Graduate Fellowship in Urban Climate Resilience

Deadline: 1 February 2018, 12:00 noon (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. Fellows will be based at one of two Toronto universities, either 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 institutional 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 York University’s Centre for Asian Research, participation in the UCRSEA Partnership events, workshops and other professional training, and UCRSEA’s Virtual Graduate Student Seminar Series. Fellows will have the additional opportunity to benefit from the guidance of the UCRSEA team members.

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

To be eligible, applicants 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, related visa acquisition fees, 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 their term in Canada, including involvement in the monthly Virtual Seminar series on urbanization and climate change with graduate students around the world.

How to apply

Application instructions can be downloaded here. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2018, 12:00 noon (EST). Late applications will not be accepted.

Short-listed applicants may be invited to a short interview (conducted virtually). All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by 30 April 2018 for students applying for the Fall 2018 term (September-December 2018).

For more information, contact the Research Project Manager (Canada) at

The UCRSEA Partnership 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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