Fostering leadership in African weather
forecasting and its societal impacts

African weather/climate researchers and applied scientists are invited to apply for Fellowships sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African SWIFT) project, led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

The SWIFT Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers to expand their experience and independence in African meteorological research and gain leadership experience. Successful applicants will become valued contributors of the African-SWIFT project, which aims to develop sustainable research capability in tropical weather forecasting to enhance the livelihoods of African populations, and improve the economies of African countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowships are open to postdoctoral early career researchers working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural sciences in the field of African weather prediction.

Fellowship applications must be aligned with the SWIFT research themes (See further details on our website: <http://www.africanswift.org/swift-fellowships>). We aim to support at least one proposal aligned with the SWIFT research theme User needs, co-production and communication.
Applicants must be of Sub-Saharan African nationality, but may be based anywhere at the time of application.

Conditions of Appointment and Benefits

Fellowships must be between 12 and 24 months in duration.
Between three and six fellowships will be awarded.The start and end timing of the fellowships is flexible within the following constraints: fellowships should begin between 1st July and 31st December, 2018 and must end no later than 30th September, 2021; fellowships may be carried out as a split appointment, but must be carried out within the specified time frame.

Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya. SWIFT fellows will be paid at a salary commensurate with that of an early career lecturer salary in the host country of the fellowship. In addition, fellows may also apply for additional funds to cover travel and related costs, Host Institute costs and research costs, within reasonable limits.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is Friday, 23rd March, 2018.
Information on how to apply can be found on the GCRF African SWIFT website.

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives of the SWIFT Programme. We anticipate that successful candidates will be notified by Friday, 11th May, 2018.

Contact: Lorraine Youds
NCAS – African-SWIFT Telephone number: +44 (0)113 3431587
School of Earth and Environment E-mail address: <lorraine.youds@ncas.ac.uk> Leeds LS2 9JT



Rosaleen McDonnell

Administration and Communications Officer

GCRF African SWIFT <https://africanswift.org/>

National Centre for Atmospheric Science <https://www.ncas.ac.uk/en/swift-project>

E: r.a.mcdonnell@leeds.ac.uk <mailto:r.a.mcdonnell@leeds.ac.uk>

School of Earth and Environment <http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/>, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT.

Tel: 0113 343 1587 (Mon/Thurs); Tel: 01663 747 129 (Tues/Weds)

*Working hours: Monday to Thursday*

To apply for this job email your details to lorraine.youds@ncas.ac.uk