UCRSEA Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2017.2018

The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA), located in the Asia Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a one-year UCRSEA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Climate Change Resilience. Research proposed must be pertinent to UCRSEA’s focus on building urban climate change capacity, particularly in the Mekong region. The Fellowship will commence 1 September 2017, with an annual salary of C$45,000 plus benefits.

The 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. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region. Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social and physical impacts of climate change.

The successful applicant is expected to reside in Toronto, Canada during the term of the Fellowship, and will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the Munk School of Global Affairs and larger University of Toronto community during the 2017.2018 academic year. Support for conference and research travel in Southeast Asia is available.

Preference will be given to applicants who have received their PhD in a relevant discipline within the three years prior to the start date of the UCRSEA fellowship (i.e. July 2014 or later). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the UCRSEA team.

Core responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:

  • Conducting research of relevance to the UCRSEA project;
  • Presenting two research seminars at the Munk School of Global Affairs;
  • Preparing an original, full-length research paper for publication as part of the UCRSEA Paper series;
  • Participating in the UCRSEA Virtual Graduate Student Seminar.

Other responsibilities, to be identified with UCRSEA partners and directors based on the fellow’s interests and UCRSEA’s research agenda, could include:

  • Planning UCRSEA conferences, events, or workshops, in conjunction with UCRSEA partners;
  • Preparing research papers for publication as part of the UCRSEA Papers series;
  • Participation in other UCRSEA research projects and initiatives; and
  • Providing research assistance and support to the UCRSEA Co-Directors.


The deadline for applications is 28 February 2017 at noon (EST). The committee will notify applicants of their decision by 31 March 2017.

Application instructions can be found here.

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