whether or not to provide financing and/ or expertise to support a project. A partnership agreement is then signed, and a referent is appointed among the people having assessed the project. He or she participates in project monitoring alongside the Foundation team (reports, meetings, assessment mission…)

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Fertilizer Research And Responsible Implementation

Balanced fertilizers are essential for sustainable agricultural intensification, certainly so on the African continent. Widespread adoption of appropriate fertilizers requires a transformation of the fertilizer and food systems that must be driven by evidence-based agrotechnical perspectives embedded in multi-stakeholder processes to create enabling conditions for adoption.

This public-private program “Fertilizer Research and Responsible Implementation (FERARI)” will be conducted in the Northern regions of Ghana and integrate 1) an on-the-ground implementation program to develop the fertilizer value chain and 2) transdisciplinary research by sandwich PhD’s and Postdoc’s.

The program will, among others, interact with the Ghanaian Agricultural Programs, programs from the lead institute IFDC, and programs of other directly and indirectly involved institutions, to reach impact at scale. The graduates will be supervised by promotors from Wageningen University and co-supervised by scientist from IFDC, the University Mohammed VI Polytechnique in Morocco and various Ghanaian Universities.

We are looking for 5 candidates for a Sandwich PhD program on four different disciplinary areas that will intensively interact to conducts the outlines research in direct collaboration with on-the-ground implementation activities. There is a strong preference for, and priority given to candidates from Ghana and Morocco to apply.

 

About UM6P:

 

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P, https://www.um6p.ma/en) is an international higher education institution, established to provide research and innovation at the service of education and development for Morocco and the African continent. It has a state-of-the-art campus at the heart of the Green City of Benguerir, near Marrakesh. UM6P’s research approach promotes transdisciplinary and entrepreneurship spirit with an emphasis on international collaboration. This research program is conducted by the Agriculture Innovation and Technology Transfer Center (AITTC) of UM6P, in collaboration with IFDC, Wageningen University, and various Ghanaian Universities.

The major client of UM6P is the OCP group (http://www.ocpgroup.ma/en/home), a world leader in fertilizer production, providing capital and research funds to the University. In parallel, a new portfolio of clients is growing, with the development of an R&D cluster around the University and a growing number of international partnerships.

 

About IFDC :

 

IFDC (https://ifdc.org/) is a public international organization, governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing countries. Since 1974, IFDC has focused on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in over 100 developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. The organization’s collaborative partnerships combine cutting-edge research and development with on-site training and education. IFDC has contributed to the development of institutional capacity building in 150 countries through more than 700 formal training programs, primarily as part of IFDC’s long-term agricultural development projects. Demonstration plots, farmer field schools and in-field trainings have assisted millions of farmers in developing countries.

 

 

About Wageningen University :

 

Wageningen University & Research (https://www.wur.nl/en/wageningen-university.htm), is the only university in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’, by working closely together with governments and the business community. Wageningen University’s research and education are based on a fundamental scientific approach and accordingly strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through the close collaboration between different fields of expertise including both natural and social sciences. The University’s mission is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.” The top quality of research at Wageningen University is crowned with the university’s position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain.

PhD 1: Analytical framework for fertilizer recommendation

PhD1 will focus on developing, applying and validating a Machine Learning model for yield prediction in Ghana. The innovative aspects are in the implementation of tailor-made Machine Learning models for agronomic applications. These shall include crop and site-specific fertilizer recommendations in terms of amounts, composition and application method. Prior to the model development, PhD1 shall be involved in the collection and compilation of yield and covariate data in a harmonized database. This is the groundwork required for subsequent sub-projects and will involve evaluating various data sources and publications on usable data, using the network of project partners to obtain datasets, harmonizing the data and checking their accuracy. The validation of the model shall be carried out in Northern and Brong Ahafo Regions of Ghana. The selected candidate must have a background in data science with experience in agronomy and soil science.

 

PhD 2: Effects of fertilization on productivity and nutritional quality of crops

PhD2 will focus on understanding the effects of fertility management through a range of fertilizer and organic inputs in a legume-cereal rotation and relay intercropping arrangements on crop and field productivity and nutritional value of produced grain (human nutrition) and straw (animal feed or soil organic matter as appropriate). The scientific innovation will be in enhancing our understanding of how blends including macro- and micro-nutrients can best be targeted in cereal-legume systems for enhanced food system and economic benefits at household level. The work is essentially experimental using on-farm, but researcher managed trials and analyzing the outcomes through a combination of statistics and process-based models to elucidate both effect sizes and variability and possible underlying causes. The successful candidate for this position has a background in crop physiology or crop science and training in quantitative approaches and systems analysis.

 

PhD 3: Socio-technical fertilizer interventions on farm productivity

PhD 3 will evaluate and experiment with socio-technical intervention in fertility management

focus on the farm management practices with respect to crop-soil fertility strategies and fertilizer application. The analysis integrates agronomic effects (e.g. nutrients balances, crop performance, weed control) and social effects (e.g. labor allocation, skill and knowledge requirements, costs and benefits). The analysis will be done for farms included in the government programs in Northern Ghana and Brong Ahafo, providing farmers with ‘balanced fertilizers.’ The sample will further consist of several farms where fertility experiments are applied (PhD 2). A baseline will be created from existing baseline data and several ‘control’ farms (not involved in the government program and experiments). The study will make a further analysis of outcomes in the short (the same year) and medium term (adaptation, adoption, rejection in the first two years after the intervention) and create a model (terms of reference) for a long-term impact analysis (5-10 years). The successful candidate for this position has a background MSc in agronomy or crop science with proven training in social science subjects or an MSc in social science with proven training in agronomy or crop science.

 

PhD 4: Socio-economic factors enhancing sustainable agricultural intensification

It is increasingly being realized that sustainable agricultural intensification in large parts of Africa requires enhancing farm productivity through integrated soil fertility management as well as promoting high value agricultural product chains and development of the rural non-farm economy. The aim of this PhD research is to improve the understanding of socio-economic factors that play a role in sustainable agricultural intensification in Northern Ghana. Research questions will center around farmers’ choices for fertilization packages, bottlenecks and institutional arrangements in the fertilizer value chain, and income sources of farmers. Answers to these research questions will be provided through a combination of (official and grey) literature study, econometric analyses of data collected through a large-scale farm household survey, one or more experiments (e.g. on improved storage methods) and a conjoint experiment among smallholders living in different parts of Northern Ghana. Expected output consists of four publishable papers which will form the core of a PhD thesis.

 

PhD 5: Social differentiation and interdependence in soil fertility systems

This PhD project investigates the relations between investments in soil fertility and diversity within and between farming communities. As part of this, it explores the technical and social interdependencies that shape whether or not and how different types of farmers are willing and able to invest in soil fertility. Based on such understanding, the project sets out to test and evaluate the efficacy of newly designed social arrangements in enhancing investment in soil fertility. Finally, the PhD projects examines whether and how current how current research, extension and policy interventions in Ghana address key constraints and barriers to investment in soil fertility, and how these may be re-oriented to increase their likely impact.

 

Scholarship

Selected candidates will benefit from a full scholarship through the University Mohamed VI Polytechnique for a sandwich program at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

 

Applications must include :

  • A cover letter indicating how the profile of the candidate match with the required position
  • A detailed CV.
  • Contact information of 2 references

Application Deadline : March 15, 2020

Applicants :  Available to applicants from Ghana or Morocco only.

 

Required Skills

A completed MSc in one of the following:

1) Soil science and statistical modelling using machine learning methods

2) Agronomy and crop modelling, socio-technical fertilizer interventions at farm level

4) Agricultural economics and/or

5) Agricultural sociology.

 

Required Experience

  • Affinity with quantitative methodologies, modelling and handling large data sets for PhD’s 1 and
  • Affinity with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in economics and social sciences for PhD’s 3, 4 and 5.
  • Strong motivation to address the challenges in the FERARI program,
  • excellent communication skills (written and oral) to interact among PhD candidates and with stakeholders in the value chain are essential ingredient to succeed in a dynamic environment.
  • Affinity with teaching and working with (BSc and MSc) students is desired as well.

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Nanyang Scholarship (CN Yang Scholars Programme)

The Nanyang Scholarship (CN Yang Scholars Programme) is awarded to outstanding freshmen in science and engineering fields. The CNYSP nurtures future leaders at the interface of science and engineering, with a focus on technological innovation and scientific communication.

Empowered by a strong science and engineering training, the programme curates multidisciplinary courses in mathematics, research, making-and-tinkering, internship, and global learning to prepare students to lead in the next phase of technological evolution.

Scholars will embark on this unique journey that truly embraces the spirits of innovation, persistence and social capital, allowing them to make an impact in a diverse range of careers they wish to embrace in the future.

Please read the information below before submitting your application. If you’re short-listed, be sure to leave a great impression at the scholarship interview.

Eligibility

  • Open to all nationalities.
  • Successful awardees should be on the CN Yang Scholars Programme.
  • Possess outstanding Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level, Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore, NUS High School Diploma, IB Diploma or Year 12 equivalent qualifications.
  • Excellent co-curricular records.
  • Strong leadership qualities and potential.

Benefits

The scholarship covers up to the normal programme duration on condition that the scholarship holder maintain a record of good academic performance and exemplary conduct.

  • Full coverage of subsidised tuition fees (after Tuition Grant).
  • Living allowance of S$6,500 per academic year.
  • Accommodation allowance of up to S$2,000 per academic year.
    (Applicable to scholarship holders who reside in NTU hostels only.)
  • Travel grant of up to S$5,000 for an overseas programme subject to terms and conditions in the Travel Grant Form.
  • Computer allowance of S$1,750 (one-off).
  • The CN Yang Scholars Programme offers:
    • Guaranteed four years of stay in NTU halls of residence
    • Guaranteed overseas exchange for one semester
    • Guaranteed overseas final year research project with coverage for airfare, accommodation, meals, insurance and visa fees
    • Opportunities for research attachment from year one onwards and to attend an international conference with subsidy
  • No bond is attached to the Scholarship apart from the three-year bond applicable to all Singapore PRs and international students under the MOE Tuition Grant Scheme.

Terms and Conditions

  • The scholarship will be terminated if you are no longer on the CN Yang Scholars Programme.
  • Scholarship holder must not, without the approval of the University, hold concurrently any other scholarships, bursaries, university loans or awards.
  • Scholarship holder is required to maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 over 5.0. Academic performance will be reviewed every semester.
  • Scholarship holder is required to take on the role of student ambassador, or any other similar role, representing the university to give publicity talks, to receive guests, etc, as and when called upon to do so.
  • The scholarship may be withdrawn at any time if, in the opinion of the University, the scholarship holder’s progress or behaviour is deemed unsatisfactory.
  • If the scholarship holder decides to terminate the scholarship prematurely, a repayment will be imposed.

How to Apply

The same application period for admissions applies. Scholarships are awarded based on competition amongst shortlisted candidates.

Applicants are required to submit their application for admission before submitting their application for scholarship.

Applicants with the following qualifications:
Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level
Diploma awarded by a polytechnic in Singapore
NUS High School Diploma
IB Diploma

  1. The scholarship application form can be found at the link ‘Apply for Scholarship’ at the end of your online application for admission. You are required to login with the application number assigned to you.
    If you have reserved an undergraduate degree programme in NTU, please login here to access the scholarship application form.

      • As part of completing the form, a Personal Essay of not more than 300 words is required. The 3 topics you may write on are shown in the scholarship application form.
  2. Applicants are required to submit the following after completing your application form:
    • upload a recent passport-size photo (digital image).
    • submit a referee’s appraisal online. The appraisal is to be completed by your school teacher, who must not be your family or relative. After you have submitted your scholarship application, you will be provided with a URL to be forwarded to your school teacher. When you are passing the link to your teacher, please inform him/her of your NTU application number and Date of Birth, as he/she will need the information to submit the appraisal online.Your school teacher is to complete the online appraisal form and submit it within 7 days of your scholarship application.  If your teacher is not able to submit it online within 7 days and needs more time, please inform him/her to submit as soon as possible (preferably not more than 2 weeks from your date of scholarship application). Note that only one appraisal may be submitted online to support your application.

Applicants with Year 12 equivalent results:

  1. Click here to apply for the scholarship with your assigned application number before the application closing date for that qualification. The scholarship application period is the same as the admission application period. Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.
      • As part of completing the form, a Personal Essay of not more than 300 words is required. The 3 topics you may write on are shown in the scholarship application form.
  2. After completing your application form, applicants are required to submit the following:
    • upload a recent passport-size photo (digital image).
    • submit a referee’s appraisal online. The appraisal is to be completed by your school teacher, who must not be your family or relative. After you have submitted your scholarship application, you will be provided with a URL to be forwarded to your school teacher. When you are passing the link to your teacher, please inform him/her of your NTU application number and Date of Birth, as he/she will need the information to submit the appraisal online. Your school teacher is to complete the online appraisal form and submit it within 7 days of your scholarship application.  If your teacher is not able to submit it online within 7 days and needs more time, please inform him/her to submit as soon as possible (preferably not more than 2 weeks from your date of scholarship application). Note that only one appraisal may be submitted online to support your application.

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Global Sustainable Electricity Partnerships Scholarship 2020

Who’s eligible?

To be eligible for this scholarship, prospective applicants must:

  • Undertake master’s-level studies in the fields of zero-carbon energy, smart grids, electric transportation, energy storage, advanced electricity technologies, public policy, economics, law, political science, or other relevant fields.
  • Pursue full-time studies for at least one full school year (two or three semesters), beginning in autumn 2020. Students in the second year of a two-year program are eligible to apply, provided that they meet this requirement.
  • Be a citizen of a developing country/territory on the List of official development aid recipients identified by the Development Co-operation Directorate (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Be committed to returning to their home country after their studies to contribute to its development
  • Be an outstanding student
    • Graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of their class
    • Is committed to sustainable energy development
    • Has a history of community involvement
    • Is determined to advance their knowledge and understanding

Supporting studies in developing countries

With the aim of supporting developing countries in building local expertise, GSEP will allocate a share of its scholarships to students pursuing master’s studies in universities based in developing countries.

 

What are the required documents?

You must provide an electronic copy of all the documents listed below.

  • Passport (photo page only) or birth certificate
  • Curriculum vitae detailing your education, work experience (if applicable), awards, and participation in volunteer and/or extracurricular activities
  • Admission letter from your university program of choice
    • Upload a copy of your official letter of admission from the university. Please note that each applicant can only submit the admission letter from their top choice of university program.
    • If you have not yet received a letter of admission, you can upload an acknowledgement of receipt from your university showing that you have applied for admission
    • If you receive your official admission letter after the scholarship application deadline, it is your responsibility to forward it via email to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by no later than April 17, 2020. If we do not receive your official admission letter by this date, your application will not be considered
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year program, please include proof of enrollment, as well as a copy of the official letter of admission. These should be uploaded together in one document.
    • If the language of your original admission letter is not English, we require a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) letter. These should be uploaded together in one document.
  • Program outline
    • Upload an outline of the curriculum or the courses you will be taking for your master’s program
    • If the language of the program outline is not English, we require a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) program outline. These should be uploaded together in one document.
  • University transcript(s)
    • Upload a copy of your complete university transcript(s)
    • If the language of your original transcript(s) is not English, we require a certified translation of the document which includes the name of the translator as well as a copy of the original (untranslated) transcript. These should be uploaded together in one document.
    • If this application is for the second year of a two-year master’s program, please include your transcript for your first year
  • Academic Reference Form
    • You need to provide a completed copy of the Academic Reference Form. The form must be completed in English.
    • The form must be completed by a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities
    • Should the referee wish to send the Academic Reference Form directly to the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, they can email it to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by March 6, 2020. If received, it will be indicated in the online application system after you submit your application.
  • Academic or personal reference letter
    • You need to provide one reference letter from either an academic or personal referee
    • The reference needs to be in letterform (with official letterhead of the referee’s organization, if possible), written in English, and must be dated and signed by the referee
    • An academic referee must be a faculty member or professor at your current or previous university who knows your academic abilities. They cannot be the same person as the individual who completes your Academic Reference Form.
    • A personal referee should be a person (e.g. employer, supervisor, mentor, coach) who can discuss other personal qualities or interests that make you specially qualified to receive the scholarship. This referee cannot be a family member
    • Please make sure that the referee includes your full name in their letter
    • Should the referee wish to send their letter directly to the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, they can send email it to scholarship@globalelectricity.org by March 6, 2020. If received, it will be indicated in the online application system after you submit your application.

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Adobe Design Circle Scholarships 2020

Eligibility

The Adobe Design Circle Scholarships 2020 is open to students who will be pursuing undergraduate college/university studies during the 2020-21 academic year. Applicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited college/university degree or certificate program.

Applicants do not need to be accepted into an undergraduate program at the time of application, but if selected for a scholarship, proof of acceptance will be required before scholarship funds can be sent.

While there is no minimum grade requirement to apply for this scholarship, an applicant’s academic and extracurricular record must show the potential to succeed in a college/university program in their intended field of study.

Selection of Applicants

he application will close at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on March 12, 2020. A complete application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • A personal written or video statement of approximately 500 words or up to three minutes in length
  • An estimate of your expected tuition and fee expenses
  • Two reference letters. The letters must come from non-family members who knows you well – for example a teacher, instructor, professor, employer/work supervisor, advisor to an extracurricular club, etc.
  • High school transcript issued by the school (for applicants from the United Kingdom or Commonwealth countries, A level, O level, GCSE, or BTEC results are also acceptable)
  • College/university transcript issued by the school, if applicable
  • Portfolio of up to three examples of your design work. Your portfolio can consist of links to websites you have built and/or links to third-party sites where you have uploaded your work (examples of third-party sites include Behance, YouTube, DailyMotion, Imgur, Dropbox, etc.).

Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed. Falsifying or plagiarizing any portion of your application is grounds for automatic disqualification.

Selection of Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Achievement and potential in design field, with an emphasis on product, experience and digital design
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and ability
  • Personal character, commitment and potential to use design for positive social change
  • Clearly expressed financial need to support educational goals
  • Career and academic goals in line with stated scholarship objectives
  • Compelling references

Notification of Selection Results

Adobe will send notifications to all applicants informing them of their application status (awarded or not awarded) in May 2020. Recipients will need to submit verification of their admission to and enrollment in a recognized post-secondary institution in order to receive their scholarship awards. Scholarship recipients who are not able to produce proof of enrollment may be passed over in favor of an alternate candidate.

Additional Scholarship Information

Duration of Scholarships

Scholarships can be renewed for up to four years or until completing your undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Scholarships are renewed each year pending academic progress.

Scholarship Benefits

Design Circle Scholars are eligible for up to U.S. $25,000.00 per academic year for required tuition and fees*. The exact amount of each scholarship will be determined by several critical factors including:

  • the Scholar’s expected financial need
  • the location of their college/university
  • the type of college/university (state university, private university, etc.)

Tuition amounts vary greatly from country to country, and Scholars attending college/university in countries with higher tuition costs will receive larger scholarship awards. Every effort will be made to cover most, if not all, of each Scholar’s required tuition costs. However, please be aware that some scholarship recipients, specifically those attending higher cost universities in the United States, may not have their full financial need met by this scholarship if the cost exceeds U.S. $25,000.00 per academic year.

In addition to receiving the scholarship, the Design Circle members will offer a variety of mentorship opportunities to the scholarship winners, such as shadowing, internships, workshops, networking, among others. This will help strengthen the impact of the scholarship, while providing real-world experience to the scholarship recipients during their education.

*Barring extreme cases, the calculation of tuition and fees will not include room & board.

Payment of Awards

For scholarship recipients studying at a U.S. college or university, a check will be sent directly to your educational institution. Scholarship recipients attending a non-U.S. higher education institution will receive their scholarship payment either by check or wire transfer.