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Call for Applications: MIASA Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on "Sustainable Rural Transformation"

The Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) offers Fellowships (Junior/Senior) at the University of Ghana from February to May 2020 on “Sustainable Rural Transformation”.

In its second call for short-term fellowships MIASA welcomes applications from excellent researchers to join the interdisciplinary fellow group (IFG)“Sustainable Rural Transformation” from February to May 2020. IFGs bring together a group of up to ten fellows for a duration of four months. The group comprises both senior and junior fellows including researchers from Germany, Africa and the rest of the world.

The focus of the IFG on sustainable rural transformation is as follows: The increasing competition for African resources affects the lives of rural populations and may result in social conflict. The commercialization of agriculture on the continent threatens livelihoods of smallholder farmers and carries environmental risks. Yet, it may also present new opportunities (e.g. via out-grower schemes and wage employment). This IFG will discuss how a sustainable transformation of rural Africa can be achieved. All fellowships will be awarded to individuals of top academic quality with innovative and high quality research projects that fit with the IFG focus, and will be selected through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection