Funding, Study, Work Opportunities


Session date(s): 11 June 2018 - 15 June 2018

Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling Short Course

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center invites applications for a 5-day short course, 11 -15 June  2018, that will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially-explicit agent-based modeling (ABM).

This course will guide you through the basic phases of the ABM research process: formulating a research question, specifying a model, creating a simulation and interpreting the output. The course combines lectures with hands-on model-building sessions where you will build a model using NetLogo to acquire basic and intermediate programming skills. More advanced students are welcome to build a model in a programming language of their choice.

Application Deadline: 2 April 2018

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Location: The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), United States of America
Application deadline: 31 March 2018

Graduate Research Assistantships

Up to three Ph.D. graduate research assistantships are available at Michigan State University in the areas of social-ecological systems, coupled human and natural systems, ecosystem services, and participatory research to support a pair of new, multi-year, multidisciplinary, NASA-funded projects addressing the socio-ecological effects of climate change and dam construction in the Lower Mekong River Basin (i.e. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam).

Mainland Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly changing region, where rapid urbanization and technological and economic development are increasingly shaping rural landscapes, ecosystems, and agrarian communities. In recent years, numerous dams have been (and are being) constructed along the Mekong River and its tributaries in order to meet the region’s growing appetite for energy, irrigation for agricultural intensification, and protection from extreme weather events. This highly interdisciplinary project aims to better understand the downstream social and ecological effects of dam construction in order to identify sustainable scenarios that address broader regional needs while preserving important ecosystem services and local livelihoods.

The Ph.D. students will use remote sensing and field-based social science research methods (e.g. ethnography, participatory research, participatory GIS, household surveys) to evaluate tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services, human well-being, and livelihoods in rural communities affected by upstream dam construction and climate change. The students will work with an interdisciplinary MSU-based team as well as with local partners and will at times be responsible for carrying out independent field research in Southeast Asia.

It is preferred that candidates have a master’s degree in conservation science, environmental studies, ecology, fisheries and wildlife, geography, sociology, anthropology, resource or environmental economics or other relevant fields. Students should have an interest in interdisciplinary research with strong analytical skills (qualitative and/or quantitative, depending on the position) and an interest in mixed-method approaches. Students should have excellent writing skills and the ability to work both independently and in teams in a variety of contexts, including fieldwork in rural communities. Some experience with geospatial tools and analyses is desired, as are familiarity with the region and proficiency (or willingness to learn) one or more local languages (Thai and Khmer).

There is some flexibility on home department depending on interests and experience. Students would be expected to start in the summer of 2018. Expressions of interest should be sent to Dr. Daniel Kramer, dbk

Deadline: 31 March 2018

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Location: Michigan State University , United States of America
Application deadline: 12 March 2018

Tenure Track Position

The Department of Geography at the National Taiwan Normal University invites applications for a tenure track position at all levels. The department seeks an outstanding candidate who will contribute to the Department's teaching and research in the field of human geography, in particular cultural geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography or urban environmental planning and design.

The appointment will be effective August 1, 2018 or February 1, 2019. The deadline for application is 12 March 2018. Each application should include a copy of his/her PhD certificate, a copy of identity card or passport, curriculum vitae (including a publication list), copies of last five years' publications, syllabi for intended teaching courses (3 courses, each within 500 words in either Chinese or English) and 2-3 reference letters. We sincerely encourage qualified candidates to apply.

NTNU is an established and growing prestigious university. The Department of Geography offers BA, MA, MS and PhD degrees. The city of Taipei is characterized by ample resources for conducting research and appreciating life. It is a global city with an Asian life style.

Please send application by postal mail to Ms. Joy Chiu, Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, #162 He-ping East Road Section 2, Taipei City, 10610 TAIWAN.

For candidates residing in a foreign country, send application with e-mail to joy

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For questions, contact Ms. Joy Chiu at Telephone: (886) 2-77341654, Fax: (886)2-23691770, or joy@

Location: Department of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Application deadline: 26 February 2018

Policy Communications Fellows Program, Population Reference Bureau

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Policy Communication Fellows Program. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is open to individuals from developing countries currently enrolled in academic institutions pursuing doctoral programs and who are between their 3rd and 5th year of studies. The goals of the Policy Fellows program are to understand the process by which research informs the policy environment; to learn how to communicate research to policy audiences in a way that encourages action; and to improve participants’ communication skills using a variety of format and platforms.

Developing-country applicants may be in any field of study but their research focus must be related to one or more of the following: Family planning and/or reproductive health (FP/RH); Contraceptive use/behavior; Maternal and child health (MCH), specifically family planning/MCH integration; Population growth; Adolescent reproductive health; Poverty, health equity, and connections with reproductive health; Gender issues, specifically gender-based violence (GBV), early marriage, and male engagement in family planning; Population, health, and environment interrelations.

More information including instruction on how to apply:

Deadline: 26 February 2018

Application deadline: 25 February 2018

Canada Research Excellence Chair in Migration & Integration

Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, has been selected to nominate a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration with a one-time investment of $10 million in funding over seven years. The university is currently in the active search for a global research leader to nominate for this Chair position. Applications should be emailed to cerc and will be accepted until 25 February 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Ryerson’s Centre for Immigration and Settlement is a leader in immigration studies, exploring migration, integration, as well as refugee and diaspora studies, and has a stellar track-record of creating knowledge that impacts policy and practices. The Chair will be particularly relevant in Ryerson, with its ethnically diverse faculty and student population, and based in Toronto, where immigrants make up more than half the population.

Location: Ryerson University, Canada
Posted: 08 January 2018

WorldPop Research Positions

The WorldPop programme, based at the University of Southampton, is seeking to recruit two researchers to assist with spatial demographic analyses in a number of low-income countries around the world. We require enthusiastic statistical analysts to work on a range of research projects relating to high-resolution predictive mapping of population distributions and demographics based on household survey, census and bespoke survey data, along with high-resolution geospatial covariate data layers. The work will be foundational to a new collaborative programme entitled GRID3 (Geospatial Reference, Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development) with partners at National Statistics Offices, the Flowminder Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, CIESIN and UNFPA, and will be used to guide projects ranging from population enumeration to delivery of health programs and alleviation of poverty. As well as joining the vibrant and well-connected WorldPop and Flowminder Foundation teams, you will have opportunities to lead high-impact publications.