Postdoctoral African Fellowship in Groundwater Management (Closed)

Applications for the fellowship are now closed

The REACH Programme is a 7-year, £15m programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). This project, led by the University of Oxford, involves a research consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice. It aims to improve water security for 5 million poor people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by 2022. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious research programme and global science-practitioner partnership working to deliver significant benefits for people living in poverty.

REACH is launching a call for proposals for an African postdoctoral fellowship in groundwater.  Up to £60,000 of funding will be available until December 2019 for a researcher to contribute to the promotion of equitable water resource management in the Awash basin.  A lack of understanding of groundwater availability and sustainability, including groundwater-surface water interactions, currently limits decision making in this area.  The Fellow will contribute to addressing this challenge by designing and undertaking independent research to develop a decision support tool that integrates surface and groundwater resources that is useable by MOWIE and AwBA.




This research will help both the sector and policy makers to take appropriate regulatory and precautionary measures to manage the water resource against a backdrop of economic growth and transformation.

The fellowship is intended for early to mid-career academics and researchers who are nationals of a Sub-Sahara African country, and hold a PhD at the time of application. Applicants must be hosted by a University or Research Organisation, and may approach REACH researchers about hosting their Fellowship.

For more information, and details on how to apply, please read our Guidance notes.

Proposals must be submitted to by 17:00 UCT, 20 July 2018.


UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

‘Access to water is a defining challenge for the 21st century. The UK has already helped 43 million people to access clean water, but there is far more to be done.’

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