CLIFF-GRADS Scholarships 2020 for PhD students from developing countries in Agriculture & Climate change mitigation (12,000 USD in funding)

Application Deadline:1st April 2020

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are pleased to announce that the Round 4 of the CLIFF-GRADS programme is now open!

Fifty-four exciting research opportunities in livestock, soil, rice, modelling and agroforestry are available this round.


 To be eligible for the CLIFF-GRADS Programme you must be currently enrolled in a PhD Programme, studying in a developing country and from a developing country. You are ineligible to apply if you have previously received a CLIFF-GRADS grant.

Students from developing countries currently enrolled in PhD programmes in developing countries are invited to apply for short-term scientific research stays for training on topics related to the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and/or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (this may be in the context of enhancing food security).


Selected students will be sponsored $12,000 USD for a 4-6 month research stay.

Application deadline and notification: 

The deadline for applications is the 1st April 2020. You may only submit one application, please ensure you have prepared the necessary documentation when you begin your application. Successful applicants will be notified in June 2020.

Selection criteria: 

The winning candidates will be selected based on the following three criteria:
i) overall level of research experience,
ii) relevance of PhD thesis topic or other research experience, and
iii) clarity of description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve your scientific capability and contribute to your career.

Application instructions and required documentation: 

CLIFF-GRADS is a very competitive scholarship. We are unable to consider applications that do not meet the exact application requirements. Therefore, please read the student call for applications carefully to ensure that we do not disregard your application.

There are 54 CLIFF-GRADS research stays being advertised in this call. After reading the call document you must be prepared to list up to three research visits for which you wish to apply, in order of preference, before beginning this application form.
You may access the call document here: 

You will be unable to submit your application form until you have uploaded a single merged PDF document that includes the following:
i) your motivation letter as per the call document guidelines,
ii) a single page research CV, and
iii) a letter of support from your PhD research supervisor.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CLIFF-GRADS Scholarships 2020


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