As part of the Pan African Soil Challenge the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Ethiopia is offering a journalistic scholarship within the project “A bridge to Africa”. The scholarship includes a one-month stay at the German Research Centre in Jülich and a one-week trip to Accra.
The background of the call is that Forschungszentrum Jülich has won one of the main prizes in this year’s International Research Marketing ideas competition run by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project on the pan-African challenge of soil as a resource will build a scientific bridge between Forschungszentrum Jülich and African partners. It aims to support Africa to implement methods to make food production sustainable and secure.
In order to make the project known in the African scientific community as well as in the public we offer a scholarship for an African journalist.
Core activities of the project will be a supercomputing training at a fall school and a so-called Hackathon in Accra for excellent young (and senior) geo-scientists. A Hackathon is a gathering of scientists to work on specific software applications. Here it will focus on data modeling for soil-related food security. These two hands-on workshops offer African scientists an opportunity to get in contact with the latest methods of geoscientific research and to meet leading German science partners.
During your four-week stay in Jülich, you will work with the press office and support the communication’s team to initiate first project activities already. You will also get close insight into our geo-scientific research, meet scientists who organize the Pan African Soil Challenge project and get in contact with colleagues of international relations. On the other hand, we expect you to cover the project via your home medium, especially during the fall school and the Hackathon in Accra.
An African journalist (print, TV, radio or Social Media, for instance Blogs) who is devoted to the possibilities of modern science to tackle great societal challenges.