South – South PhD Sandwich Scholarship 2014, Germany

Sunday, July 21, 2013


The Food Security Center (FSC) awards up to four visiting Sandwich scholarships to PhD students from developing countries for a period of six months in 2014.

The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship for conducting PhD thesis related research studies and hence adding value to the PhD thesis and contributing to the mission of FSC.

For research collaboration, each successful candidate will work with the research staff of one of FSC’s partner universities or an other research center or development organization located in a developing country (e.g., one of the centers of the CGIAR) to conduct a specific research project con-tributing to the mission of FSC and relevant to her/his PhD thesis. Funding for research is expected to be provided by the applicant’s and/or supervisor’s institute and/or other organizations. The objective of the research collaboration is to write at least one joint, peer-reviewed journal publication or paper to be presented at an international conference that contributes to FSC’s mission and that is relevant to the PhD thesis.

Successful candidates are expected to present their research proposal, state of research and preliminary results in the related seminars in the hosting research institute. Participation in teaching and training activities on a limited scale, if possible, is desired.

Interregional South-South collaborations (e.g., from Africa to Latin America, or from Latin America to Asia) are encouraged in particular.

Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutes through an interactive alumni-network.

The scholarship is awarded for a stay at a partner institute, research center, or development organization located in a developing country. The monthly grant is 500 Euros. In addition, FSC pays for traveling to/from the partner institute. Health insurance and other costs must be paid for from the stipend.

Required skills

The applicant must provide proof of:
•    outstanding study performance in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues with a minimum MSc grade of 2.5;
•    working on doctoral studies at her/his home institute by the time of application and by the time the scholarship program commences;
•    latest academic degree completed no more than 6 years prior to start of scholarship
•    agreement on project proposal with host institute in the field of the own PhD thesis;
•    confirmation of support of the host institute in a developing country;
•    track record of knowledge in the proposed field of study;
•    plan to return to his/her home country / country of residence and institute;
•    excellent proficiency in oral and written English.

Furthermore, the applicant must:
•    be able to conduct innovative research;
•    have excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit;
•    be able and willing to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment with individuals from different scientific, societal and cultural backgrounds and with organizations from the public, private and civil society sector;
•    be available for the entire period of the research stay of 6 months in 2014;
•    be a national of a developing country according to OECD DAC list.

The deadline of application is August 15, 2013.


The Food Security Center (FSC) awards up to four visiting Sandwich scholarships to PhD students from developing countries for a period of six months in 2014.

The Center wishes to attract outstanding PhD students pursuing a career in academia or development collaboration. The scholarship aims at increasing their previously gained scientific knowledge and skills relevant to food security related issues. Successful candidates will receive a scholarship for conducting PhD thesis related research studies and hence adding value to the PhD thesis and contributing to the mission of FSC.

For research collaboration, each successful candidate will work with the research staff of one of FSC’s partner universities or an other research center or development organization located in a developing country (e.g., one of the centers of the CGIAR) to conduct a specific research project con-tributing to the mission of FSC and relevant to her/his PhD thesis. Funding for research is expected to be provided by the applicant’s and/or supervisor’s institute and/or other organizations. The objective of the research collaboration is to write at least one joint, peer-reviewed journal publication or paper to be presented at an international conference that contributes to FSC’s mission and that is relevant to the PhD thesis.

Successful candidates are expected to present their research proposal, state of research and preliminary results in the related seminars in the hosting research institute. Participation in teaching and training activities on a limited scale, if possible, is desired.

Interregional South-South collaborations (e.g., from Africa to Latin America, or from Latin America to Asia) are encouraged in particular.

Furthermore, FSC aims at establishing an active, long-lasting collaboration with the supported researchers and their home institutes through an interactive alumni-network.

The scholarship is awarded for a stay at a partner institute, research center, or development organization located in a developing country. The monthly grant is 500 Euros. In addition, FSC pays for traveling to/from the partner institute. Health insurance and other costs must be paid for from the stipend.

Required skills

The applicant must provide proof of:
•    outstanding study performance in agricultural, nutritional, natural, social, economic or political sciences, or related disciplines with specification on food security related issues with a minimum MSc grade of 2.5;
•    working on doctoral studies at her/his home institute by the time of application and by the time the scholarship program commences;
•    latest academic degree completed no more than 6 years prior to start of scholarship
•    agreement on project proposal with host institute in the field of the own PhD thesis;
•    confirmation of support of the host institute in a developing country;
•    track record of knowledge in the proposed field of study;
•    plan to return to his/her home country / country of residence and institute;
•    excellent proficiency in oral and written English.

Furthermore, the applicant must:
•    be able to conduct innovative research;
•    have excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit;
•    be able and willing to work well in an interdisciplinary, multicultural environment with individuals from different scientific, societal and cultural backgrounds and with organizations from the public, private and civil society sector;
•    be available for the entire period of the research stay of 6 months in 2014;
•    be a national of a developing country according to OECD DAC list.

The deadline of application is August 15, 2013.

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