Makerere University Call for Research Support Applications

Deadline: 30th June 2023.

Makerere University Call for Research Support Applications

Makerere University, in partnership with Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Independent University of Bangladesh, Eduardo Mondlane University, and Pokhara University, with funding from Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED), is implementing a project, ‘Co-creating Knowledge for Local Adaptation to Climate Change in LDCs (COLOCAL).

The expected outputs of the project include strengthened educational and research capacity, improved knowledge on Locally Led Adaptation (LLA) and Community Based Adaptation (CBA) including delivering skilled knowledge co-creators, and partnerships to support needs-driven, locally-based and contextually sensitive adaptation. The outputs are anticipated to influence policy, planning and practice around LLA and CBA through collaborative learning and knowledge translation.

In line with targets and activities for 2023, COLOCAL project is offering research support for three (3) Master’s students who have completed their first academic year of taught classes at Makerere University and are interested in undertaking research under one of the following thematic areas.

Theme I: Knowledge Diversity and Local Adaptation to Climate Change

This theme is focused on building evidence on effectiveness and sustainability of diverse knowledges about climate risk and adaptation action. The expectation is to demonstrate the importance of linkages among scientific, indigenous, local, practitioner and other forms of knowledge.

Theme 2: Ecosystem stewardship and Local Adaptation to Climate Change

The theme aims at establishing the relationship between land use practices and vulnerability or resilience of people
and ecosystems to climate change impacts.

Theme 3: Equity and Climate Justice for Community Resilience

This theme covers understanding of distribution of adaptation burdens and benefits among community individuals and social groups; context specific inequities such as based on gender, ethnicity, disability, age, location and income, participation in decision making for climate action; engagement and fair consideration of diverse cultures and


  • A first degree (First Class or Second-Class Upper Division) from a reputable university in a field related to the focus of the project
  • Ugandan citizen below 35 years
  • Good command of English (spoken and written)
  • Demonstrated interest in LLA and CBA
  • Evidence of practical experience in conducting relevant research during and after undergraduate level Evidence of payment of all university fees and normal academic progress at the time of application
  • The programme being undertaken MUST have explicit content on climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Special consideration will be given to students with disabilities, financial challenges, students from ethnic minority groups, internally displaced students, among others
Scholarship and study/research conditions

• Availability to complete all research activities in a maximum of 12 months.

Scope of the scholarship

• The project will specifically provide support for field and other research activities only.

How to apply

Interested and eligible candidates should submit: Application letter with indication of the theme of interest, research concept note of not more than 2 pages, academic transcripts/certificates, an updated CV (including contacts of at least two referees) and two recommendation letters.

Send applications via email to: with copies to not later than 30th June 2023.

These contacts can as well be used for inquiries.