2014 UNU-INRA PhD Internship Programme for Africans

2014 UNU-INRA PhD Internship Programme for Africans

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Call for an internship opportunity in Accra Ghana open!

The United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), with funding from Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 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, amongst others, influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa under four thematic areas:

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

Under the project, up to ten visiting scholars will be selected each year to spend 3-4 months carrying out research at UNU-INRA headquarters in Accra, Ghana, or at one of its operating units based in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia.


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


  • 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 environmental economics, natural resource economics, ecological economics, development economics, agricultural economics, soil science or any other relevant field of study.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply. (In recent years, four out of ten visiting scholars have been female.)
  • All candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills in either French or English. A working knowledge of the second language will be an advantage.
  • The programme does not make provision for collection of primary data. The programme is ideal for candidates who have the relevant data and who desire an environment to undertake data analysis and write-up.
  • Specific research questions may be proposed to a selected candidate, but priority will be given to those candidates who already have research questions which overlap with our current thematic areas in green growth for rural Africa. For examples of research questions that the project would like to address, see the Related Files tab.

Applications Procedures:

UNU-INRA will accept applications once each year. The deadlines for applications are 15 March 2014, for the academic year 2013–2014; 31 August 2014, for the academic year 2014–2015; and 30 April 2015 for the academic year 2015–2016.

  • Acceptance decisions will be sent to successful applicants within three weeks of the closing dates.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to notify UNU-INRA of their acceptance of the offer within two weeks of receiving the notification. The acceptance letter should also include a letter from the head of the candidate’s institution confirming that the applicant is authorized to participate in the programme.
  • Interested applicants should complete and submit the application form, including their curriculum vitae, to [email protected]
  • Only applications with research proposals that address green growth issues will be accepted.

For more information, click here.