Saturday, January 5, 2019

ICIMOD Doctoral Fellowship 2019 in Nepal

ICIMOD seeks high calibre PhD students to work with them in better understanding the challenges faced by mountain societies and ecosystems in the region and their solutions. ICIMOD is not a degree granting institute; they seek students who are already enrolled in PhD programmes at accredited institutions. ICIMOD will host their research activities and ICIMOD scientists will co-supervise the PhD fellows. This PhD call focuses on the research topics given below.

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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


  • An allowance of USD 1,000 per month while at ICIMOD or at ICIMOD designated sites
  • Non-Kathmandu based PhD Fellows will receive an additional USD 200 per month for accommodation
  • PhD fellows who are enrolled at a university outside of Nepal will receive reimbursement for travel costs incurred when first travelling from and finally returning to home institute


ICIMOD aims to select two-thirds of the fellows from ICIMOD member countries, and for half the fellows to be women. Fellowships will be linked to the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC). The candidate should meet the following requirements:
  • Citizen of one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan; or any international student currently doing research on the above mentioned topics and specifically focused on the HKH region
  • Preference will be given to HUC member institutions
  • Must be an admitted/registered PhD student
  • Letter of support from PhD Supervisor and Head of Department should be provided
  • Letter from the Head of Institution confirming that an ICIMOD scientist will serve as co-adviser, committee member, or equivalent is required once short-listed
  • Candidates should be willing to work in an interdisciplinary team and have excellent analytical, technical, and communication skills
  • Must be willing to be based at ICIMOD headquarters or ICIMOD designated sites during the period of the fellowship

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be submitted online, along with the following documents:
  • Letters of support from PhD supervisor and Head of Department agreeing to ICIMOD terms and conditions mentioned above
  • Cover letter describing the motivation to apply, clearly mentioning the thematic area to which they are applying
  • Preliminary research proposal within the broader research areas mentioned above (2–3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including information on education, research experience, and, if applicable, list of publications
  • Selection and award decisions will be made by a selection committee formed by the ICIMOD management. The ICIMOD management will decide which ICIMOD scientists will serve as co-supervisors.
31 January 2019.