WASCAL Doctoral Scholarship in Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Rural West Africa in Germany, 2013
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WASCAL Doctoral Scholarship in Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Rural West Africa is funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research for applicants of developing countries. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): field work in West Africa, and Data analysis and writing-up at ZEF in Bonn | Germany

Level: PhD Degree

Field(s): Doctoral scholarship “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in rural West Africa”

Deadline: August 11, 2013.

Funded By: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): WASCAL Doctoral Scholarship is targeted for Students Developing countries.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: The successful candidate will participate in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses of the ZEF Doctoral Studies Program from October 2013 – February 2014 in Bonn. (S)he will develop an individual research proposal until April 2013. Depending on the data requirements of the proposed research the work may entail 6-9 months of field work in West Africa. During the analysis and writing-up period of the dissertation, the candidate will be based at ZEF in Bonn.

Scholarship covers: The awarded scholarship will cover living, research as well as travel costs.


WASCAL Doctoral Scholarship “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in rural West Africa”

Land management decisions determine the production of agricultural and forestry outputs. But they also have implications for the production of non-marketed ecosystem goods and services such as water purification and regulation.

Shortages of ecosystem services can substantially curtail the livelihoods of particularly the rural poor in developing countries who vitally depend on land productivity and natural resources.

The successful candidate is expected to advance the field of environmental valuation and apply innovative valuation methodologies to assess the monetary impacts of land management decisions with respect to non-marketed ecosystem services in the West African Sudanian Savannah region.

The scholarship is part of the newly created West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use.


To avail Doctoral scholarship “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in rural West Africa”, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Very good degree (Diploma or Master) in environmental economics or related field.

Very good knowledge of English and good knowledge of French.

Work experience in developing countries is of advantage.

Scholarship Application Method

The eligible candidates are invited to send their application including:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • Curriculum vitae;
Copies of all relevant transcripts and certificates of high school, bachelor, master or equivalent courses;
Copies of the master/diploma thesis and scientific publications if available;
  • Recommendation letters and contact details of two referees;
  • Please send application to:
Monika Kesting, Center for Development Research (ZEF b), Email: zefecon-at-uni-bonn.de
  • Make sure the subject line of your emails reads: “Application for PhD scholarship on Environmental Valuation”
  • Please download PDF for Doctoral scholarship “Valuation of Ecosystem Services in rural West Africa”

Scholarship Applications are due by 11 August 2013.

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