IPCC Scholarship

The IPCC Scholarship Programme has been  established with the funds received on the occasion of the 2007 Nobel  Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The first funding partner of the  Programme is Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Norwegian Prime Minister  and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. 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.

Criteria for the IPCC  Scholarship Programme 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;

*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


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.

Conditions for the IPCC Scholarship  Programme How to apply:
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 Email:

Incomplete applications, as well as  candidatures that do not fulfil the requirements will be disqualified.

Duration of study:
Normally between one year and 18 months,  subject to satisfactory progress during the period of study. A report  through the student’s supervisor is required to be sent to the Science  Board every six months. All scholars are also required to submit a final  report. Requests for renewal will require that students submit an  application for renewal, explaining the reason(s) for continuation, and  including a detailed work programme. Renewals may be awarded by the  Science Board based on the scholar’s performance during the first scholarship period. In order to evaluate such requests, the Science  Board will:
1) check for satisfactory reports submitted through the  supervisor, and

2) evaluate the student’s application for renewal.

Dates of study:
Awards will be granted in the fourth  quarter of 2010. Students should commence studies as soon as possible  thereafter.

Programme of study:
Applicants should specify the type of  study/research programme(s) they wish to undertake, consistent with the  topics mentioned under the section entitled “Fields of Study”, and draw  up a precise and comprehensive proposal. The proposal should also  indicate how the study aims to contribute towards strengthening the  capacity of the country or region of origin to address climate change  matters. This proposal could also be prepared in collaboration with an  academic host institution.

Although  it is preferable for applicants to indicate their proposed host institution, applicants can also apply for a scholarship without indicating a precise host institution in their proposal. In this case,  the IPCC Scholarship Programme’s Science Board may be able to suggest an  adequate host institution based on the student’s capabilities and  specific proposal.

If the  student would like to suggest a particular host institution then he/she must clearly indicate in their application form the institution’s address, the place of study as well as the name of the contact person  (including his/her phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail address) for  the institution. The student should obtain a letter of invitation from  the preferred host institution early in the process, so that this letter  can be presented to the Science Board before the awards are assigned.

Countries of study within the same region  as that of the candidate’s should be given preference. One of the aims  of the IPCC scholarship programme is to establish partnerships amongst  developing country research institutions that would continue beyond the  duration of the scholarship. Partnerships between developing and  developed country institutions will also be considered, if appropriate  for the proposed programme of study.

Estimated costs:
In  their application, the applicant should indicate the following:
1. Students will only attend one host  institution; however they may want to indicate more than one preferred  institution in their application form. If so, they would need to request  a letter of invitation from each institution which they have indicated  as being an option. Tuition fees  at the preferred host institution

2. Estimated travel costs Subsistence  and other costs

Scholarship amount:
With a view to ensuring equitable  distribution of funds, the IPCC Scholarship Programme applies standard rates for stipend and  other entitlements.

The  applicant should submit a detailed cost estimate for the duration of the studies. For one year, the maximum cost for living expenses only should  not exceed US $20,0003. It is expected that host institutions will  grant tuition fees; otherwise the programme will provide the tuition  fees. The scholarship should cover all expenses for students carrying  out their studies and research in most parts of the world for the study  period. Should the proposed study programme need additional funds, other  sources must be sought by the candidate to ensure completion of  studies. Written confirmation issued by other funding sources will be  required.

Insurance and  liabilities:
IPCC and WMO do not  accept any responsibility for the insurance of the scholar/beneficiary,  nor for costs arising from accidents and illness incurred during an  IPCC scholarship programme. Applicants for scholarships must prove to the satisfaction of the IPCC Secretariat that they have adequate medical  and accident insurance coverage, as well as other insurance deemed  necessary.
Candidates who have no access to health and accident  insurance may wish to contact the IPCC Secretariat for guidance.

The IPCC and WMO shall not be responsible  for any claims by any parties in the case of the loss of, or damage to,  property, or if death or personal injury occurs as a result of actions  or omissions on the part of the scholar during the scholarship  programme.

Evaluation of  applications:
The Science Board  of the IPCC Scholarship Programme will evaluate the technical and  substantive suitability of the request. The budget for a scholarship is examined and confirmed in conformity with the standard rates applied by  the United Nations system.

Selection  of beneficiaries:
1.The Science  Board of the IPCC Scholarship Programme will examine each application  with a view to ensuring conformity with the strategic objectives and  programme priorities, an appropriate match with the programme’s research focus, equitable geographical distribution and transparency.

2. Host institutions will be invited to  contribute to the programme as academic partners by covering tuition fees.
3. For shorter or longer periods, the maximum amount will be  adapted accordingly. For example, for 6 months, the maximum Scholarship amount (living  expenses only) will be US $10,000, and for 18 months, the maximum Scholarship amount (again for  living expenses only) will not exceed US $30,000.

*Application  Form

*Notes  To Applicants

Moreinfo: http://www.ipcc.ch/ipcc-scholarship-programme/ipcc_scholarshipprogramme.html