Applications are invited for:
– 2 fully funded Masters scholarships, registered at UNIVEN. The scholarships are for 2 years each (research Masters only).
South Africa faces considerable challenges adapting to climate change. While the research capacity and evidence base focused on climate change impacts is strong, the existing evidence base for adaptation and capacity to apply this knowledge is less well developed. There is therefore a need to generate new research evidence to support adaptation, and to build the adaptation community of practice across government, universities, NGOs, CBOs and the private sector. The SAF-ADAPT project aims to respond to these challenges.
The South Africa / Flanders Climate Adaptation Research and Training Partnership (SAF-ADAPT) project is funded by the Government of Flanders, and is a 4.5-year collaborative project between three South African universities (UCT, UFH and UNIVEN), KLIMOS, a consortium of six Belgian universities, and the SA Adaptation Network, a community of practice of adaptation researchers and practitioners spanning civil society, government and academia. It aims to fill critical adaptation research gaps and enhance the capacity of South African universities and individuals, especially early career researchers, to generate and communicate research evidence for impact, and build the capacity of those tasked with climate adaptation to deliver on their mandates.
SAF-ADAPT scholarships are available to Masters students whose research interests relate to these topics, and particularly the following core themes: locally-led adaptation, urban and/or rural climate resilience, social safety nets, food and/or water security, nature-based solutions, disaster prevention, economics and financing of adaptation, climate change and health, sustainable housing, land-use change and ecosystem services, risk vulnerability assessment, adaptive capacity and the limits to climate change adaptation.
The research will be place-based, with a focus on one or more locations in the Limpopo provinces of South Africa.
There may also be opportunities for training through summer schools, co-supervision between universities and exchange grants.