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PhD course – Global Challenges: Urbanization, Livelihoods, and Food Security

A collaborative effort of SLU, University of Botswana, DocLinks, and ANAFE is providing opportunity for PhD students for a short course on Urbanization, Livelihoods, and Food security.

The course will take place between July 7th and August 15th 2014. During the first two weeks, the course participants will spend time at home reviewing the literature and preparing for the course. Then between July 28th and August 8th, the students will attend the course in Botswana together with other course participants and facilitators from around the world. The course programme will include lectures, discussions and four field trips. Lastly, the time between August 9th and August 15th, the students will be expected to complete their individual written assignments to successfully complete the course.

The residential venue for the course is at the University of Botswana main campus in Gaborone. The address is 4775 Notwane Rd. Gaborone, Botswana.

All PhD students from SLU, African Universities and other universities in Europe  that have relevant bachelor and master’s degrees, are welcome to apply for the course.

Funding from SLU will partially cover PhD students’ travel costs, accommodation, food costs, and other costs related to the course depending on need and availability of funds. The number of participants is limited to 30 students and it is necessary to apply to attend the course.

To apply, click here. Deadline for application is 30th April, 2014, will results of application will be published on 31st May, 2014.

For more details, click here.


The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) Call for Proposals launched

The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology II (S&T II) Call for Proposals, was launched on 08/10/2012. This second Call for Proposals under The ACP-EU Cooperation Programme in Science and Technology, builds upon the lessons learnt  from the first Call for Proposals launched in 2008.

The global objectives of this Call for Proposals are:

  • To address the scientific and technological divide between ACP member states and the most industrialised countries.
  • To strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in ACP countries to enable creation, update and use of scientific knowledge.
  • To enhance the use of STI as a key enabler for poverty reduction, growth and socio-economic development.

In line with the ACP Group of States’ priorities and the EU Agenda for Change, the Programme prioritises Actions in the fields of Energy Access and Efficiency as well asAgriculture and Food Security. However, other sectors and/or interdisciplinary approaches are not excluded as long as the foreseen actions and activities are in line with the objectives of the Programme.

Deadline for submission

The deadline for the submission of applications is 7 February 2013.


The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is EUR 20 800 000.

This call for proposals is divided into 2 Lots, one for each of the below-mentioned funding sources. Each lot has identical objectives, results and activities but different eligibility criteria towards participating countries.

LOT 1 – EDF – concerns the EUR 17 800 000 EDF contribution

LOT 2 – DCI – concerns the EUR 3 000 000 EU South Africa DCI contribution

How to apply

Before drafting their proposals, the applicants should read the attached Guidelines for Grant Applicants. In addition, we advise to consult the instructions on the Concept Note and the Full Application Form included in the Grant Application Form (Annex A to the mentioned Guidelines). Applicants must apply in English or French.

The Guidelines and its annexes can be downloaded from the EuropeAid websiteor from the ACP Secretariat web site.

Additional information

Information sessions on this Call for Proposals will be held in Brussels and in the regions of the ACP  Group of States.  Information on the dates and venues of these Information Sessions will be available on the Programme website.

Questions for clarification on this Call, may be sent by e-mail no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of applications to, indicating clearly the reference of the Call for Proposals.

In addition, it is advised that the applicants to consult the Project Cycle Management Guidelines (pdf) for guidance on the proposal’s preparation process.