Call for Applications: Visiting Scholars

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  • July 22, 2015     Accra

    The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), with funding from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada, is undertaking a three-year project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. The project aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa under four thematic areas:

    1. Green business opportunities in rural Africa
    2. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa
    3. Rural SMEs and ecosystem services
    4. Institutions and governance for environmentally-friendly business practices

    Who should apply?

    This programme is reserved for applicants from the African continent who are faculty members or researchers at African universities and other research institutions. Applicants should have a PhD degree in economics, environmental sciences, social sciences or any other relevant field of study. All candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication  skills in either French or English. A working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.

    The programme does not make provision for  primary data collection. It is ideal for candidates who have the relevant data and desire an environment to undertake data analysis and write-up. Specific research questions may be proposed by a candidate, but priority will be given to  candidates whose  research questions  overlap with our current thematic areas in green growth for rural Africa. For examples of research questions that the project seeks to address, see the attached files.

    Contract Terms:


    UNU-INRA will provide a monthly stipend of around USD 1,500.00 to successful applicants. The stipend is a contribution towards travel, accommodation, medical and other expenses. In exceptional cases, the Institute will consider subsidizing the travel cost to the location of the programme.

    Duration of Contract

    Under the project, up to ten visiting scholars are selected each year to spend 3-4 months carrying out research at UNU-INRA headquarters in Accra, Ghana, or at any of its operating units based in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia. The successful candidate shall work at UNU-INRA Headquarters in Accra, Ghana, or at any of its Operating Units for a fixed period of four (4) months .

    Application Procedure:

    Interested applicants should submit their applications, preferably by e-mail to and must include the following:

    • A completed application form (which is attached to this call);
    • A curriculum vitae;
    • Full contact information of two referees.

    Deadline for Applications:

    15th September, 2015.

    Female candidates are encouraged to apply. In recent years, four out of ten visiting scholars have been females.

  • Visiting Scholars Programme

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    Research Questions in Green Economy for Rural Africa

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    Programme de Chercheurs Invites

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    Questions de Recherche en Économie Verte pour l'Afrique Rurale

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    Application Form-Formulaire d'Application

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