Call for applications: Honours fellowship in private land conservation 2018

The Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University is offering an honours project to measure the extent to which private protected areas in South Africa are resilient in preventing land use change (i.e., shifts away from natural landscapes to degraded landscapes, farming, urbanization, mining, etc.). This project will use data from an existing spatial database of private protected areas in South Africa, together with existing land cover maps and remote sensing. The successful candidate will be co-supervised by Dr Alta De Vos at Rhodes University, Dr Hayley Clements and Prof Oonsie Biggs at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University.

Funding: Honours full-time over 1 year: R 40,000

Requirements: Students applying for this project should currently be registered for a relevant Honours degree at a university in South Africa. All candidates should show evidence of strong scholarly performance. Experience in and/or ability and eagerness to learn to use ARCGIS is desirable. Applications are particularly invited from South African nationals, especially women and candidates from previously disadvantaged groups.

To apply: Interested candidates should send:

  • a motivation letter (detailing your previous experience and your general area of interest),
  • a CV that includes your academic record, any previous work experience and the names of at least two academic referees,
  • transcripts of academic qualifications,
  • at least one example of recent written work (e.g. a university assignment).

Please submit your applications electronically to

We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, but latest by 23 February 2018

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