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Call for PhD Scholarships applications: Agricultural Investors as Development Actors (AIDA)

SOKOINE UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE 

Ph.D. position announcement 2 PhD Scholarships Available – Call for applications 

Agricultural Investors as Development Actors (AIDA) 
Examining the development outcomes of foreign agricultural investments with respect to employment, land tenure security and water security 

Sokoine University of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen, and Makerere University, Kampala, is undertaking a collaborative research programme on Agricultural Investors as Development Actors (AIDA) with a focus on Danish agricultural investors. Taking Danish agricultural investments and their location in Tanzania and Uganda as the case and geographical starting point, the project examines the development outcomes of foreign agricultural investments at sub-national level for people living in and using land in their vicinity. In particular, AIDA focuses on the development outcomes with respect to employment, land tenure security and water security. The programme is funded through a grant provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA). 

As part of the AIDA programme, Sokoine University of Agriculture invites interested and qualified citizens of Tanzania, holding MA/MSc degree or equivalent) to submit their applications for 2 PhD positions. The successful candidates will be enrolled at the Sokoine University of Agriculture and supervised by a joint team of AIDA researchers from Sokoine University of Agriculture, DIIS and University of Copenhagen. The candidates will receive part of their PhD training at DIIS and at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The candidates will form a fully integral part of the AIDA research team. The successful candidates will receive a modest stipend throughout the 4-year period and all costs related to field work, PhD training-related travel and tuition fees will be covered through the AIDA programme. 

The positions are of 4 years duration, and will commence July 1, 2016 or soon thereafter. While undertaking field work in the same two to three geographic locations in Tanzania, the two successful PhD candidates will adopt each their specific thematic focus. The first PhD position (PhD1-SUA) will focus on the employment and wider economic outcomes of two to three (clusters of) selected Danish agricultural investments in Tanzania while the second PhD position (PhD2-SUA) will focus on the outcomes of the same two to three (clusters of) selected Danish agricultural investments with respect to land tenure security and water access. On this basis, the successful PhD candidates will contribute to the overall research objective of identifying the factors which enhance positive development outcomes of foreign agricultural investments. 

The detailed description of the AIDA research programme is available at www.diis.dk/aida as well as at the homepage of www.suanet.ac.tz 

Eligibility 

Successful candidates are required to: 
 Hold a master degree in a field that is relevant to the announced position. 
 Be highly motivated to develop a scientific career. 
 Possess and demonstrate good scientific writing skills. 
 Have a strong methodological and conceptual background in relevant scientific disciplines. 
 Be a constructive and engaged team worker. 

Applicants should be aged no more than 35 years for men and 40 years for women at the time of application. 

Application process 

Potential applicants are invited to prepare 2-3 page concept note (maximum 1,500 words) which, with reference to the selected PhD focus (please select from above), outlines the more detailed focus for the proposed PhD project as well as the research assumptions and questions. Applicants, who wish to apply for both PhD positions, should develop a separate concept note for each of the two PhD focus areas. Please make sure to clearly indicate which of the PhD positions you apply for. 

In addition to this concept note, the application should be accompanied by a CV, including a list of publications as well as names and contact details of a 2-3 academic references. 

Deadline for application is June 01, 2016; at 10 AM Eastern Africa Time (EAT). 

The application should be submitted online to Dr Mutabazi (khamaldin2011@gmail.com) with copy to Dr Evelyne Lazaro (lazaroa55@yahoo.co.uk) and Dr Helle Munk Ravnborg (hmr@diis.dk). 

The applications will be evaluated by an assessment committee consisting of researchers from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Makerere University and DIIS. 

Only short-listed candidates will be notified. Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be conducted by the assessment committee in Morogoro between June 13 and 15, 2016, and the final selection will be undertaken soon thereafter.

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