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20 PhD Scholarship Positions for Students from DAC Countries at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Call for Applications International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development 20 PhD Scholarship Positions for Students from DAC Countries* at the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
Starting March 1st, 2010 Deadline for applications: November 15th, 2009
ICDD is an interdisciplinary and international scientific network of excellence with the head office located at the University of Kassel, Germany and partner universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia. ICDD is funded under the programme "Excellence Centers for Exchange and Development" (exceed) launched by the German government through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Under its Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development, ICDD invites applications for 20 PhD scholarship positions for studnets from DAC countries at the following internationally renowned universities: 8 at the University of Kassel, Germany in the fields of political and agricultural science,
2 at the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), India in the field of sociology, 2 at the Universidade Estaduale de Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil in the field of economics, 2 at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa in the field of sociology, 2 at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), Pakistan in agricultural science, 2 at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan (UADY), Mexico in agricultural science, and 2 at Egerton University (EGU), Kenya in agricultural science.
Background ICDD's objective is to create and transfer knowledge on how to create and improve work and income opportunities in rural and urban regions of developing countries in light of globalization, climate change and urbanization. ICDD encompasses various disciplines such as agricultural science, political science, sociology, economics, and has a network of partner universities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. ICDD closely co-operates with International Labour Organisation and NGOs.
One of ICDD's core structures for the inter-disciplinary generation of knowledge is the Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development. PhD projects within this school may be rooted in either the natural or social sciences and should be focused on actor and problem oriented research on sustainable human-environmental relationships and decent livelihoods. ICDD promotes three research clusters as a common framework for the design of prospective PhD projects:
* Countries eligible for Official Development Assistance of the OECD as approved by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in August 2009 (cf. list attached) 1) Sustainable Value Creation for Decent Work This cluster focuses on strategies to increase value creation by developing technologies for more efficient and sustainable use of resources and by improving human skills, preferably along agricultural commodity chains. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing spatially and sectorally detailed urban-rural linkages to address the mobility of people, goods, services, money transfers, information, and associated flows of nutrients, energy and water.
2)Instruments for Promoting Decent Work This cluster focuses on the effectiveness of existing instruments in enforcing minimum standards for labour as formulated by the International Labour Organization (ILO) such as public procurement, supply chain governance, and national minimum wages. PhD applicants should be interested in analysing such instruments and their effective implementation in different state contexts. A special focus should be directed towards their impact on or relevance for informal labour relations and particularly on the working conditions and lives of temporary labour migrants.
3) Strategies of Empowerment for Decent Work This cluster focuses on the advocacy of good working conditions within economic and political decision-making processes against the background of eroding capacities of workers to engage in collective action due to the growing informal nature of work. Thereby special attention is directed towards particularly vulnerable groups, such as domestic workers. PhD applicants should be interested in exploring possible sources and forms of organisations to foster empowerment strategies within informal labour relations.
Scholarships PhD students of the Graduate School will be based either at the University of Kassel or at one of ICDD's international partner universities (see above), and will be enrolled in the respective university's PhD training programmes. Please indicate in your application at which university you wish to be located. A joint international workshop programme on subjects of the ICDD, research methods, the linkage between theory and empirical research and for the presentation of the prospective PhD projects will take place every year within the Graduate School. Scholarships will be awarded for four years under the precondition of a successful extension after one year. The scholarships will cover a country-specific monthly allowance according to DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) standards. All scholarships will include travel expenses for south-north and south-south mobility if necessary and funding for field research and the participation in Graduate School and ICDD activities.
Application Requirements - Cover Sheet (cf. attachment) - above average MA/MSc degree in a disciplines related to the above topics / fields - proof of English language proficiency - academic or vocational experience in one of the disciplines related to the thematic field of development and decent work - letter of recommendation from a professor of the ICDD network - summary of master thesis (1500 words), if applicable - preliminary PhD project proposal including topic, research question, short overview of the relevant literature, theoretical approach, research design and methodology (2.000 words)
Please submit your detailed curriculum vitae and scanned copies of the following documents with your application: -certificate and transcript of records of your recognised bachelor and master degrees in the original language, listing all subjects and grades (If you have not yet completed a Masters program, please include a letter from the person responsible for the program testifying the likelihood of successful completion of the program); - certificates / proof of English language proficiency; - university entrance examination certificate listing all subjects and grades (in the original language); - certificates of additional studies and completion of studies listing all subjects and grades (in the original language); - translations of all of the above-mentioned documents, if the language of the mentioned certificates is not German, English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. - certificates of previous professional/vocational experience (if applicable).
Applications with all necessary documents must be submitted electronically as a single pdf** no later than the 15th of November 2009 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Officially authenticated photocopies of all documents and translations will have to be presented, if selected for admission. For further information please see the ICDD webpage: http://cms.uni-kassel.de/unicms/index.php?id=icdd or contact: Mrs. Simone Buckel, phone + 49(0)5618047395, email@example.com ** Please assemble all items for your application in one single pdf document with the completed cover sheet as the front page and preferably with a list of contents as the second page. Applications consisting of multiple files will not be accepted. Cover Sheet Application for ICDD Graduate School of Socio-Ecological Research for Development General Information Name: First Name(s): Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Adress: Country of origin / Country of residence: Country issuing passport: Telephone: E-Mail: Sex: [ ] Male [ ] Female Marital Status: Number of Children: PhD Project Titel of PhD Proposal: Supervising ICDD Professor: Aspired University of Enrollment: Academic Qualifications Bachelor: Degree e.g. Bachelor in Political Science e.g. Master in Economics Master: Bachelor: Terms/Years How many terms/years did you study? Master: Bachelor: Grade e.g. A, B –,…; Distinction, Merit,…; Second Class Division,… Master: Language skills e.g. native speaker or TOEFL or IELTS test result Professional Experience e.g. Development Institutions, Unions, NGOs etc.
DAC List of ODA Recipients Effective for reporting on 2009 and 2010 flows Least Developed CountriesOther Low Income CountriesLower Middle Income CountriesUpper Middle Income Countriesand Territoriesand Territories(per capita GNI < 5 in 2007)(per capita GNI 6- 705(per capita GNI 706- 455in 2007)in 2007)AfghanistanCôte d'IvoireAlbania*AnguillaAngolaGhanaAlgeriaAntigua and Barbuda1BangladeshKenyaArmeniaArgentinaBeninKorea, Dem. Rep.AzerbaijanBarbados2BhutanKyrgyz Rep.BoliviaBelarusBurkina FasoNigeriaBosnia and HerzegovinaBelizeBurundiPakistanCameroonBotswanaCambodiaPapua New GuineaCape VerdeBrazilCentral African Rep.TajikistanChinaChileChadUzbekistanColombiaCook IslandsComorosViet NamCongo, Rep.Costa RicaCongo, Dem. Rep.ZimbabweDominican RepublicCroatiaDjiboutiEcuadorCubaEquatorial GuineaEgyptDominicaEritreaEl SalvadorFijiEthiopiaFormer Yugoslav Republic of MacedoniaGabonGambiaGeorgiaGrenadaGuineaGuatemalaJamaicaGuinea-BissauGuyanaKazakhstanHaitiHondurasLebanonKiribatiIndiaLibyaLaosIndonesiaMalaysiaLesothoIranMauritiusLiberiaIraq*MayotteMadagascarJordanMexicoMalawiKosovo3MontenegroMaldivesMarshall Islands*MontserratMaliMicronesia, Federated StatesNauruMauritaniaMoldovaOman1MozambiqueMongoliaPalauMyanmarMoroccoPanamaNepalNamibiaSerbiaNigerNicaraguaSeychellesRwandaNiuSouth AfricaSamoaPalestinian Administered Areas*St. HelenaSão Tomé and PríncipeParaguaySt. Kitts-NevisSenegalPeruSt. LuciaSierra LeonePhilippinesSt. Vincent and GrenadinesSolomon IslandsSri LankaSurinameSomaliaSwazilandTrinidad and Tobago2SudanSyriaTurkeyTanzaniaThailandUruguayTimor-Leste*TokelauVenezuelaTogoTongaTuvaluTunisiaUgandaTurkmenistanVanuatuUkraineYemen*Wallis and FutunaZambia*Territory.(1) Antigua & Barbuda and Oman exceeded the high income country threshold in 2007. In accordance with the DAC rules for revision of this List, both will graduate from the List in 2011 if they remain high income countries until 2010. (2) Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago exceeded the high income country threshold in 2006 and 2007. In accordance with the DAC rules for revision of this List, both will graduate from the List in 2011 if they remain high income countries until 2010. (3) This does not imply any legal position of the OECD regarding Kosovo's status.As of April 2009, the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPCs) are : Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, CentralAfrican Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Congo (Rep.), Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. source: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/32/40/43540882.pdf
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