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Oppenheimer Impact Scholarship 2022/24 (Africa)

About the award

The University of Exeter and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation are recruiting an Oppenheimer Impact Scholar to take part in a project on improving information quality for sustainable rangeland management in partnership with Conservation South Africa (CSA).

Part of the Oppenheimer Programme in African Landscape Systems (OPALS:, this project presents a fantastic opportunity for a scholar from an African nation, who is passionate about promoting ‘futures literacy’ in society, to study and participate in work that aims to operationalise the use of data to inform rangeland management in southern Africa, improving the accessibility and value of information to land-managers and policy-makers.

The comprehensive scholarship for this training post includes:

  • the tuition fee to study the MSc Applied Data Science (Environment and Sustainability) at the University of Exeter starting in September 2022 with a stipend of £15,851 to cover UK living expenses for one year;
  • £818 to cover the associated student visa and health surcharge costs;
  • a salary of 15,000 ZAR per month while undertaking a work-based internship employed by the CSA in South Africa for a following 12 to 18 months; and
  • a training support grant of £2,000. 

The successful applicant will also enjoy being a member of a large team of 20 scholars through the wider programme of foundational and applied research activity, working with Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation and other partners across the Continent. They will be supported to engage with the broader OPALS activity, such as events at Exeter, presenting their findings at research conferences, contributing to reports on project activity, and ensuring that all outputs (data, models, publications etc.) are ultimately made available open access for wider benefit.

Entry requirements

You can apply for this training post scholarship if you:

  • are a citizen of an African Nation and are classified as an International student for fees purposes;
  • have obtained or expect to obtain a qualification equivalent to a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, in an appropriate area of science or technology;
  • have a technical foundation in rangeland management, sustainable development, physical geography, conservation science, environmental science, computer science or a related subject;
  • have basic numeracy and programming skills to enable you to undertake basic quantitative analysis of environmental data; and
  • can demonstrate an understanding of rangeland management options, a willingness to conduct fieldwork in remote locations, and a passion to inform ecosystem management to sustain ecosystem services and have a positive impact in society.

You will also need to be able to work and drive in the Republic of South Africa.

For additional information about this project, including the workplan, person specification and selection criteria, please refer to this webpage.

How to apply

You should apply for both the MSc Applied Data Science (Environment and Sustainability) and for the scholarship training post by the closing date of midnight BST on 26 June 2022.

  • If you are not already holding an offer for this MSc programme then please apply promptly as you must be holding an offer of a place by 6 July 2022 to be considered.
  • The training post application form is here.

As part of your training post application you will be asked to upload several documents:

  • Covering letter of application in English (2-page maximum, outlining your academic interests, prior research experience, and motivation to undertake this project).
  • CV (2-page maximum, please refer to person specification for the areas of assessment).
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (if you are still studying this should be an interim transcript).
  • Evidence of meeting the English language requirement for the programme (if required). 

You will also be asked for names and contact details of two referees familiar with your academic/professional work. You are not required to obtain references yourself. We will request references directly from your referees if you are shortlisted.

For shortlisted candidates, interviews will be held virtually on 13 July 2022. The successful applicant will be required to sign a tripartite agreement with the University of Exeter and the CSA.  

If you have any general enquiries about the application process, please visit or phone +44 (0) 1392 661000. Project-specific queries should be directed to Dr Andrew Cunliffe ( or Dr Heidi-Jayne Hawkins (


Application deadline:26th June 2022
Number of awards:1
Value:training post: tuition fee; stipend; paid internship and allowances
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: +44 (0) 1392 66100