The WASCAL Doctoral Research Programme in West African Climate System is pleased to announce for application for its fourth batch of students to the study of Ph.D. Research Programme in West African Climate System at the Federal University of Technology, Akure m Nigeria under the Capacity Building Programme of West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL),with funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research( BMBF).

WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners. WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its 11 West African member countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.

WASCAL’s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. We do this through capacity building support to young West African scholars in fields of climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in member countries.

Candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • adequate intellectual capacity
  • maturity, and
  • effective decision making and problem-solving potentials.

    The Graduate Research Program is a structured Ph.D with English as language of instruction. Therefore the following are the language requirements:
  • Credit passes in English language at O/L West African School Certificate Examinations or at baccalaureate.
  • Proficiency test in English language e.g. TOEFL would be an advantage

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) in Meteorology and Climate Science


    The Ph. D programme in the West African Climate System offered at The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria is a full time program, with a sponsored duration of 43months. It has the following components:

  • English / French Language courses-Four (4) months
  • Lecture component – six (6) months
  • Research Plan preparation – concurrent with (i) above
  • Field/Research Work – twenty (18) months
  • Visit to Germany – six (6) months – also for Research work
  • Final Thesis write-up and defence – Nine (9) months

  • Candidates should have Masters Degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric Physics, climatology, and other relevant disciplines, normally with an average of at least 60% in their Masters Programme.
  • Candidates must possess at least Second Class in their First Degree.
  • All candidates must possess five (5) ‘O’ level credits as required in relevant subjects but must include English Language, Physics and Mathematics (le bac scientifique avec l’anglais et le math).
  • Candidates must be from the WASCAL countries (Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Niger, Burkina Faso, CapeVerde, Mali, and Guniea).
  • Candidates should give names and email addresses of three (3) referees, one of whom must be his/her Master’s thesis supervisor.
  • Candidates must accompany their application with a research proposal addressing issues of climate change in the region , and a one-page letter of motivation. The proposal will be fine-tuned under the guidance and mentorship of their supervisors, if admitted.
  • Candidate is expected to publish at least 2 papers from his/her research findings in a reputable international peer-reviewed journal before qualifying to graduate.
  • Computer programming and climate Science skills would be an advantage but NOT necessarily a prerequisite
  • Candidates must demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity, effective decision making and problem solving potentials.