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Call for CLIFF-GRADS research hosts: Capacity building through research stays for low emission agriculture

The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) Low Emissions Development flagship. The CLIFF-GRADS Programme builds capability in early-career PhD scientists from developing countries to conduct applied research in agriculture emission quantification and mitigation.

In the first three rounds of scholarship, 73 PhD candidates have received grants to further their research skills and establish international networks.

We are seeking expressions of interest from host institutes and supervisors willing to host a CLIFF-GRADS candidate.

Grants of $12,000 USD will be awarded to PhD candidates from developing countries[1] for short research stays that will be completed before the end of 2021. Research stays should be between 4 and 6 months in length, with preference given to those of 6 months duration.

Expressions of interest must offer research stays relevant to:

  • Measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (this may be in the context of enhancing food security).

Funding for CLIFF-GRADS grants is provided by the New Zealand Government, the CGIAR Trust Fund donors and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest to host CLIFF-GRADS candidates is the 9th of February 2020. 


CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the CCAFS Low Emissions Development flagship and the GRA. CLIFF-GRADS aims to build the capability of early-career agricultural students in developing countries to conduct applied research on climate change mitigation in agriculture. CLIFF-GRADS integrates the GRA’s new Development Scholarship and the CCAFS Climate Food and Farming (CLIFF) Research Network with the common goal of providing grants to graduate students to expand their knowledge and experience in quantification of agricultural greenhouse gases. Funding for this call for proposals concerning food loss and waste is provided by USAID.

Photo: 2018-2019 CLIFF-GRADS at Bali workshop (Jacquelyn Turner, CCAFS/IRI)

[1] Applicants with passports from countries listed as “low-income economies’’, “lower-middle-income economies”, “upper-middle-income economies” and “Latin America and the Caribbean” by the World Bank.