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Interested PhD and post-doc researchers should send their application documents by e-mail (1 single pdf-file, max. 3 MB) to Contact. Please include in your application:

    • curriculum vitae (2 pages max.);
    • cover letter (1 page);
    • brief statement explaining your motivation to participate and what you can contribute to CMRA2021’s transdisciplinary, problem-solving oriented group work (1 page);
    • contact information of two references;
    • scan of PhD degree or proof of enrollment in PhD studies.

Applications can be made in English or French. The application language will be used to place selected candidates in project and tutorial groups.

Since we aim to have a good representation of women and men in the course, we strongly encourage you to indicate your gender in your application.

Applications will only be considered when sent to Contact. Closing date for receiving applications is July 1st, 2020.



If you have any questions please contact Dr. Heidi Webber (Contact) or Dr. Nadine Worou (Contact) with cc to Contact.


Target Group

Current PhD students & postdocs with an academic background in crop physiology; agronomy; agricultural engineering; soil science; environmental science, or similar with experience working with smallholder farmers in semi-arid West Africa are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be West African or German nationals, or currently study in Germany and conduct research in West Africa. Preference will be given to candidates with experience using modelling tools, or in applying quantitative methods in regions with significant climatic risks for agriculture such as the Sahel and Sudan-Savanah regions.



Travel costs, visa fees (if required), food and accommodation will be covered for successful applicants.

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