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AusAID and EU Post graduate scholarships in climate change (Univ. South Pacific)


In 2012, USP through the Pacific Centre for Environment & Sustainable Development (PACE-SD) will offer scholarships in Climate Change through its European Union funded Project and Future Climate Leaders Project. T

hese scholarships are available to citizens of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) for full-time studies, based at USP's Laucala Campus, for Post-graduate Diploma, MSc and PhD Programmes in Climate Change.


PACE-SD offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change (PG Dip CC).

Like other PG Diplomas, it comprises of 4 courses over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. All students taking this Diploma will be required to take two courses, namely Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (EV414*) and Climate Science (EV415*). Some of the other courses which can form part of this Diploma will include but not be limited to Disaster Risk Management (EV424*); Environment Impact Assessment / Strategic Environment Assessment (EV425*); Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (EC415); Regional Environmental Law (LW452*); Advanced Research Methods (SC400; DG400 or ED459 - strongly recommended for those aspiring to pursue Masters Degree); Natural Resources & Environment (EV402); Advance Pacific Biogeography & Conservation (GE407); Biodiversity & Conservation (BI442); Environmental Change in the Pacific (GE409); Photovoltic Power Generation (PH414) and Environmental Change & Green Development (DV422). Other relevant courses can be included with the approval of the PACE Director. The courses marked (*) will be offered by DFL (online) in 2012. This Postgraduate Diploma will be relevant to those engaged in planning for natural resources management, economic and social development, and/or the natural environment, especially graduates working in government or NGOs who are not yet familiar with climate-related issues but need to be so.


PACE-SD invites applications from qualified graduates in relevant disciplines who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD degree though applied research on climate variability and change. Possible research topics in climate change may include (but not limited to):

  1. Climatological analysis and interpretation of the observations or model generated data sets for developing future climate change scenarios at regional, national and local scales,
  2. Scientific analysis of the impacts of likely climate change on a particular community or sector,
  3. Developing a scientific and/or technical aspects of community adaptation project,
  4. Social or economic analysis of adaptation projects or policies,
  5. Developing policy guidelines for effective governance of issues affecting vulnerability to, or measures to adapt to climate change;
  6. The impact of ocean acidification on coral reefs and its implications for coastal adaptation measures.

A Masters degree at USP requires one year of full-time study, in the form of a supervised research project subsequent to completion of their PG Diploma. A PhD normally requires at least 3 years of full-time study after a Masters degree.


The scholarship covers tuition fees and air fares from/to home country (if outside Fiji) at the beginning and end of the scholarship tenure. Each scholar receives a living allowance of about F$11,088 per year (plus an allowance for accompanying dependents in some circumstances). Scholarship holders are not permitted to be in paid outside employment while holding a scholarship.However, in special cases, the scholarship selection committee may consider supporting employed professionals from regional countries aspiring to enhance their professional skills in climate change through pursuance of PGDip or Masters Programme by providing them funding to cover University tuition fees. For Masters and PhD students, the University will also pay towards reasonable research costs, and extensive field work within the region can be part of the research project. Scholarship holders at Masters and PhD level will be expected to contribute to USP's ongoing teaching and research activities, as decided by PACE-SD Director, depending on the ongoing activities being conducted at PACE-SD. Successful applicants will be expected to take up their scholarships in Semester 1 of the 2012 Academic Year.


Applicants wishing to enroll for the PG Dip CC should be graduates in relevant science or humanities subject with a grade-point average of 3.0. In exceptional circumstances applications can be made under the criteria of Admission with standing. Appliants for a Masters degree should normally have completed a Postgraduate Diploma (or equivalent) while applicants for a PhD should normally have completed a Masters degree. The University recognises that there are special circumstances in which some applicants without these pre-requisites may be eligible for enrolment in these degree programmes.

More details can be obtained in the University Calendar at www.usp.ac.fj/calendar<http://www.usp.ac.fj/calendar>.

Applicants should indicate a broad research topic and specify whether they are interested in pursuing a Masters or a PhD degree. For preliminary academic inquiries about climate change research at USP, please contact the Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development:

email: lal_m@usp.ac.fj<mailto:lal_m@usp.ac.fj> or see www.usp.ac.fj/pace<http://www.usp.ac.fj/pace>