START Advanced Institutes Series on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals

Closing date for applications: 10 March 2007 (postmarked)

START, in partnership with the Global Water System Project (GWSP), and with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the International Foundation of Science (IFS) invites applications for Institute Fellows to participate in the Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals to be hosted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft and the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Advanced Institute will have three components:

  1. a three-week long intensive Seminar to be held at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands; September – October 2007

  2. one-year research grants for successful Institute Fellows (Research phase:  2007/2008); and

  3. a synthesis workshop that will follow completion of the research (October 2008).

Eligibility:

The Advanced Institute is open to young scientists and professionals, 35 years of age or younger on 10 March 2007. They must be citizen and resident of a country in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Advanced Institute will be multidisciplinary and applicants with backgrounds in social science, natural science, engineering, management and public policy are invited to apply. Applicants must at a minimum have a masters’ degree and 2-3 years professional experience or have completed a PhD degree or be enrolled in a PhD program.

Institute Staff:

The Institute will have some of the most well known researchers in the field teaching the subjects. These will include experts from the Scientific Steering Committees of START, the Global Water System Project (GWSP), the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project (GECHS), and the Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Project (IDGEC) as well as staff from UNESCO-IHE, Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, and the International Foundation for Science. It will include experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the World Water Assessment Project. It will include a balance of international scholars and those who have focused specifically on Africa. 

Click here for more information. Further questions can be directed to info@unesco-ihe.org.