SWIFT Professional Development Fellowships – Focus on Women: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The final round of the SWIFT fellowship scheme is now open for applications! SWIFT is looking to recruit postdoctoral early career OR early career professionals working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural scientists working in the fields of African weather systems. Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya. For further information visit our website at https://africanswift.org/opportunities-work-study/ (where all application documents can be downloaded), or email me (l.h.youds@leeds.ac.uk) for further information and guidance.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 6th December 2019. All applications documents should be submitted to the SWIFT Project Office (NCASSwift@leeds.ac.uk). We expect to make two awards in this final call for applications, with a strong focus on the physical science research themes.
Essential qualifications and skills for the SWIFT Fellowship Scheme

a) Doctoral qualification or equivalent experience (5 years’ relevant professional experience gained within the last 10 years and a master’s degree).

b) A strong understanding of the SWIFT research theme selected for study.

c) A good working knowledge of spoken and written English.

We would appreciate it you could forward this opportunity around their networks (with the attached flyer) to encourage applications.

Female Applicants
GCRF African SWIFT is committed to trying to achieve gender balance and diversity in its activities. We recognise that there are significant obstacles for female applicants in applying for and carrying out research fellowships such as this where travel is usually required. In order to redress the gender balance, we have made this second and final call for the SWIFT fellowships flexible in location and in terms of travel required (to allow for familial commitments) and with a focus on women’s professional development in SSA.
GCRF African SWIFT recognises that female applicants who are not coming from a research background may need support in submitting their proposals and/or documents that display the applicant’s ability to publish written work. If you have concerns around this, please do not be put off applying, but contact the GCRF African SWIFT Programme Manager, Dr Lorraine Youds (l.h.youds@leeds.ac.uk), to discuss your application.
Please note that female applicants may request support on submitting their application from SWIFT Programme Manager, Dr Loraine Youds (l.h.youds@leeds.ac.uk) and/or, nominated SWIFT partner female mentors:

· Dr Aida Diongue Niang, Researcher and Advisor to the Director, Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM), Dakar, Senegal (aida.diongue.niang@anacim.sn)
· Dr Awa Niang Fall, Associated Professor in Continental Hydrology at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Dakar, Senegal (awa10.fall@ucad.edu.sn)
· Prof. Ibok Nsa Oduro, Full Professor of Postharvest Technology at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana (ibok.oduro@gmail.com)
· Prof. Helen Ogunsusi, Professor at the Federal University of Science and Technology, Akure, Nigeria (helenogunsusi@gmail.com)
· Ms Stella Aura, Director of the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), Nairobi, Kenya (r_stll@yahoo.com)