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.

    (a) All applicants are required to fill the application form online at https://goo.gl/forms/LwKwTh2W3V3Cg3Ql1[A1] or download the attached application form on https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VPuldkSXIEkgefl3Jd-SrBjYuz9BvO31[A2] fill and send as email attachment with all supporting documents to wascal@futa.edu.ng and copy capacitybp@wascal.org .

    (b) The following documents are required for the Application: project pre-proposal, Letter of motivation, resume or curriculum vitae; recommendation letters from three (3) referees, one of whom must be your M. Sc supervisor; test scores for GRE or TOEFL or both(if applicable); academic transcripts (with their official English translations if the originals are not in English). You can submit your pre-proposal and recommendation online with your application. (c) All applicants are required to submit the completed application form (complete with all attachments in b above) Online.


    The Graduate Research Program is fully funded by the German Government and includes monthly stipend, travel, and research project grant.

    The following are the criteria for students‘ scholarship and continued research support:

  • students after admission will be required to maintain a graduate level equivalent to Grade Point Average (GPA) of B or a minimum of B from each course.
  • During the course curriculum phase, students will be required to develop a detailed research programme, including the budget, that has to be accepted by his/her supervisory committee, consisting of at least two graduate faculty members, and endorsed by the Advisory Board. During the project/research stage, students are expected to present their progress reports regularly and be evaluated in accordance with FUTA Post Graduate School Regulations.
  • Maximum Intake

    The programme will give full scholarships to twelve (12) selected applicants from the 11-member WASCAL countries with the best results. An additional ten (8) applicants will be given admission based on their academic records but these additional applicants will have to provide their own full funding for the programme


  • Completed application form
  • Detailed CV
  • Two letters of reference (one from a supervisor at the Master’s level)
  • Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts for BSc. and MSc. degrees
  • Photocopy of official certificates for BSc , MSc or MTech degrees
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Evidence of current and previous employments (if applicable).
  • Submit a short concept note on your research proposal (max. 3 pages outlining the justification, objectives, methodology and expected outcomes of the research idea.
  • Letter of motivation (max. two pages) outlining the following:
  • Why you want to study Meteorology and Climate Science at the PhD level
  • How will your home country and the sub-region benefit from your training
  • You may also add any other relevant information and/or experience to support your application. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview by April 30, 2019. The interview date will be communicated to applicants on time.

    Application Deadline: March 29, 2019