Postdoctoral African Fellowship in hydro-economics

Funding: up to £60,000 | Deadline: 27 October 2017


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 hydro economics. Up to £60,000 of funding will be available until March 2019 for a researcher to help us deliver improved water security in Sub-Saharan Africa by investigating what evidence exists for water-related economic drag in Ethiopia’s highly significant Awash basin. The Fellow will contribute to answering this question by designing and undertaking independent research to develop a hydro economic/optimization tool/model that is useable by the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and the Awash Basin Authority.





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.

Application Process:

Please read carefully our Guidance Notes which include information on the Fellowship, on the application process, and on our evaluation criteria. You will need to fill in the Application Form and Declaration from your host institution. You can download both documents below:

– Application Form;

Declaration from Host Institution;

Once you are ready to submit, please upload both forms via this link.

If you have any questions please email 

UK Department for International Development Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

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