The CLIFF-GRADS fellowship program invites applications from students from developing countries currently enrolled in masters or PhD programs for short-term scientific research to expand the evidence base for the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from reduced food loss and waste in priority supply chains in developing countries.
Fellows will quantify the greenhouse gas emissions and climate change mitigation impacts of food loss and waste (FLW)-reduction interventions in food supply chains, as well as estimate the cost of interventions and any constraints to implementation. Priority will be given to supply chains with a high potential for reducing FLW, such as the livestock sector, fruits and vegetables, or cereals at large scales, and where interventions for reducing FLW are plausible or being implemented. All research should focus on supply chain action in developing countries. With other students in this cohort, students will contribute to the development of a standardized methodology for estimating emissions that enables comparison of supply chains and can inform mitigation accounting. Research should enhance the evidence for FLW reduction and associated emissions reductions. Specific topics will depend on student and host institution scientist interests.
Applicants should be pursuing graduate research related to food systems, the circular economy, food loss and waste, life cycle analysis, climate change mitigation or greenhouse gas quantification. Where possible the work will be conducted in partnership with supply chain partners, such as food companies. Quantitative skills to calculate GHG reductions are essential.
Selected fellows will receive USD 10,000 for short-term (3-6 month) data collection and related research expenses. The grants will be used to support living and research costs at the host institution. Grants may not be used for tuition or unrelated personal expenses.
CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change (CCAFS) low emissions development flagship and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (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 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Applicants must be nominated by a research supervisor at a host institution. The host institution is defined as an organization that:
The application must include the following documents merged into one pdf file:
The motivation letter must be no more than two A4 pages, using an 11-point font, and include the following:
As this is an emerging area of work, we encourage you to submit an application, even if your expertise is primarily in one area (FLW or GHG quantification) or where you may require some technical support to complete the research. Be sure to identify needs for technical support in your letter.
Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please visit these websites before preparing your application.
 Includes all countries listed as "low-income economies," "lower-middle-income economies," "upper-middle-income economies" and "Latin America and the Caribbean" by the World Bank: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lending-groups.