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Hydrological Extreme Risks and Management in Sub-saharan Africa, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Hydrological Extreme Risks and Management in Sub-saharan Africa.
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Overview

This doctoral (PhD) project in Hydrological Extreme Risks and Management in Sub-saharan Africa has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. 

The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.

Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced important changes in seasonal rainfall distributions, extreme events and hydrological regimes over the last 20 years, which have a major impact on communities. As anthropogenic climate change increasingly manifests, the prospect of shifts in water resources and variability, underscores the need for better understanding of the drivers of hydrological variability (rainfall-land-runoff interactions), especially extreme events, and their predictability to improving the risk management system at short- and long-term.

As anthropogenic climate change increasingly manifests, the prospect of shifts in water resources and variability, underscores the need for better understanding of the drivers of hydrological variability (rainfall-land-runoff interactions), especially extreme events, and their predictability to improving the risk management system at short- and long-term.

This project first proposes to characterize the drivers of variability in hydrological extremes (flood and drought) in West and southern Africa using historical records, and to analyse how those conditions could have been better managed based on participatory analysis with communities and numerical modelling. Secondly, this project proposes to evaluate how state-of-the-art regional climate models perform in reproducing climate conditions associated with hydrological extremes, before to quantify how probable those conditions are likely to be in the future. 

By bridging the gap between historical data and future projections, this project ultimately aims at providing data on hydrological risks in sub-Saharan Africa, and at facilitating the communication with the application community in translating scientific knowledge into manageable risk management tools.

Academic Environment

Coventry University has been the UK’s top modern university for seven consecutive years (Guardian University Guide 2013-2019) and holds a number of other prestigious accolades. Established in 2014 through substantial university investment, the Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR) is rapidly building a global reputation for transdisciplinary research into processes of resilience in social-ecological systems. Among its key lines of research is work focusing on modelling of water and food systems, aided by high performance computing facilities.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      between three and three and a half years fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • This project first proposes to characterize the drivers of variability in hydrological extremes (flood and drought) in West and southern Africa using historical records, and to analyse how those conditions could have been better managed based on Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced important changes in seasonal rainfall distributions, extreme events and hydrological regimes over the last 20 years, which have a major impact on communities. 

Lecturers

Dr Bastien Dieppois

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
PLUS 
  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
Essential:
  • Masters degree in a science-based subject area (Hydrological and/or climate sciences). 
  • Knowledge of West and/or southern African hydrology
  • Knowledge of climate change and variability. 
  • Capacity for critical and independent thinking.
Desirable:
  • Experience of hydrological and/or climate modelling
  • Experience of working with climate model output. 
  • Experience of scientific programming. 
  • Experience of working with large data sets.  
  • Willingness to engage with the wider CAWR research community.
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Full studentship which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years. 

Stipend rates set by UKRI with an annual projected average increase of 1.25% per year. 

Basic research costs (e.g. equipment) are covered by Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience. The successful candidate will receive an additional allowance of £500 per annum for professional expenses.

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