I am helping a colleague from West Africa apply to PhD opportunities primarily in the US, Europe, or Australia. In searching through potential programs/departments in the US, we have found several barriers that will make application too difficult and/or expensive for someone from West Africa.
I am wondering if anyone here knows of any lists of any climate or earth science departments that have any of the following:
- No application fee (or are able to waive the application fee for foreign applicants)
- No GRE requirement
- No English test requirement for native English speakers from West Africa (surprisingly, this has not always been the case! )
- Funding to help with getting a visa and travel to the country
Additionally, if anyone here is looking for a very bright and driven PhD student who is eager to do computationally focused research with open-source software in the broad areas of ocean-atmosphere interaction, biogeochemistry, the carbon cycle, or other climate system modeling, please reach out!
Though I am currently asking for a specific colleague, I work with many West Africans and am generally interested in the resources available to help any future interested applicants.