The South African National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), has put out a call for doctoral students to participate in the inaugural Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) from December, 2012-February, 2013 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfoentain, SA. SA-YSSP welcomes applicants from South Africa, South Africa Development Community countries, and IIASA member states. The SA-YSSP will bring together a number of young scientists from around the globe in order to conduct interdisciplinary scientific research into topical issues. The requirements are current enrollment in a doctoral program from a participating country (IIASA and SADC members), fluency in English, willingness to participate in interdisciplinary scientific activity, and a formal commitment to complete research begun at SA-YSSP by submitting said research to an international scientific journal.
The SA-YSSP will cover a large range of topics including: integrated assessment of air pollution and greenhouse gases mitigation in South Africa; improving food security in Africa; multi-scale adaptations to climate change and social-ecological sustainability; and changing human capital in South Africa: educating the disengaged population and their children. The program provides an opportunity for doctoral candidates to conduct hands-on research and gain exposure through potential publication in an international journal.
Interested applicants should visit the program website here. Applications are due by October 1st, 2012.
Further questions can be addressed to:
Ms Puleng Tshitlho
Grant Officer: International Research Grants
National Research Foundation
Tel: +27 (0) 12 481 4061