Funding: University of Ohio presents Opportunities for Graduate Study: Local Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation in Tanzania
Closing date: 15 February 2010
Two two-year research assistantships at the M.A. level are available through a new project on local knowledge and climate change adaptation in Tanzania supported by the National Science Foundation’s Geography and Spatial Science (GSS) Program. The project -Linking Local Knowledge and Local Institutions for the Study of Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change: Participatory GIS in Northern Tanzania – investigates the myriad ways in which human, social, and institutional capital enable households and communities to draw on local knowledge and outside specialist knowledge to moderate the negative effects of greater climatic instability on rural livelihoods.
In addition to completing required courses for the MA program over two academic years (2010-2011 and 2011-2012), the successful candidates will contribute to an international interdisciplinary research project. We expect applicants to develop a thesis project that contributes to the project’s research objectives.
One graduate research assistant will work on the development of online multimedia applications derived from a participatory GIS. Background or interest in cartography and web-based mapping is desirable.
A second research assistant will work with the research team on the implementation of the project’s participatory field methodology and contribute to data analysis. The student’s interests should be focused on environment-development interactions (e.g., the dynamics of resource access, political, environmental or cultural-linguistic dimensions of local knowledge systems, gendered aspects of climate change adaptation). Proficiency in Kiswahili or interest in learning Kiswahili at Ohio University is a plus.
The assistantships include two academic years of tuition waiver and stipend for students enrolled in the Geography M.A. program. Additional support is available for student field research activities in Tanzania.
Eligible students may also apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from OU’s Center for African Studies http://www.internationalstudies.ohio.edu/app-info/flas.html
The application deadline is February 15 for Fall 2010 admission.
For more information please contact Tom Smucker firstname.lastname@example.org Visit http://jupiter.phy.ohiou.edu/Departments/Geography/application_admission.html
Application and Admission
If you are considering applying, please read the graduate handbook and contact the Graduate Chair, Dr. Geoffrey Buckley, who can answer your questions. Applicants to the master's degree program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States university or an equivalent degree from an international institution. In addition, applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Our application deadline to be considered for financial aid is February 15. Please note that applicants must follow the Graduate College’s application procedures and submit the appropriate documents to the Graduate Office. The following materials should be sent directly to the Department of Geography, addressed to the Graduate Chair.
• Arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to the Department. International applicants are not required to take the GRE.
• Statement of Purpose, which describes why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree in this department, what s/he intends to get out of the program, and how the degree will support his or her academic or career goals. The statement is very important in helping the admissions committee evaluate the applicant’s qualifications and “fit” with the program.
• Three letters of reference, sent individually from each referee. The referee should be able to address the applicant’s academic ability, work ethic, and suitability for this program.