ICIMOD Doctoral Fellowship 2019


ICIMOD Doctoral Fellowship, 2019


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seek high calibre PhD students to work on research for better understanding the challenges faced by mountain societies and ecosystems in the HKH region and their solutions. ICIMOD is open to specific research questions/hypotheses within the following broad categories: 

Livelihoods: Air pollution and poverty linkages; Air pollution impacts on human health; Air quality management and governance in HKH – Institutions and Policies; Air pollution mitigation and policy; Air pollution impact on agricultural productivity; Vicious circle of poverty – exposure to pollution – poor health – poverty; Safe food production; Climate resilient agriculture in the mountains

Ecosystem Services: Open biomass burning (forests and agriculture) and its impact on soil and other ecosystems; Air pollution impact on ecosystems

Water and Air: Trace gas measurement/modelling; Aerosol measurement/modelling; Aerosol–cloud/monsoon interactions; Regional and urban air quality modelling; Persistent winter fog over the Indo-Gangetic Plain; Emission characterization and inventory development

Geospatial Solutions: Understanding transboundary air pollution using remote sensing techniques; Remote sensing of air pollution over complex terrain; Data analysis and visualization of chemical transport models; Developing supporting systems for improved predictability of chemical transport models; Understanding the impact of absorbing aerosols on glacier albedo


Application Open Date: 31 December, 2018

Orignial Application deadline: 31 January 2019

Extended Application deadline: 10 February 2019 (announced on 25 January 2019)


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Call for Abstracts: 2018 International Workshop for Young Scientists of the Hindu Kush Himalaya

The Second International Science Forum of National Scientific Organizations on the Belt and Road Initiative is to be organized by CAS with the theme: Science and Technology cooperation and sustainable development for the Belt and Road region. The 2018 International Workshop for Young Scientists of the HKH has been incorporated in the session on capacity building, personal training, and basic scientific research, with the aim of providing a platform for young students, researchers, and university and research institute administrators to exchange ideas for better collaboration.


The workshop will focus on climate change and sustainable development in the HKH. Major topics include:

  • Climate change
  • Disaster risk reduction 
  • Biodiversity and stable ecosystem
  • Water resources
  • Livelihoods and poverty reduction
  • Regional development
  • Education and knowledge dissemination

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HUC-IHCAP Glacier Monitoring Training 2018

Glacier mass balance, surface elevation, and area changes are Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) as defined by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They are among the most important climate indicators from a science-policy communication perspective because glacier change is often visible and easily quantifiable, and as a result, more comprehensible to the general public. For this reason, glaciers have become iconic climate change indicators. Consistent long-term glacier monitoring programmes, however, are sparse in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has collaborated with partners to build capacity and establish glacier mass balance programmes in the HKH since 2011. The Universities of Fribourg and Zurich, Switzerland, maintain multiple monitoring programmes in the Alps. As a core competence, they have built capacity in Switzerland, and internationally with partners in India and several countries in the Andean and Central Asian region. ICIMOD carries out HUC–IHCAP Glacier Monitoring Training for students and young professionals from its regional member countries (RMCs) in collaboration with Swiss and Indian experts to promote sustainable and consistent monitoring programmes. The main objective of the training is to educate participants on glacier monitoring and its relevance and context in view of cryosphere and climate science, and to teach and practice international monitoring method standards.

The training consists of a theoretical section (Part I) for a larger group of participants (maximum 20) and a field-based section (Part II) for a smaller group (maximum 9).

Part I will provide participants information on international strategies and monitoring protocols for glacier monitoring, and understand their relevance, context, and theoretical background. Methods will be taught, instruments demonstrated, and exercises conducted to help participants analyse and understand global glacier monitoring parameters. Trainees will be introduced to the health, safety, and risk aspects of field work at remote, alpine, high-altitude sites, and given instruction on how to reduce risks and respond to them. Trainings on altitude-related illnesses and basic mountaineering techniques are high priority.

Part II will have participants learning how to conduct measurements and apply their theoretical knowledge in the field. Participants will practise basic mountaineering skills and experience the high-elevation alpine environment with its risks and challenges.

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The Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has partnered with the Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) programme led by Oxfam to invite proposals for the HUC TROSA Water Research Grant on transboundary water resources governance in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna  and Salween basins. The aim of this call is to strengthen transboundary and regional collaboration across Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) countries through research, learning, education, capacity strengthening, and institution building. This grant programme will bring together research and practice-based institutions in the HKH region and encourage transboundary collaboration through south-south cooperation among academic practitioners. Institutions receiving the grant must use this funding to pursue concrete long-term transboundary collaboration plans.


The HKH region is the water tower of South and South East Asia. Ten major rivers originate here. The Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Salween river basins extend from the world’s tallest mountains, through floodplains and lowland systems to fertile wetlands, deltas, estuaries, and bays. All these rivers hold important cultural and religious significance for the countries they pass through. The waters and rich sediment loads also support fishery and agricultural systems of national and global significance contributing to the economic development of the countries. The waters connect nations and function as trade routes. Yet, millions of people in South and South East Asia do not have secure access to water. This is due to growing competition over natural resources caused by infrastructure development; agricultural, urban, and industrial expansion; and the effects of climate change which manifest as, among other things, floods and droughts that have increased in intensity and frequency in recent years. The transboundary nature of rivers with shared resources across borders provides an opportunity for cooperation in South and South-East Asia over how waters are governed and managed within and across borders.


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In order to assist the consolidation and sustainability of the network, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has provided a two-year grant to HUC as part of the Second Phase (2016–2019) of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP). The initiative is called HUC SDC Focus Grants and aims to contribute to IHCAP’s objective of advancing knowledge on climate science and promoting effective and sustainable adaptation measures. It seeks to upscale the impacts of interventions made by IHCAP to the larger HKH region and promote regional collaboration between institutions of higher education in India and those in neighbouring countries, under the continued support of Swiss expertise.

Thematic Areas & Requirements

The objective of the focus grants is to foster regional collaboration in higher education research and training in and for sustainable mountain development.

Institutional grant proposals are expected to focus on any of the nexuses among the thematic areas of Climate Change Sciences and Adaptation Measures listed below, which include:

  1. Water
  2. Ecosystems
  3. Landuse
  4. Air Quality
  5. Gender
  6. Migration
  7. "Nexus" approach - two or more thematic areas combined and addressed simultaneously in the context of climate sciences and adaptation measures (e.g. ‘Gender & Migration, or 'Water & Landuse').

Grant activities may range from primary data collection and analyses of existing data and preparation of international peer-reviewed publications, and development of adaptation strategies or policy briefs, to revising course syllabi/curricula, in any combination. However, trainings, workshops/conferences, exposure visits by faculties or students, and stand-alone curriculum building/revision are ineligible grant activities.

Applying (leading) institutions must be one of HUC’s Full Members. The proposal must also fulfill the following:

  1. The implementing partnership should consist of at least one additional HUC Full Member from a country other than that of the lead institution.
  2. The implementation of the grant must involve relevant expertise from research institutions in Switzerland.
  3. The linkage with one of HUC’s Thematic Working Groups is convincingly demonstrated (Annex 2).
  4. Adhere to the ICIMOD’s reporting, financial, and administrative requirements.

Previous grantees of HUC Seed/Seedling Grants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The costs of Swiss consultancy will be covered in addition to the grant’s budget. The lists of Swiss institutions and experts are available upon request.

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