PhD Scholarships: VU Amsterdam PhD Scholarships Drought Risk in East Africa 2020


VU Amsterdam PhD Scholarships Drought Risk in East Africa 2020

Are you interested in how drought risk of rural communities in East Africa is related to climate and societal drivers? Then we would like to get to know you. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Application Deadline: 25th June 2020.


About the Award: We are happy to announce that at IVM – VU Amsterdam we have 2 PhD vacancies related to the new EU-funded DOWN2EARTH project. DOWN2EARTH project will assess critical research gaps within the dryland regions of the Horn of Africa (HAD), including i) how climate change affects the characteristics of rainfall and groundwater storage, ii) how the evolution of hydrological processes will impact the people who depend on them, and (iii) how communities can best adapt to drought risk.

An international team of researchers and organisations, including Jeroen Aerts and his team, has been awarded over €6.7m from EU Horizon 2020 to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands (HAD). The project aims to help rural East African communities adapt to climate change using state-of-the-art predictions of water scarcity and food insecurity.

Type: PhD

Eligibility: We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, including female and African students

Eligible Countries: Any

To be Taken at (Country): Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Number of Awards: 2

Value of Award: The two PhDs will be based at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at VU Amsterdam and will be part of an active research group and a vibrant ECR community within the institute. They will also benefit from interaction with researchers from a variety of disciplines both at IVM and within the DOWN2EARTH project and with stakeholders in the HAD region.

How to Apply: Please apply via the VU website using these two links:

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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