IUCN Call for 10 Masters Scholarships in West Africa

Masters Scholarships in West Africa

The objective of this IUCN call for Masters Scholarships in West Africa applications is to select ten (10) recipients of Master’s level training fellowships in order to contribute to strengthening the skills of protected area management staffs or to increase the availability of expertise in the field within West African States.

3. Profile targeted

Candidates will be required to :

 Justify an executive position within a protected area management team or in the forest administration. For students, justify an academic course in line with the targeted Master’s degree;
 Hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree 1 or equivalent in Environment, Geography, Planning and Management of Protected Areas, Agronomy or in a related field allowing them to enrol in the targeted Master’s degree 2.

4. Selection criteria for eligible Master’s degree

The Master proposed by the student must:

 Be accredited by CAMES or by the certification mechanism of the country in which it is issued ;
 Focus on an area related to the management of protected areas, the protection of biodiversity, the fight against environmental crime or ecological monitoring.

5. Students’ eligibility criteria

Students will be required to:
 Provide a proof of enrolment in a Master’s programme (M1 or M2) related to the areas
specified above at the time of awarding the scholarship;
 Provide a proof of at least 5 years’ professional experience or a university degree in the
field of the environment;
 Be nationals of a country on the following list: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte
d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania,
Niger, Senegal, Togo and Sierra Leone;
 Be able to demonstrate adequate co-financing if the cost of the training exceeds the
amount of the scholarship.

6. Application file

Candidates are requested to submit their application package containing:
 A letter of acceptance to a Master’s programme that meets the eligibility criteria (or a
request for enrolment in a Master’s programme with the understanding that proof of
enrolment will be requested before the final award of the scholarship) ;

 A cover letter ;
 A detailed CV ;
 A copy of the required diploma certificate ;
 A copy of the transcripts of the Bachelor (L1, 2 and 3) and Master (M1) degrees;

A research topic that will be addressed during the final internship of the Master’s degree as well as the recommendation of a qualified lecturer or researcher to supervise and coach the work;
 Details of the additional financial contribution, if required. Letters of acceptance or certificates of enrolment in the Master’s programme (M1 or M2) must mention the date of the targeted start of the academic year. Offers received may be evaluated before the closing date depending on the targeted start dates.

Scholarships will be awarded to beneficiaries on the basis of an assessment of :
a. The relevance of the Master’s programme and the end-of-course internship project against the objectives of the project ;
b. The relevance of the professional experience against the protected areas management issue.
Applications must be sent no later than 15 June 2020 at 23:59 (UTC-GMT) :

Either by deposit in closed envelopes with the mention “MASTER SCOLARSHIP _IUCNGouvernanceRegionale_LAST NAME Firstname ” ” To be opened only during evaluation sessions ” at the IUCN-PACO Regional Office located in Ouaga 2000, behind the Total Station Ouaga 2000, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
 Either by email in a single file in PDF format (to be named as followed: MASTER- _SCHOLARSHIP_IUCN-Regional-Governace_LAST NAME_First name) to the following
address paco@iucn.org. Subject “Regional Governance of Protected Areas : MASTER SCHOLARSHIP”

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