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CLIFF -GRAD Scholarship 2020/2021 for PhD Students from Developing Countries in Agriculture and Climate change ($12000 in funding)


Deadline: 01 Apr,2020    Next term Starts:: 01 Jun,2020




The CLIFF-GRADS Programme invites applications from PhD students from developing countries for short term (4-6 month) scientific training and research on the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (this may be in the context of enhancing food security). Research will be conducted in association with CCAFS and GRA scientists.

In the first three rounds of CLIFF-GRADS, a total of 73 PhD students received grants, furthering their research skills and strengthening international agriculture emission research networks.

Eligibility and Criteria

Individuals applying for the Programme must be citizens of developing countries undertaking their PhD in a University in a developing country and must not have previously been awarded a CLIFF-GRADS grant. Women are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions Applicants’ must complete the CLIFF-GRADS Round 4 online application form and submit the following necessary documentation merged into a single PDF file. Applications must be in English and applications that are in any other language will not be accepted.

– 1-2 page motivation letter (described below)

– 1-page academic curriculum vitae (CV / Resume) that includes your contact detail

-Letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your current host university

Motivation Letter

Your motivation letter should be no more than two pages, and must include the following:

  • Your name, nationality and your PhD country
  • Objectives of your graduate research
  • The specific research opportunity or opportunities (up to 3) in order of preference to which you are applying (see list below). Please list the research stay name and number.
  • Your qualifications to conduct research on greenhouse gas emissions and/or soil carbon storage in agricultural systems, relevant to the research opportunity for which you are applying.
  • A description of how scientific training received under the CLIFF-GRADS Programme will improve your graduate research and contribute to your career.

Selection process

Successful applicants will demonstrate the relevance of their PhD research for the project to which they are applying. Successful applicants will be matched with a project and notified by email by late June, 2020. Applicants are selected based on three criteria:

  • overall level of research experience,
  • relevance of PhD thesis topic or other research experience to the CLIFF-GRADS objective, and
  • the clarity of description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capability and contribute to their career.


CLIFF-GRADS research stays are expected to be a maximum of 6 months. Students and research supervisors are welcome to extend the stay by mutual agreement if additional funding is available to support a longer stay.

Awards and Benefits

Grants of $12,000 USD will be awarded to PhD students from developing countries for research stays that will be completed before the end of 2021.

The deadline for Round 4 CLIFF-GRADS student applications is the 1st April 2020.

How to apply

To apply please click here