Graduate Fellows in Urban Climate Resilience

Deadline: 1 February 2017 by midnight EST

The Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) invites graduate students from Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR to apply for an opportunity to spend one term (three months) in Toronto, Canada where the successful recipient(s) could pursue their own research and participate in the Canadian academic experience. The fellow will be based at one of two Toronto universities, the University of Toronto or York University, with the opportunity to join events at both institutions.

The fellowship will be self-directed with a focus on individual research and study related to urban climate change and resilience in Southeast Asia. The UCRSEA partnership addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Applicants are encouraged to refer to UCRSEA’s Conceptual Framework. To facilitate their research, fellows will have access to intuitional amenities, such as world-class libraries, archives and work space. The fellowship will also include attendance at relevant events such as seminars hosted by the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute and the York Centre for Asian Research, participation in the UCRSEA Partnership events, and UCRSEA’s virtual graduate student seminar series.

The project is a collaboration between academics in Canada and partners located in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Its initiating partners are the Thailand Environmental Institute Foundation (TEI), University of Toronto and York University.

To be eligible, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a national of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam or Lao PDR and a graduate student (master’s or PhD level) currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in one of these countries.
  • Your field of study and research interests should be related to urban environmental governance, sustainable cities, political ecology, impacts of and responses to climate change in urban communities, responses to environmental change by marginalized or vulnerable communities.
  • Able and eligible to spend three months in Toronto, Canada, pending approval of a Canadian visa.
  • English language capacity (please provide TOEFL or IELTS score as available)

The successful recipient(s) will receive airfare and related travel expenses, select fees related to visa acquisition, a living allowance, accommodation, health insurance, related academic fees as well as work space and access to library facilities at the host institution.

We seek to establish long-term relationships with students and as such, fellows would be expected to actively participate in the Partnership during and after your term in Canada, including involvement in the monthly Virtual Seminar series on urbanization and climate change with graduate students from across the world. While in Canada, you would be expected to engage with project activities and those of your host institution, in addition to your individual research and study.

As a Graduate Fellow in Urban Climate Resilience, you will have the opportunity to benefit from the guidance of the UCRSEA team members. You may also have the opportunity to participate in project workshops and/or other professional training.

How to apply

Interested applicants are asked to contact the Program Manager (Canada) at for an application form.

Applications are due 1 February 2017 by midnight EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to a short interview (conducted virtually). All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by 30 April 2017 for students applying for the Fall 2017 term (September-December 2017).

UCRSEA is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.



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