May 26, 2018

Call for Applications: PhD in Climate Change and Land Use

Deadline: February 28, 2018


The WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme in Climate Change and Land Use (DRP-CCLU) is pleased to announce that up to 11 fully-funded (tuition, stipend, research and travel grants) scholarships are available for applicants from the following eleven (11) West African Countries to study for PhD in Climate Change and Land Use at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana:


Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Senegal, The Gambia and Togo.

Entry Requirements

In conformity with the entry requirement of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the successful candidate will have a minimum of:

  • Second Class (Upper Division) in their first degree and a good Masters degree in Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Engineering option), Civil Engineering (Water Resources/Hydrology option), Geomatic Engineering, Natural Resources (Silviculture and Forestry, and Watershed management), Mathematics, Geography, Land Economy, Atmospheric Physics, Climatology, and other relevant disciplines, with an average of at least 60%. Submit academic transcripts as evidence.
  • English Proficiency indicated below:
    • Must have first or second degree with English language as the medium of instruction, OR 
    • Must have an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) with above average score.
    • Otherwise the candidate will have to undertake a three-month pre-master’s intensive English course at KNUST.
  • Full time availability from April 30, 2018 for a period of forty-three months.
  • Demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem solving potentials.
  • Experience with modelling and GIS would be an advantage but not a prerequisite.
  • Must have the ability to travel to Germany for a period of 3 to 6 months



Candidates may apply directly to the DRP CCLU by submitting all information requested via email to the Secretary at and copy to before the deadline February 28, 2018. For further information you may call +233 322062529 during office hours (08:00hrs –to 17:00hrs GMT)


Completing Application Form

  1. Access the KNUST application form via

Ghanaian Applicants: Are to complete the pdf application forms.

Foreign Applicants:


The WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme is a German-government sponsored PhD programme aimed at providing state-of-the-art training for scientists and professionals in Climate Change and Land Use. The programme is strongly multidisciplinary and jointly organised by twelve institutions from twelve countries (i.e. the eleven West African Countries listed above and Germany). Participants will acquire knowledge on the causes of climate change, the implications of climate change on land use for the West African sub-region, and the policy and management practices that may be put in place to mitigate and adapt to the impact of the changing climate on land use.


The variation in climate conditions compounded by poor land management practices are threats to development of the region. The region, which is generally poor, is yet to effectively develop geographic information system and remote sensing technologies for land administration. These, when developed are expected to make available useful data and information for effective land use management.


The West African sub-region is faced with the following challenges, which may hinder the bid towards effective land use management:

  • Limited opportunities for land use and geo-scientists to improve their capacity at the graduate level.
  • Lack of electronic science infrastructure for land use education and training.
  • Gaps between climate and land use research findings and implementation.
  • Lack of awareness about the value of climate and land use information among decision makers.


Considering the identified knowledge and capacity gaps, and the unsustainable management of land in the sub-region accompanied by climate change, the sub-region risks not achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, there is a pressing need for a comprehensive understanding of the changing climate of the region and its impact on land use. This calls for adequately trained human resources in land use and related geo-sciences for sustainable development and use of land for the present and future generations.


In light of the above, the German initiative “West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use” (WASCAL) support Doctoral Research Programme in Climate Change and Land Use (DRP-CCLU) (based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana), focusing on capacity building at the PhD level to help develop the knowledge necessary for sustainable land use and management in the face of climate change. The programme will train participants to develop skills in data acquisition, analysis and interpretation of spatial data focusing on the use of remote sensing, GIS and empirical and mathematical modelling tools as related to climate change and land use. This should develop adequate human capacity in the sub-region for developing appropriate adaptation strategies to manage the impact of climate change on land and to develop resilient land use systems.


This initiative seeks to give support to West African universities to synergize their efforts on a regional basis and maximize their capabilities to improve the training of land use experts and geo-scientists for better overall results and increased benefit to West Africa. The programme ultimately aims at strengthening the research, educational and policy capacity and competency of West-African countries to deal with issues of climate change through adapted land use on a scientific basis in partnership with German institutions. It is expected that these PhD fellows upon graduation will be competent for engagement by universities, research institutes and the public service.

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