START Advanced Institutes Series

Closing date: 15 March 2007

START is conducting a series of several intensive institutes to enhance the pool of trained young scientists from developing countries by engaging them in a network of researchers using cross-disciplinary approaches to address key issues of global environmental change and sustainable development.

An institute is comprised of three components: (1) an intensive training workshop at an international center of excellence; (2) follow-on research grants that provide an opportunity for fellows to apply knowledge and tools learned during the training workshop; and (3) a synthesis workshop to exchange results and experiences. All fellows receiving research grants are assigned mentors who serve as a resource, provide oversight to ensure the project stays on track, help expand the researchers’ network, and serve as advocates of the researchers in their home institutions.

Each institute addresses global environmental change issues of particular concern to developing regions that require new, multidisciplinary approaches spanning the natural and social sciences.

For more information, take a look at the web: or contact the START Secretariat.