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Science for Weather Information & Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) Professional Development Fellowships 2020 for African Women

Are you an early career researcher/professional in meteorology or related disciplines & of Sub-Saharan African nationality? Apply for the SWIFT Professional Development Fellowships.

Application Deadline:  6th December 2019 midnight

Eligible Countries: sub-Saharan Africa

About the Award: The final round of the SWIFT fellowship scheme is now open for applications! SWIFT is looking to recruit postdoctoral early career OR early career professionals working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural scientists working in the fields of African weather systems. Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya.

We expect to make two awards in this final call for applications, with a strong focus on the physical science research themes.

Type: Research, Fellowship


  • Doctoral qualification or equivalent experience (5 years’ relevant professional experience gained within the last 10 years and a master’s degree).
  • A strong understanding of the SWIFT research theme selected for study.
  • A good working knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Applicants must be of Sub-Saharan African nationality, but may be based anywhere at the time of application.

Number of Awards: 2

Value of Award: Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya. SWIFT fellows will be paid at a very competitive salary commensurate with that of an early career lecturer salary in the host country of the fellowship. In addition, fellows may also apply for additional funds to cover travel and related costs, Host Institute costs and research costs, within reasonable limits.

Duration of Award:

  • Fellowships must be between 12 and 18 months in duration.
  • The start and end timing of the fellowships is flexible within the following constraints: fellowships should begin between 1st March and 30th June 2020 and must end no later than 30th September, 2021; fellowships may be carried out as a split appointment, but must be carried out within the specified timeframe.

How to Apply: GCRF African SWIFT is committed to trying to achieve gender balance and diversity in its activities. We recognise that there are significant obstacles for female applicants in applying for and carrying out research fellowships such as this where travel is usually required. In order to redress the gender balance, we have made this second and final call for the SWIFT fellowships flexible in location and in terms of travel required (to allow for familial commitments) and with a focus on women’s professional development in SSA.

GCRF African SWIFT recognises that female applicants who are not coming from a research background may need support in submitting their proposals and/or documents that display the applicant’s ability to publish written work. If you have concerns around this, please do not be put off applying, but contact the GCRF African SWIFT Programme Manager, Dr Lorraine Youds ([email protected]), to discuss your application.

Please note that female applicants may request support on submitting their application from SWIFT Programme Manager, Dr Loraine Youds ([email protected]) and/or, nominated SWIFT partner female mentors:

  • Aida Diongue Niang, Researcher and Advisor to the Director, Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM), Dakar, Senegal ([email protected])
  • Awa Niang Fall, Associated Professor in Continental Hydrology at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal ([email protected])
  • Ibok Nsa Oduro, Full Professor of Postharvest Technology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana ([email protected])
  • Helen Ogunsusi, Professor at the Federal University of Science and Technology, Akure, Nigeria ([email protected])
  • Stella Aura, Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), Nairobi, Kenya ([email protected])
  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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