ICIMOD Travel Grant to August 2019 Cryosphere Forum

This Travel Grant call is for attendees to ICIMOD’s upcoming International Forum on Cryosphere and Society: The Voice of the Hindu Kush Himalaya, to be held from 28 to 30 August 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It will serve as a platform for discussions on the emerging and evolving topic of the cryosphere’s contributions, its relevance in the HKH context, the research developing in the space, and pathways towards increasing the resilience of HKH communities.

Following the very positive reception of The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People, published in February 2019, media coverage revealed widespread international interest in the state and fate of the cryosphere in the HKH region. In this forum, we intend to build on the key findings and recommendations of the Cryosphere Chapter (Chapter 7) of the HKH Assessment, address how they are related to the cryosphere's contributions, and assess their sustainability in the region.

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Partially Funded PhD Scholar Exchange Programme with Iceland

Within the framework of the mobility agreement between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Himalayan Unviersity Consortium (ICIMOD, HUC) and Reykjavik University (RU), Iceland, a partially funded student exchange mobility grant is open to one Nepali PhD scholar to travel to Iceland to participate in a PhD training course.

The School of Science and Engineering, Reykjavik University (RU), Iceland is initiating a research collaboration on water resources and hydropower production, and its socioecological implications in Nepal for Nepali PhD students. Candidates should be involved in ongoing research projects being undertaken in Nepal. Depending upon the quality of the proposal submitted by the candidate, a dual PhD diploma from RU and their Nepali home university can be envisioned. The exchange will take place over the course of the next three academic years (2019–2022) and can include up to two fully funded trips to Iceland (international travel and accommodation).

There is no provision of scholarship or any remuneration during the time the scholar is pursuing her/his programme in Nepal.

The thematic areas of interest include:

  • Water resources in mountain areas
  • Clean and renewable hydropower production
  • Socioecological impact assessments of water infrastructure
  • Resilience-based management of water resources
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Water supply and ecosystem services

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