WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020. As part of its active support to the capacity building mandate of IPBES in the West African region, WABES launches a second call for application to its: Master of Science (MSc) on “Managing the Science-Policy Interfaces on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development in West Africa – SPIBES.
The Master of Science (MSc) in “Managing Science-Policy Interfaces on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development in West Africa – SPIBES” is a 2-year interdisciplinary course divided into 4 semesters.
SPIBES is designed to provide students with broad, high-quality information and skills needed to facilitate the operation of science-policy interfaces such as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
(IPBES), as a means for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) in West Africa.
The biodiversity course is designed for students that are passionate about the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services to maintain suitable livelihoods for future generations.
This Master’s programme focuses on developing experts that are keen on acting as science-policy managers and sustainability agents, translating scientific knowledge into meaningful and applicable concepts and tools, as well as channelling back policy requirements to the scientific community.
Aims of the WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020
This programme aims to create experts capable of engaging in science-policy interfaces such as IPBES on an international, regional, sub-regional and national level, specifically related to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) policy-making and sustainable development pathways.
The programme will specifically:
(i) provide the students with a general understanding of BES and their relevance from
disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives;
(ii) facilitate inter- and transdisciplinary thinking to create and enable a new generation
of scientists to tackle global environmental challenges;
(iii) generate knowledge on the functioning and set-up of (international) policy processes
and decision making relating to biodiversity conservation, and
(iv) provide tools to translate research findings into policy relevant outcomes to support
The academic host and partner institutions for WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020
The MSc. programme is jointly organised by the UFR Bioscience and the Africa Center of
Excellence on Climate Change Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CEA-CCBAD), both of
the University of Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The programme is run
in partnership with:
- The Center for Development Research (ZEF) at University of Bonn (Germany)
- The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig (Germany)
- The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC),
Cambridge (United Kingdom)
- The West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use
- CoKnow – Coproducing Knowledge for Sustainability (Germany)
The programme also collaborates with the University of Senghor Alexandria in Egypt, the
University Nangui Abrogoua in Côte d’Ivoire, and the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
What WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020 offers
The programme promises a safe and academically challenging environment through highly qualified personnel, quality teaching and research infrastructures, access to online library and journal publications. Further, the programme offers strong connections to regional and international biodiversity networks.
Furthermore, the successful completion of this post-graduate programme qualifies the graduates to take up lead roles in biodiversity science-policy interfaces, opens opportunity to work in international non-governmental and governmental organisations and/or launch an academic or consultancy career.
Language preparatory courses
The courses of the SPIBES programme are taught in English. SPIBES offers a 3-month intensive English language preparatory course to admitted students from French and Portuguese speaking countries wishing to improve their English language skills.
The minimum admission requirement to this English preparatory course is a Level B1 (of the Common European Framework). In the same time period, French Language courses will also be offered to students from English
speaking countries, introducing them to the cultures, preparing them for social integration into
the host country and networking with their French counterparts.
Scholarship and Research Support
The WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020 offers full scholarship to all successful candidates. The scholarship covers the tuition fees of the two-year Masters programme, and in addition provides a monthly stipend of €350 (~ 220,000 FCFA), as well as a valid health insurance for the duration of the programme.
A laptop computer and research funds will also be made available to all students. The research funds will be disbursed only upon completion of the 18 course modules and the approval of the research proposal and associated budget by the committee constituted to this effect.
Students are expected to submit regular progress updates. Any form of misconducts, failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress and non-compliance with the university’s regulation could result in the termination of the scholarship.
Eligibility for WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020
Candidates willing to apply must have:
- Concluded a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in environmental sciences (biology,
ecology, climate, economics, law, sociology), or any other relevant discipline.
- Be a national of one of the 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
member countries. Special considerations can be given to other nationals with own
- Should not be older than age 30 years. Exempted from this age limit are those with
demonstrated professional activities and/or with children.
A filled and signed online application form (English language)
Motivation letter providing information about your academic and personal qualification as
well as your interests in research in the Science-Policy Interface on Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development – max. 4,000 characters (English
- Curriculum vitae (CV) (English language)
- Copy of passport data page
- All diplomas/Bachelor certificates
- Transcripts of record
- Signed letter of recommendation from a staff member from the institution of last degree.
Selection and admission process
Shortlisted applicants will be notified about their interview dates via email. The list of candidates
retained will be published on our website no later than September 15, 2019.
Students are expected to bring along original copies of their certificates/transcripts and finalize
admission processes at the University of Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB) before the course
start date of January 2020.
Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered:
Application Deadline for WABES Biodiversity Masters Scholarships 2019/2020
August 19, 2019 (23h 59 CET) or until all positions are filled
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