Funding, Study, Work Opportunities


Submission deadline: 18 December 2017


With support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University (MSU), NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards are given to students, postdocs, and junior researchers (e.g., assistant professors) to cover expenses associated with attending the meeting of US-IALE (U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology), which will be held during April 8-12, 2018, in Chicago, USA (

The application materials include a cover letter, application form, abstract (as it was submitted to the US-IALE meeting site), resume/CV, and budget.  Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals.

Presentations (oral or poster) should focus on telecoupling (environmental and socioeconomic interactions over distances, such as human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, sound/noise transmission, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism). Topics may include applications of the telecoupling framework to address issues across landscapes or coupled human and natural systems (e.g., dynamics, pattern, process, structure, function, and sustainability). For more information about telecoupling, please see .

Applicants from around the world (except former award recipients) are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is 18 December 2017.

More information about the NASA-MSU Program is available at the web site  and the application form is available at

Submission deadline: 15 November 2017

INGSA Research Associate Grant Programme

The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is a collaborative platform for policy makers, practitioners, national academies, and academics to share experience, build capacity and develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government.

In line with this mission, INGSA is offering six professional development and research grants to support early-to-mid career researchers or policy practitioners in Low and Middle Income Countries. Each grant recipient will manage and conduct a project of their choice in line with the priority research theme outlined in the Call for Applications. Successful applicants will become INGSA Research Associates for the period of the grant (March 2018 - February 2019).

Submission deadline: 15 November 2017
For more information, see

Submission deadline: 17 October 2017

Associate Professor of Globalization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation

The position is at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section for Geography Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen.  The position is associated with the research group Environment and Society in Developing Countries, which is one of four research groups in the Section for Geography. The purpose of the position is to strengthen and develop ongoing research on the interaction between the globalization of agriculture and socio-economic dynamics in rural areas that are undergoing transformations. The research will have a specific focus on Africa and Asia. The position will also strengthen teaching in development geography and globalization processes in agriculture analyzed through local and global value chains.

Applicants are required to have a strong and proven record of research within the field described above. Thorough knowledge of methodological issues in global value chain analysis is required and experience from policy formulation is considered an advantage. Experience with field work in Africa and/or Asia is also a requirement. Moreover, applicants must have a keen interest in collaborative research and documented experience from joint research projects is an advantage. Proven records of successful applications for external funds are essential as the successful applicant is expected to seek research funds either independently or in collaboration with other researchers. 
Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio. Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training programme for assistant professors is required. Experience with conducting field based teaching in developing countries is an asset.

For more information see  Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Claus Beier, cbe  Application due: 17 October 2017

Further information on the Department can be found at:

Location: Denmark
Posted: 11 October 2017

Spatial Epidemiologist

ICF has an opening for a Spatial Epidemiologist for its Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports the collection of demographic and health data through nationally representative population and facility-based surveys.

The Spatial Epidemiologist will primarily focus on using spatial analysis techniques to analyze demographic and health issues using the DHS survey data. Tasks will include: creating spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making, developing and conducting research and analysis of DHS spatial and survey data, collaborating with other staff to integrate geographic data in their analyses, writing analytical reports for publication, management and oversight of spatial data coming in from the field, and providing guidance on appropriate data use. Creation and use of interpolated (gridded) surfaces is an expanding field within the DHS and will be one area of focus of the position. The Spatial Epidemiologist would also be involved in other cross-cutting projects at ICF with a need for geo-spatial analysis including biodiversity and health, nutrition and agriculture.  Some travel internationally is possible but would likely be less than 15% of the time. The full-time position is based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).

For more information, see

Location: United States of America
Posted: 11 October 2017

PhD Fellowships/Assistantships

Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated PhD students to conduct innovative and high-impact research at the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (

Research topics may include telecoupling (socioeconomic- environmental interactions over distances, through means such as flows of ecosystem services, trade of goods and products, globalization, migration, species invasion, disease spread, and tourism,,  sustainability science, coupled human and natural systems, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, systems integration (e.g., integration of ecology with social sciences and policy; food-energy-water nexus), wildlife ecology and conservation (e.g., giant pandas in China and polar bears in Alaska), land change science, and systems modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS. With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2018), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) statement of professional goals, (3) CV or resume, (4) transcripts, (5) GRE scores, (6) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (7) list of 3-4 references (names and contact information), and (8) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible, or until the positions are filled.  Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to:

Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
liuji (email)

Location: Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS), Michigan State University, United States of America
Event date(s): 11 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

Call for applications: Research course: Adding the Geographic Context to Demographic Analysis

The Centre for Economic Demography at Lund University will hold the research course “Adding the Geographic Context to Demographic Analysis” on September 11-15, 2017. The course will cover methods and theories in historical demography and GIS and will be fully hands on.

Application is competitive and the deadline for submission is 15 April 2017.

For more information please consult:

Location: Lund University, Sweden
Event date(s): 10 July 2017 - 14 July 2017

PhD Summer School 'Research on Sustainable Development’

The University of Basel invites PhDstudents to the 4th international and interdisciplinary PhD Summer School 'Research on Sustainable Development'. The school will take place from 10 – 14 July 2017 at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

This year's Summer School examines the interlinkages between sustainability and risk issues throughout all disciplines. In an inspiring interdisciplinary setting we will discuss and analyse approaches that conceptually and empirically link questions of sustainability and risks. The School will be highly interactive.

Outstanding experts from social and natural sciences as well as economics will enrich the discussions and comment on the participants' presentations:

    Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
    Prof. Dr. Alexander Zehnder, visiting professor, Nanyang Technological University NTU, Singapore
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgärtner, University of Freiburg, Germany

The School is open to advanced PhD students who research in the field of sustainability and risks and who are passionate about furthering the interdisciplinary discourse on sustainability.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2017. The number of participants is limited. There will be no attendance fee. For further information, see

Location: University of Basel, Switzerland
Event date(s): 03 July 2017 - 15 July 2017

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation

The São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change: Scientific basis, adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation will take place at the University de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil. The School is organized by the INterdisciplinary CLimate INvestigation cEnter (INCLINE)  and the Inter-­American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), and sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Pró Reitoria de Pesquisa/University of São Paulo (PRP/USP), IAI and Santander.

The IAI is an intergovernmental organization established by 19 countries of the Americas that pursues the principles of scientific excellence, multinational collaboration in global change research, and the full and open exchange of scientific information.

The goal of the school is to provide graduate students with advanced knowledge on climate change science and related topics: Observations and future projections; impacts; vulnerability; adaptation and mitigation; and the Paris Agreement: How to reach the 1.5°C target, including aspects of public policy. Participants will discuss with renowned scientists important themes of the three IPCC Assessment Report 5 Working Groups, in a multidisciplinary and multicultural context. The program will include theoretical classes, work in groups, a poster session, science-policy discussions, and visits to key institutions in the State of São Paulo conducting climate change research with policy applications.

This School is for graduate students and early career scientists. Priority will be given to candidates currently enrolled in graduate programs (Masters/MSc and Doctoral/PhD courses). About 100 students, 50 from Brazil and 50 from other countries, will be selected to participate in the School. A limited number of travel grants is available. 

Application Deadline: 31 March 2017. Application Form:

For more information, see

Location: Brazil
Event date(s): 19 June 2017 - 23 June 2017

Call for applications: Summer School “Demography, Human Capital and Economic Growth”

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in collaboration with Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI)  and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) is hosting the first Asian summer school on how demographic trends and improving educational attainment impact on economic growth around the Asia region. This will also include discussions about the so-called first and second Demographic Dividends and on the role of human capital as a determinant of economic development. Leading international scholars from the US, Europe and Asia will give lectures providing overviews of the state of knowledge in these fields.

Participants in the summer school will typically be pre-docs or recent PhDs. Applications will be considered from around the world. The number of participants is limited to 20. Acceptance is highly competitive. A number of participants will receive bursaries for travel and living expenses in Shanghai (upon request). There is no tuition charge. 

Application deadline: 24 March 2017.  Contact: Samir KC kc or Yu Zhang

Location: Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), Shanghai University, China
Posted: 13 March 2017

Alpbach Scholarship Programme

The grant to participate in the Seminar Week and the Alpbach Symposia is available to young people up to 30 years of age. Applications from all countries (except Austria) and academic disciplines, are welcome and artists and non-graduates are encouraged to apply.

The basic scholarship covers the participation fee for all events at the European Forum Alpbach 2017. Should recipients not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of their stay in Alpbach, they can apply for an additional grant providing accommodation and a daily allowance for food and drink (please indicate this in the online application). Travel costs cannot be refunded.

Please note that the European Forum Alpbach Foundation and its partner organisations support international applicants. Austrian applicants should refer to one of the Austrian Clubs and Initiative Groups (Forum Alpbach Network).

The online registration will start on 20 February 2017. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017.  For information on the application documents required, see

Posted: 13 March 2017

Call for funding proposals: Transformations to Sustainability

Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have created unprecedented challenges for societies worldwide, with Low- and Middle-income countries (LMICs) often the most affected.

The slow progress on responding to global environmental change and the need for global development has led to increasing emphasis, both in research and policy, on the need to go beyond the study and encouragement of incremental change.

There is a need for more fundamental transformations in the way societies interact with each other and with the natural environment. What's needed is a comprehensive and concerted research initiative that can boost research on transformations to sustainability, and catalyse new kinds of solutions to environmental and social challenges.

The Belmont Forum, NORFACE and the ISSC together as the Transformations to Sustainability funders, are therefore launching the new funding programme 'Transformations to Sustainability'(T2S).

The funding call includes a total pool of at least €13 million over a period of three years, for international projects led by the social sciences or humanities. Inter- and Trans- disciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Outline proposals are invited by 5 April 2017.  For more information, see

Posted: 13 March 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – 2017/2018

Wits Demography and Population Studies Programme, an interdisciplinary initiative of the Schools of Public Health and Social Sciences University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, invites highly motivated early career individuals to apply for Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on New Methods for Understanding African Demography and Family Transition Research.

Applications will be open until the positions are filled.

For more information please see:

Location: University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Posted: 13 March 2017

Intern - Platform on Disaster Displacement

The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) was established on 1 July 2016 to follow up on the work started by the Nansen Initiative and to implement the recommendations of the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced Persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change (Protection Agenda).

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

• Assist the Policy Officer with the implementation of the workplan and with information management.
• Assist the Policy Officer with relevant disaster displacement research, analysis and policy review.
• Assist the Communication Officer with the monitoring and development of content for the website and social media.
• Assist with the preparation of, and reporting from, meetings organized by the Coordination Unit (e.g. Steering Group meetings, meetings of the Advisory Committee, internal meetings, side events etc.).
• Attend relevant external meetings and report back by drafting minutes and summaries.
• Contribute to submissions, background notes and policy briefs of the Coordination Unit as appropriate.
• Support communication with Advisory Committee Members. Support dissemination of the Nansen Initiative Protection Agenda.
• Perform other research and administrative tasks as required.

The application deadline is 19 March 2017. For more information, see

Posted: 13 March 2017

Call for applications: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) postdoctoral program

The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.

Eligibility criteria:

• Candidates should have their PhD at the time of taking up the appointment and are expected to have a proven record of research accomplishments, and a solid working knowledge of English
• Candidates should have held their PhD for less than five years at the application deadline
• The fellowship requires you to be present at IIASA (The typical period for IIASA-funded postdoctoral support is 12-24 months). Please do not apply if you need to be away from the institute to do your research or expect IIASA to fund field research overseas
• Preference will be given to applicants who are nationals of countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization
• IIASA does not do lab-type research and therefore has no labs

Application deadline: 1 April 2017. For more information, see