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Here is your latest summary of START announcements from September.  There seem to be many fellowship positions available at the moment along with some trainings, conferences and other opportunities.  You can always check our website or join our LinkedIn, or Facebook pages to see announcements as they are posted throughout the month (make sure you click "get notifications" on our Facebook page to see START updates in your newsfeed).

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Calls for Applications:

APEC Climate Center Training Program 2015 (9 October deadline)

The APEC Climate Center (APCC), located in Busan, South Korea, is hosting a training program on Generation of Regional Climate Data derived from Statistical Downscaling Techniques and is now inviting applications until 9 October, 2015. The 1-week training program aims to enhance climate change prediction skills by building in-depth understanding of statistical downscaling.  Read more about the APEC training here.


50 young innovators for the Global Landscapes Forum Youth in Landscape Initiative (11 October deadline)

Applications are now open for 50 young innovators (aged 18-35) to take part in the Global Landscapes Forum Youth in Landscape Initiative activities, in Paris from 1-4 December.  The Global Landscapes Forum is looking for 50 collaborative, compassionate and courageous young innovators to join them in Paris for an intensive leadership development and project accelerator program.  Read more about the Global Landscapes Forum training here.


AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science (15 October deadline)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science, established in 2010, recognizes early-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence in their contribution to public engagement with science activities. A monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration to the AAAS Annual Meeting, and reimbursement for reasonable hotel and travel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient.  Read more about the AAAS award here.


WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme (30 October deadline)

The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme is a co-operation between the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). They invite applications for one early career scientist (postdoctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output) residing and working in a developing country to conduct research for up to six months in 2016 at the WZB.   Read more about the WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme here.


University Academic Fellow in Decision-making and Preparedness for Climate Change and Extreme Weather (30 October deadline)

This University Academic Fellow will conduct impactful state-of-the-art research on decision making about preparedness for climate change and extreme weather, by taking an interdisciplinary approach based on behavioural decision making and environmental social science. The University Academic Fellow will have a joint position in the Centre for Decision Research at the Leeds University Business School and the Sustainability Research Institute at the School of Earth and Environment.   Read more about the University Fellow position here.



DAAD scholarships for MSc course in Tropical Forestry (30 October deadline)

DAAD scholarships are available for the 2016 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. This 2-year MSc course is unique and includes specific topics of climate change, carbon forestry, REDD+, agroforestry and land use change.  Read more about the DAAD scholarships here.


NatureNet Science Fellowships (31 October deadline)

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to solicit applications for the NatureNet Science Fellows program, a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship program aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change. Fellows will work with a Nature Conservancy mentor and a hosting senior scholar (or scholars) from one of the NatureNet partner universities to develop a research program.   Read more about the NatureNet Fellowships here.


2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship (11 November deadline)

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders is conducted as a merit-based open competition. Applicants must have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement, and a commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.  Read more about the Mandela Fellowship here.


MS in Marine Ecosystem Management and Climate Change (15 December deadline)

Nha Trang University (NTU) is calling for applications for the second cohort for its programme Master of Science in Marine Ecosystem Management and Climate Change. A collaborative course offering involving several well-known universities (University of Tromso and University of Bergen, Norway; University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka) in addition to affiliated universities (Auburn University, USA; Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia and others in Asia Pacific), the master’s degree programme is taught in English and the diploma is granted by NTU.   Read more about the MS programme here.


Russell E. Train Fellowships (1 March deadline)

Russell E. Train Fellowships from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree.   Read more about the Russell E. Train fellowships here.


USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project Government Training Financial Support Program (rolling deadlines)

Under a five-year contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that runs through September 2016, AECOM International Development is implementing the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project (“Adapt”) to assist eligible countries to gain improved access to finance for climate change adaptation. The Adapt Project has established a Government Training Financial Support Program, targeting government officials from 13 eligible countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam). Interested government staff are invited to apply for training courses.  Read more about USAID sponsored training here.

Calls for Proposals:

Future Earth Regional Offices in Africa (28 October deadline)

The Future Earth (FE) Secretariat has released a call for proposals to establish Regional Offices for Future Earth in Africa. This call follows the establishment of Future Earth Global Hubs and Regional Centres in many other regions of the world. In light of the urgency of establishing a Future Earth presence in Africa, Regional Offices are intended to provide a foundation for the later creation of a Regional Centre for Africa at one of the offices.   Read more about the FE Regional call for proposals here.


23rd Pacific Science Congress (31 October deadline)

The 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) will be held in Academia Sinica, Taiwan on June 13-17, 2016. The main theme of the PSC-23 is “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific.” The Organizing Committee of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress is announcing a Call for Symposium & Workshop Session Proposals for the Congress.  Read more about the 23rd Pacific Science Congress here.



Conference Registration and Call for Papers:

Registration Open: Regional Workshop for cities and local governments on the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC) (14 October deadline)

ICLEI Africa and eThekwini Municipality are proud to present a technical Southern Africa Regional Workshop for cities and local governments on the Durban Adaptation Charter (DAC). The technical workshop is convened under the auspices of the Local Climate Change for Africa Initiative and will be held at The Greyville Exhibition and Events Centre, Durban, South Africa on 14 -16 October 2015. The objective is to build and strengthen local government officials’ knowledge and understanding of the DAC.   Read more about the DAC workshop here.



Registration & Call for Papers: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (20 November deadline)

The Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa will take place 21-23 February 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa will focus on fostering African resilience and capacity to adapt”, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries.  Read more about the Symposium on CCA in Africa here.



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