Opportunities – Work/Study

Secondment opportunity for SWIFT African members

Under the African SWIFT Project and in order to pursue its major aims, some opportunities for secondment programme are hereby advertised for African members. This opportunity will enable the secondee to support SWIFT goals (either generally or specifically) and for his/her personal career development. Please, note that the deadline to submit applications is 18:00 GMT of 27th January, 2020

Structure of the secondment

The secondee can:

(1) travel and spend 2 to 3 months in an African institution (or centre) within or outside his/her country where facilities for achieving these two goals mentioned are readily available; and

(2) stay in same city and spend 1 or 2 days a week to pursue above stated goals in another organisation for efficiency.

We are committed to supporting flexible working where this commits those with family or other responsibilities, and we will consider other work patterns on a case by case basis.

We encourage secondments between universities and operational centres.


The applicant must be a member of one of the African partner organisations of SWIFT and must be contributing to one or more of SWIFT’s tasks or deliverables.

For more information on how to apply and on selection criteria you can download the Secondment-Proposal.

GCRF African SWIFT Fellowships: Call for Applications

Fostering women’s leadership in African weather forecasting and its societal impacts

African weather/climate researchers and applied scientists, especially women, are invited to apply for Fellowships sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African SWIFT) project, led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

The SWIFT Fellowships are an exciting opportunity for early-career researchers & professionals to expand their experience and independence in African meteorological research and gain leadership experience. Successful applicants will become valued contributors of the African-SWIFT project, which aims to develop sustainable research capability in tropical weather forecasting to enhance the livelihoods of African populations, and improve the economies of African countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The fellowships are open to early career researchers & professionals working in weather and climate research and applied social and natural sciences in the field of African weather prediction.

Fellowship applications must be aligned with the SWIFT research themes (See further details in the Fellowships Final Call document, below).

Applicants must be of Sub-Saharan African nationality, but may be based anywhere at the time of application.

Conditions of Appointment and Benefits

Fellowships must be between 12 and 18 months in duration.

The start and end timing of the fellowships is flexible within the following constraints: fellowships should begin between 1st March and 30th June 2020 and must end no later than 30th September, 2021; fellowships may be carried out as a split appointment, but must be carried out within the specified timeframe.

Fellows may apply to work with a SWIFT partner organisation in Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Niger or Kenya. SWIFT fellows will be paid at a very competitive salary commensurate with that of an early career lecturer salary in the host country of the fellowship. In addition, fellows may also apply for additional funds to cover travel and related costs, Host Institute costs and research costs, within reasonable limits.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is Friday 6th December 2019

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives of the SWIFT Programme. We anticipate that successful candidates will be notified by the end of January, 2020.

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