2021 Admissions into PhD programme in Climate Change and Water Resources (DRP-CCWR)

Call for Applications

(Full Scholarship Available)

The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) is a large-scale research-focused program designed to help develop effective adaptation and mitigation measures to climate change and increased variability. The program strengthens the research infrastructure and capacity related to climate change in West Africa through collaboration with eleven West African countries including Benin, in cooperation with Germany.

WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners. WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its 11 West African member countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

WASCAL’s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. We do this through capacity building support to young West African scholars in fields of climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in member countries.

The Doctoral Research Programme on Climate Change & Water Resources (CC&WR) of University of Abomey Calavi in Republic of Benin is one component of WASCAL. The programme deals with water related issues in West Africa, in a Changing Climate context.
Hence, the programme is designed to find local and adapted solutions to the water challenges this region of Africa faces. It also takes into account the international approaches that makes a graduated student very eager to propose solutions to any water issues worldwide.
What makes the CC&WR doctoral programme a very unique one is the relevance of the modules taught and the quality of the lecturers, both nationally and Internationally. Through the present call, the DRP Benin is launching its fifth doctoral trainingprogram on Climate Change and Water Resources for the academic year 2021-2025.

This Doctoral programme is made of:

  • Four months of English language courses for Francophones at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana;
  • Four months of French language courses for Anglophones at the University of Lomé in Togo;
  • Six months of joint PhD courses related to climate change and water resources at

University of Abomey Calavi;

  • A trip to WASCAL Competence Centre in Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou) for research and data processing;
  • A six-month scientific trip to Germany or elsewhere in Europe, America, Asia or Africa if sponsored;
  • Field and / or laboratory research for at least three academic years.

NOTE: Full 11 scholarships are available; in addition, 9 fee paying students will be accepted.

Eligibility conditions

  • Must be a citizen of WASCAL member countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo)
  • Must hold a Master’s degree with the Second Upper Class at least in one of the following fields or any other related fields:

Mathematics, Physics, Water Sciences, Soil Sciences, Sciences of the atmosphere

 Application form and deadlines for sending by email

The application to be sent to the following addresses: lawin.e@wascal.org, imel0206@yahoo.fr, and copy capacitybp@wascal.org
Must consist of:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • A certified copy of each university degree;
  • certified copy of the transcripts of each university degree;
  • A thesis project to be refined during the six months of doctoral courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or researchers (grade associate professor or senior researcher at least);
  • A written commitment – by fees paying students- to pay registration and training fees in case of selection;
  • A commitment to be available for the duration of training

Deadline for applications: June 30, 2021.

The Director

Professor Julien ADOUNKPE

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