The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) is a joint initiative of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) and the CCAFS Low Emissions Development Flagship.
CLIFF-GRADS builds capability in early career scientists from developing countries to conduct applied research in agriculture greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. During short research stays of up to 6 months, CLIFF-GRADS awardees are exposed to expertise and scientific training at their host institute that they would not otherwise receive during their PhD in their home country.
Specific techniques they may learn include (but are not limited to) remote sensing, economic surveys, and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions. Topics advertised in the Programme are related to the measurement, modelling and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, or carbon storage in agricultural systems relevant to developing countries (also in the context of enhancing food security).
Research is conducted in association with CCAFS and GRA scientists and partner organisations and host to student matches are dependent on the students’ and host institutions’ research interests and suitability for the Programme.
Since 2017, 124 students from 32 developing countries have received CLIFF-GRADS awards. The CLIFF-GRADS Programme is more than just an academic experience, students have the opportunity to establish new academic and professional connections, experience a new culture, maybe learn a new language, and challenge themselves through immersion in a community that is very different to their own. Read on for thoughts on the CLIFF-GRADS Programme from our Alumni.
“My CLIFF-GRADS research stay was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, at so many levels. First, on an academic and professional level, discovering new technologies, techniques, ways of working, people, and through making working networks. At a personal level because it changes you, feeling that you are independent and capable of handling a big experiment in another country and in a different workplace. Being at Bangor University allowed me to travel, meet new people, live a new experience, and approach science differently.”
Monica Gabriela Perez (Argentina) was hosted in 2019 by Bangor University – UK
“I challenge future CLIFF-GRADS fellows to take advantage of the new environment to learn new cultures, visit tourists’ attractions and above all have a lot of fun. Feel at home and enjoy! If you find yourself in a country with a different language from yours, that’s a great opportunity for you to have a second language!”
Samuel Weniga Anuga (Ghana) was hosted in 2019 by CIAT – Colombia
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