Funding, Study, Work Opportunities


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:

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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