Apply for Postdoctoral African Fellowship in Hydro-Economics! Sustaining Growth through Water Security

Deadline: 11 September 2017

The Reach Programme is seeking applications for its Postdoctoral African Fellowship in Hydro-Economics to provide an early career researcher an opportunity to develop their career in water security in Africa. The focus of this Fellowship aligns with the REACH Observatory, Sustaining Growth through Water Security.

This Fellowship provides the recipient with an opportunity to develop their academic career in water security and in partnership with the REACH programme. Their research will promote the co-production of effective tools and technologies relevant for and adopted by policy makers, practitioners, civil society organisations and enterprise.

Proposals are sought for independent research that will align with the core REACH programme, and help us deliver improved water security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with current REACH researchers and partners to consider how their relationship with the programme might operate.


  • Resource Sustainability – increasing climate variability and extremes pose unprecedented risks for managing surface water and groundwater sustainably for the competing needs of people, industry, agriculture and the environment.
  • Inclusive Services – major advances in increasing water access to the poor are now advancing a global drive for universal water services. The shift from ‘access’ to ‘services’ is a major step requiring significant improvements in monitoring systems and institutional regulation to ensure reliable, safe, affordable and physically-accessible water services are available
  • Sustainable Growth – extensive evidence illustrates the macro-economic role of growth from agriculture or enterprise to lift people out of poverty. However growth can increase inequality or damage water systems with external costs paid by less powerful groups or future generations.

Funding Information

Funding available for this project is subject to a maximum £60,000 for the entire period.

Eligibility Criteria

  • These Fellowships are intended for early to mid-career academics and researchers. Applicants must be nationals of a Sub-Sahara African country and should hold a PhD at the time of application.
  • Applications from PhD candidates will not be considered. ‘Early to mid-career’ is defined as within
  • 10 years of completion of a PhD at the time of application; however career breaks can be taken into account and should be made clear in the CV.
  • REACH partners are eligible to be host institutions.
  • Each host institution must be able to demonstrate that it:
    • has internal controls which provide reasonable assurance that the use of resources is consistent with all relevant laws, regulations, and award terms; and
    • is able to safeguard resources against waste, loss, and misuse; and will obtain, maintain, and fairly disclose reliable data in reports.

How to Apply

Eligible Applicants can apply via given websites.

Eligible Countries: Angola, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan or Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Postdoctoral African Fellowship.

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