CLIFF-GRADS: Inviting applications for ‘short-term scientific training and research on the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems’.

Funding brief: The CLIFF-GRADS program invites applications for short-term (4-6 month) scientific training and research on the measurement and management of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage in agricultural systems. Students from developing countries who are currently enrolled in PhD research related to agricultural greenhouse gas quantification or mitigation are eligible to apply. 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.

A list of research opportunities available to students is here. The grants can be used to support living and research costs at the host institution and the grant amounts have been determined based on living costs estimated by the institution. Grants may not be used for tuition, university fees or unrelated personal expenses.

Funding name: Climate, Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) and GRA Development Scholarships (GRADS)

Deadline: 30th, September, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

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

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

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

Criteria: Applicants will be selected based on three criteria:
Overall research qualifications,
Relevance of thesis topic or other research experience to the research opportunity to which the student is applying, and
Clear description of how the CLIFF-GRADS experience will improve the student’s scientific capacity.

Eligible Country: Applicants must be students from a developing country.

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Guideline (CLIFF-GRADS 2019 Round 1 Student Call for Applications): Click to view
Survey: Click to view

How 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

Applications must be in English and include the following documents merged into one PDF file:
1-2 page motivation letter (described below)
1-page curriculum vitae that includes your contact details
Letter of support from your PhD supervisor at your current host university

Motivation letter
The motivation letter, which must be no more than two A4 pages, must include the following:
Your name, citizenship and the country where you are conducting your graduate study
The objectives of your graduate research
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.
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
A description of how scientific training with CCAFS/GRA scientists will improve your graduate research and contribute to your career.

Submission and process for selection
You may submit your application by email to Please also contact this email address for any questions regarding the CLIFF-GRADS scholarship programme.

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