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Call For Applications: Biodiversity Information Development (Bid) Fellows 2021

Project Title: Capacity development for mobilization and use of Biodiversity Information Development (BID) data on endangered bird species in Kenya | BID-AF2020-014-NAC


The Biodiversity Information Development programme aims to establish a community of practice to improve data acquisition and sharing, analysis and scholarly publication using GBIF data. The project is focused on enhancing national-level capacity to use Biodiversity Information Development (BID) data on endangered bird species in Kenya under three objectives:

  1. Integrating GBIF Biodiversity Information Development data into conservation decision-making via conservation policy briefs created in collaboration with graduate students, early-career scientists, and conservation managers;
  2. Enhancing the use of BID data by graduate students and early-career scientists through the publication of peer-reviewed articles;
  3. Strengthening the capacity of conservation managers to collect policy-relevant biodiversity data through citizen science.

This call engages all eligible graduate students (Master or PhD levels), early career scientists and conservation managers in Kenya to submit their applications to the Center for Biodiversity Information Development (BID-C), Strathmore University.

Slots Available:

  • Graduate students: 6 (Masters – 4, PhD – 2)
  • Early career scientists: 6 (Former IFS grantees – 3, Open – 3)
  • Conservancy managers: 6
  • Applicants must demonstrate research interest in endangered bird species in Kenya
  • The student applicants must be registered in an accredited university (Masters or PhD) and currently in their research year in: Ecology, Wildlife Management, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity conservation, Zoology, Environmental science or related fields
  • Applicant conservation managers must be currently working in one of the Kenyan community conservancies and holders of at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Biodiversity conservation or related fields
  • Applicant early career scientists should have a demonstrable track record of biodiversity-related research supervision, currently working in universities or research institutions with at least 2 publications in peer-reviewed journals and supervised at least 1 student at the graduate level
  • Student and early career scientist applicants must demonstrate at least the basic knowledge in a statistical software for analysis (knowledge in R is preferred)
  • Step 1: Applications open on Saturday, 10th April 2021 and close on Friday, 23rd April 2021
  • Step 2: Shortlisting and panel review of applications and selection by 28th May 2021
  • Step 3: Notification of outcome to successful applicants by 30th April 2021
  • Step 4: Induction and programme commencement for selected BID Fellows 2021 on Monday, 10th May 2021
  1. Submit your current CV
  2. Submit your letter of motivation
  3. Conservation managers will be required to submit reference letters from the relevant umbrella organization e.g. KWCA, NRT etc. in addition to the above
  4. Student applicants will submit a letter of reference from their lead supervisor in addition to 1&2 above
  5. Student applicants will submit proof of registration as a student e.g. certified university admission letter (not confined to Kenyan universities)

Applications should be sent as a single file to vmuniu@strathmore.edu on or before Friday, 23rd April 2021 with the subject: Application for Biodiversity Information Development (BID) Fellows 2021

For any inquiries, kindly contact: vmuniu@strathmore.edu

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