The research and education programme CENSU (Climate Change, Energy, Sustainability: Transformations and Governance) is announcing FOUR MASTER grants for admission at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), toward a Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (MSc. CCSD), and a Master in Natural Resources Assessment and Management (MSc. NARAM), 2022/2023. 


We welcome applicants from all CENSU partner universities: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM); State University of Zanzibar (SUZA); Universidade Lurio (UniLurio); Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)



CENSU is funded by the Norwegian government’s development agency. Its objective is to strengthen education and research capacity related to major development challenges in Tanzania and Mozambique: The sustainability of extraction of their energy resources, particularly oil and gas, and the implications for climate change mitigation. The project will concentrate research on current and anticipated oil and gas exploration mainly in Lindi in southern Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Inhassoro in southern Mozambique (possibly also Cabo Delgado). All CENSU research and education activity shall integrate natural and social sciences, with a view to better understand the relationship between the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development


About the grants

The duration of grant and degree programme is 18 months’ full-time. While degree completion may be extended to three years, subject to special arrangement with UDSM, the grant cannot be extended. The CENSU grants will thus cover tuition fees, monthly stipend, and travel costs to facilitate grantees to do their coursework during the first 12 months at UDSM, beginning October 2022. During the last six months, grantees will also receive an additional stipend to cover research and dissertation production costs.


About the Masters degrees

The CENSU grantees can apply to study either MSc. CCSD or MSc. NARAM. In the first year of study, the grantees are required to acquire a minimum of 120 credits, a full years’ worth of coursework at UDSM. In the second year (the last six months), they undertake fieldwork and write their dissertations (60 credits) with sending universities as bases. Academic staff from UDSM will serve as main dissertations supervisors, and academic staff from home universities as co-supervisors.


Consult further information about these UDSM degree programs at the following link:

Four seats in the 2022/2023 batch are reserved for CENSU candidates, thus one seat for each CENSU partner university (UDSM; SUZA; UniLurio; and UEM). However, these seats, and the four attached grants, will be awarded only to the extent that applicants are qualified as per UDSM postgraduate admissions guidelines.



University of Dar es Salaam admission regulations will apply for these two MSc. programmes. Applicants seeking CENSU grants and admission to the M.Sc. in Climate Change and Sustainable Development and M.Sc. in Natural Resources Assessment and Management programme must hold an honours degree of relevant subject from recognized University Education Institutions inside and outside Tanzania as per Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) recognition standards.


A successful candidate will also have:

  • A convincing motivation statement (500 words) in relation to CENSU scope (see more below)
  • A strong bachelor’s degree and/or a strong master degree in natural or social science subjects related to CENSU project such as Geography, Development, and other environmental related field of studies.
  • Research interest related to topics tangential to those of CENSU is a significant advantage, as is research/teaching experience transcending the natural/social sciences divide
  • Proven ability to work independently and in close collaboration with others
  • Proof of English proficiency or proof of graduate or postgraduate degree completion in an English-speaking country/program for non-Tanzanian applicants



We expect CENSU grant recipients to contribute towards addressing one or more of the following research questions:

  • How are ecological and social dynamics interwoven in relation to gas extraction in fragile societies and vulnerable environments?
  • To what extent, and how, are local community livelihoods (likely to be) affected by gas extraction activities?
  • To what extent do the gas projects create expectations and concerns in affected communities/society, and what are these expectations and concerns?
  • How do governing institutions and gas corporations (including contractors) respond to the expectations and concerns of citizens – including through consultation processes– and to what extent and how do they promote sustainable development related to energy production?



Your application must include:

  • Motivation statement (see above)
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Relevant transcripts and certificates
  • All of the above must be combined into a single PDF file.


Closing date: Wed 27 April 2022


The application shall be submitted to the CENSU educational coordinator at your university:


UDSM: Dr. Victoria Moshy –

SUZA: Dr. Wahira Othman –

UNILURIO: Evidoquio Rone Alzira Maculuve –

UEM: Prof. Eduardo Sitoe –


Issued on 31 MARCH 2022

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