Call for Applications: HI-AWARE Academy for Doctoral Students
20 Sep 2016

PhD Academy Results



University and Country


Salima Sultana Daisy

Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh


Sufia Khanom

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


Rinan Shah

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India


Gurvindar Kaur

Jawaharlal Nehru University


Niranjan Devkota

Tribhuvan University, Nepal 


Karamat Ali

Kathmandu University, Nepal 


Sitara Parveen

University of Bonn, Germany


Usman Iftikhar

Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan


About the HI-AWARE Academy

The ‘HI-AWARE Academy for Doctoral Students’ is a training program under the HI-AWARE initiative and is part of Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Regional Programme of ICIMOD. It aims to create an interdisciplinary network of PhD students and senior scholars in ‘Water and Adaptation Studies’ in the South Asian region. The selected students will be a part of the group of 6 other HI-AWARE supported PhD students. Regular meeting will take place every 9 months till September 2018 at different places in South Asia. The environment of the workshop will provide a unique opportunity for doctoral students to work together intensively to enhance individual research and engage in detailed discussions on common themes and methods with a group of scientists working in the south Asian region. Through presentations and focused sessions, students would be able to give and receive critical feedback on dissertation projects, fieldwork plans and preliminary results. Students will be asked to read the work of their peers and prepare for workshop presentations linking their own work to, broader international studies on water and adaption issues. Students may also get one-to-one supervision with a senior scholar in their respective field depending on their needs. Once selected, the doctoral student will have to attend 3 workshops spanning from November 2016 to August 2018. The students will get full funding to participate in the workshops and further help would be provided such as capacity building on writing, editing and tuning the research towards policy objectives on needs basis.

Himalayan University Consortium

Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) is a regional programme of ICIMOD. Its objective is to contribute to enhanced collaboration among the universities of the region and to promote centres of excellence on key topics relevant to the region. The aim is to build a dynamic mountain knowledge partnership among universities, ICIMOD, and regional member country partners to promote research and learning. ICIMOD and universities will work together to strengthen capacity by developing joint research and knowledge management programmes on contemporary topics and, in so doing, help ease some of the shortcomings that regional institutions may have in terms of capacity and funding.


The eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Doctoral student working on a dissertation topic related to Climate Change Adaptation and Water.
  • The student is enrolled at universities in South Asia or working in the south Asian region.
  • Applications are particularly welcome from students who are in the early fieldwork phase through the middle stages of dissertation writing.
  • Students who will submit the thesis by 2018 end.
  • Only students fromBangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are eligible to apply. Other nationalities will be considered if their focus is on south Asia but preference will be given to students from the countries mentioned above. Special preference will be given to women students.


 Application and Selection Process

 Your application should include:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A short letter of motivation (maximum 500 words), indicating why you wish to attend the workshop as well as the current state of progress of the doctoral work
  • A summary of the dissertation project (maximum 500 words), explaining topic, relevance, research question, methodology, and current stage of the dissertation project

These documents must be submitted by October 15, 2016. Selected candidates will be notified by October 30, 2016. There are eight seats available.

Please send the application electronically by the deadline at email – hi-aware@icimod.org

 Contact Info: 

Dr. Anjal Prakash.
Programme Coordinator
Himalayan Adaptation, Water and Resilience (HI-AWARE) Research, River Basins Programme
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel +977-1-5003222 Ext 273, Fax +977-1-5003277 Cell +977 9818672578

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