The University of Dar es Salaam, in collaboration with the GAP research group, would like to invite interested and qualified candidates holding a graduate degree in Natural Resources Assessment and Management, Climate Change, Social Sciences and/or any relevant disciplines to apply for fully funded 2 Ph.D. positions under the GAP research programme.


The GAP research programme

GAP focuses on analysing how (de)centralized modes of governance influence the distribution and use of finance for adaptation during implementation, using a comparative study of Tanzania and Kenya. GAP’s overall goal is to provide evidence for how and by whom decisions are taken, and on what and where adaptation funds are spent. GAP is organized around 3 analytical components, each unfolded in a work package (WP), focused on: the financial architecture of adaptation finance in Tanzania and Kenya (WP1); the politics of adaptation finance in Tanzania and Kenya (WP2), and building North-South partnerships and capacity for scrutinising adaptation finance and make policy recommendations for how they may become transformative (WP3).

GAP is funded by the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU) under Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA).

 The 2 Ph.D. positions are invited to contribute to the WP1 and WP2 of the programme.


General conditions for the PhD positions:

  1. The positions are fully funded and come with an attractive package.
  2. Successful PhD candidates will be enrolled at the University of Dar es Salaam, Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) to pursue a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development 
  3. The duration of the scholarship is 3.5 years and starts in November 2021. It includes a research stay in Denmark.
  4. The candidates are expected to undertake about seven months of fieldwork in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma at the national level and Arusha region in the selected study LGAs; and to fully participate in GAP project activities; as well as follow UDSM Postgraduate studies regulations.
    1. The candidate in WP1 will have a strong climate change adaptation profile and interest in financial architectures, decentralisation, government policies and practices on climate change adaptation, and link this knowledge, and the results from WP1 to the political economy, and associated adaptation finance in selected study areas
    2. The candidate in WP2 will have a strong social science profile and interest in governance, decentralization, policies and practices on climate change adaptation, and be able to link this knowledge, and results from WP2 to understandings of governance of adaptation finance in local and regional contexts.


The application

The deadline for submitting the application is 20th September 2021 at 12 noon (East African Time). 

Applications should be sent by email with the subject title ‘GAP PhD application’ to the Director, Institute of Resource Assessment ( and a copy to Dr. Noah Makula Pauline ( and For access to a detailed GAP research programme description and more information about the PhD call, please contact Dr. Noah Makula Pauline.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The assessment committee will consist of a panel of UDSM and GAP researchers. 

Interviews with short-listed candidates will take place in the last week of September.


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