CLIFF-GRADS awards scholarships to 46 Ph.D. fellows from the Global South

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WELLINGTON, 10 November 2022 – Today, the Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) announced 46 new awardees from low- and middle-income countries.

The Round 5 CLIFF-GRADS fellows come from 18 countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. For six months starting early 2023, they will undertake applied research on quantifying and mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions at 29 institutes in a total of 19 countries.

CLIFF-GRADS is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the One CGIAR Mitigate+ Initiative on Research for Low-Emission Food Systems. It aims to build capacity in early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries through exposing them to expertise and scientific training at their host institute that they would not otherwise receive during their Ph.D. in their home country.

“Both hosts and awardees benefit from the different perspectives, experiences, and technical skills the program facilitates by supporting global connections. CLIFF-GRADS is an excellent program for building global scientific expertise to address the need for shared effort in addressing climate change,” said Deborah Knox, manager of the GRA Secretariat.

Since the start of the fellowship program in 2017, CLIFF-GRADS has awarded fellowships to 124 students from 32 countries in the Global South.

For Round 5, more than 200 applied to join CLIFF-GRADS.

Fellows conduct research together with Mitigate+ and GRA scientists and partner organizations. Matching fellows with host institutes is based on the research interests of the fellows and hosts as well as the candidates’ suitability for the program.

“The benefits that CLIFF-GRADS offers to fellows go beyond gaining academic experience: They can also broaden their professional and personal horizons through building connections and immersing in new cultures. CLIFF-GRADS is one example of One CGIAR’s unique position in supporting individual capacity development of scientists in developing countries,” said Dr. Louis Verchot, lead of Mitigate+.

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