Partially Funded PhD Scholar Exchange Programme with Iceland
Partially Funded PhD Scholar Exchange Programme with Iceland
  • published date 13 th May 2019
  • institution Reykjavik University, Iceland, 2019–2022

Call for Expressions of Interest

Partially Funded PhD Scholar Exchange Programme with Iceland

Reykjavik University, Iceland, 2019–2022

Open only to Nepali scholars enrolled at HUC member insitutions


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



The objective of the proposed mobility grant is to establish a research collaboration between HUC members in Nepal and RU. The primary goals are information exchange, research collaboration, and capacity building. Successful applicants are expected to:

  • Participate in PhD research activities and courses at Reykjavik University during their research exchange
  • Present their research to a relevant audience at Reykjavik University
  • Establish a research collaboration with Reykjavik University
  • Show an interest in enrolling in the Reykjavik University PhD programme and aim for a dual PhD degree



Interested scholars must be PhD scholars enrolled at an HUC member insitution in Nepal (including ICIMOD): Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, and Agriculture and Forestry University.

General good health and excellent English are mandatory. Women and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged groups are strongly encouraged to apply.



17 May 2019: Application deadline

20 May 2019: Shortlisting of selected candidates

20–24 May 2019: Interviews

24 May 2019: Selection of two candidates whose research proposals will be reviewed for final selection

30 June 2019: Submission of a draft research proposal by the two candidates

15 July 2019: Announcement of the awarded scholar (only one)

October 2019: Submission of a research plan to the RU PhD programme

Academic year 2020: First visit to Iceland to present the research plan

Academic year 2021: Meeting in Nepal with RU staff, and fields visits

Academic year 2022: Second visit to Iceland to present research results


EoI Requirements And Deadline

Please send in your application as a single pdf file that includes:

  • A motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • A curriculum vitae (max 2 pages)
  • A concept note (max 700 words, including references) detailing a research topic linked to at least one of the thematic areas listed above

to Dr David C Finger with a copy to by 17:00 Nepal Standard Time, 17 May 2019.

More information about Reykjavik University can be found online at and Dr Finger is available for further information by phone: +977 9823540569 (Nepali number), until 24 May 2019.

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