Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Scholarship Programme

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scholarship Programme has been established with the funds received on the occasion of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC.

Cambio Climático Photo: Sebastià Semene

The goal of this programme is to help strengthen the scientific and technical capability in developing countries to contribute to climate science and research and to develop and implement climate change policies and measures at the domestic and international level. It aims to provide a sound knowledge base and stimulate institutional strengthening in developing countries. Priorities will include research on climate processes, the impacts of climate change in the most vulnerable regions of the world, the potential for adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.The first funding partner of the Programme is Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Norwegian Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change.

Target candidates:
Graduate and post-graduate students from developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), wishing to pursue academic education and training, undertake advanced research and upgrade skills.

Priority attention:
• Candidates from developing countries, especially those from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the regions worst hit by droughts, floods, famine and changed patterns of precipitation

Entrance Requirements:
• University degree (BSc, MSc or PhD)
• Younger than 40 years of age

Additional qualifications:
• Applicants must have exceptional merit, and have demonstrated that they possess outstanding potential to address climate change and sustainable development issues in their country.
• Equal opportunity will be given to equally qualified women

Language proficiency:
Candidates must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.

Fields of study:
Proposals for this round of scholarships should focus on the following fields of study:
• Underlying science of climate change
• Impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems, water availability, health and agriculture
• Climate-related disaster management – institutional and organizational issues (this is of crucial importance in some of the most vulnerable societies)
• Climate modelling and assessment of impacts of climate change
• Adaptation and Mitigation options for different sectors and assessment of socioeconomic implications.

How to apply:
A completed application form(s) should be sent by 31 July 2010 to the:
IPCC Secretariat
C/o World Meteorological Organization
7bis Avenue de la Paix
C.P. 2300
CH- 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Phone : (4122) 730-8208 / 54 / 84
Fax : (4122) 730-8025 / 13

For more information, please see the website

List of Small Island Developing States
List of Least Developed Countries


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