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Climate, Food and Farming � Global Research Alliance Development Scholarship (CLIFF-GRADS) Program 2019

The CLIFF-GRADS Global program invites applications from eligible students for the Climate, Food, and Farming – Global Research Alliance Development Scholarship (CLIFF-GRADS) Program 2019.

It is a short-term (4-6 month) scientific training and research on the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems.

The Programme:
Research will be conducted in association with CCAFS and GRA scientists’ projects. Applications are requested on either of two themes:

  • Measurement and mitigation of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions or carbon storage in agricultural systems in developing countries, including in the context of enhancing food security;
  • Quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss in high emission supply chains (e.g. dairy, beef, vegetables, fruits) in developing countries, including estimation of costs and constraints to mitigation.


Students from developing countries who are currently enrolled in PhD research related to agricultural greenhouse gas quantification or mitigation are eligible to apply.

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CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security’s (CCAFS) Low Emissions Development Flagship and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). CLIFF-GRADS integrates the Global Research Alliance Development Scholarship and the Climate Food and Farming Research Network with the common goal of providing grants to PhD students in developing countries to expand their knowledge and experience in quantification of agricultural greenhouse gases. Research projects are hosted by CCAFS and GRA members and partners.... read more


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CLIFF-GRADS PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of CLIFF-GRADS PhD Scholarship

Selected students will be sponsored in the amount of 10,000 -12,000 USD.


Requirements for CLIFF-GRADS PhD Scholarship Qualification

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled PhD students in a field related to quantification of greenhouse gas emissions or carbon sequestration in agricultural systems
  2. Applicants must be students from a developing country
  3. Previous CLIFF-GRADS grantees are not eligible to apply

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Interview date, Process and Venue for CLIFF-GRADS PhD Scholarship

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.  You may submit your application by email to [email protected]. Please also contact this email address for any questions regarding the CLIFF-GRADS scholarship programme.

Applicants will be selected based on three criteria:

  1. Overall research qualifications,
  2. Relevance of thesis topic or other research experience to the research opportunity to which the student is applying, and
  3. Clear description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capacity.

Documents Required for Application

Applications must be in English and include the following documents merged into one PDF file:

  1. 1-2 page motivation letter (described below)
  2. 1-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact details
  3. Letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your current host university


Application Deadline

September 30, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security on www.surveymonkey.com to apply

To have their application reviewed, applicants must complete the CLIFF-GRADS Student Application online survey and submit the necessary documentation as described below to [email protected].

The motivation letter, which must be no more than two A4 pages, must include the following:

  1. Your name, citizenship and the country where you are conducting your graduate study
  2. The objectives of your graduate research
  3. The specific research opportunity (number and title) to which you are applying (see list below). If you are interested in more than one research opportunity, please list your preferred research opportunities (up to 3) in order of preference.
  4. Your qualifications to conduct research on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture or soil carbon storage in agricultural systems, as relevant to the research opportunity for which you are applying
  5. A description of how scientific training with CCAFS/GRA scientists will improve your graduate research and contribute to your career.


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