The UCRSEA Partnership offers several funding opportunities for students and researchers in Southeast Asia and in Canada. As a partnership, one of the key goals of the project is to develop a network of researchers and urban practitioners in the Mekong Region concerned with urban climate resilience, and these funding opportunities are intended to support this effort. Successful applications will demonstrate a clear link to the UCRSEA project’s themes, sites and objectives.

The Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) has provided funding to graduate students to carry out field or desk-based research related to urbanization and climate change resilience in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Lao PDR.

Deadline: 1 February 2018, 12:00 noon (EST) (CLOSED)

The Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) invites graduate students from Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR to apply for an opportunity to spend one term (three months) in Toronto, Canada, where the successful recipient(s) could pursue their own research and participate in the Canadian academic experience. Fellows will be based at one of two Toronto universities, either the University of Toronto or York University, with the opportunity to join events at both institutions.

The fellowship will be self-directed with a focus on individual research and study related to urban climate change and resilience in Southeast Asia. The UCRSEA partnership addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Applicants are encouraged to refer to UCRSEA’s Conceptual Framework.

To facilitate their research, fellows will have access to institutional amenities, such as world-class libraries, archives and work space. The fellowship will also include attendance at relevant events such as seminars hosted by the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute and York University’s Centre for Asian Research, participation in the UCRSEA Partnership events, workshops and other professional training, and UCRSEA’s Virtual Graduate Student Seminar Series. Fellows will have the additional opportunity to benefit from the guidance of the UCRSEA team members.

The partnership is a collaboration among academics in Canada and partners in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Its initiating partners are the Thailand Environmental Institute Foundation (TEI), the University of Toronto and York University.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a national of Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam or Lao PDR and a graduate student (master’s or PhD level) currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in one of these countries.
  • Your field of study and research interests should be related to urban environmental governance, sustainable cities, political ecology, impacts of and responses to climate change in urban communities, responses to environmental change by marginalized or vulnerable communities.
  • Able and eligible to spend three months in Toronto, Canada, pending approval of a Canadian visa.
  • English language capacity (please provide TOEFL or IELTS score as available)

The successful recipient(s) will receive airfare and related travel expenses, related visa acquisition fees, a living allowance, accommodation, health insurance, related academic fees as well as work space and access to library facilities at the host institution.

We seek to establish long-term relationships with students and, as such, fellows would be expected to actively participate in the Partnership during and after their term in Canada, including involvement in the monthly Virtual Seminar series on urbanization and climate change with graduate students around the world.

How to apply

Application instructions can be downloaded here. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2018, 12:00 noon (EST). Late applications will not be accepted.

Short-listed applicants may be invited to a short interview (conducted virtually). All applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by 30 April 2018 for students applying for the Fall 2018 term (September-December 2018).

For more information, contact the Research Project Manager (Canada) at

The UCRSEA Partnership is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.

The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA), located in the Asia Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, invites applications for a one-year UCRSEA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Climate Change Resilience. Research proposed must be pertinent to UCRSEA’s focus on building urban climate change capacity, particularly in the Mekong region. The Fellowship will commence 1 September 2018, with an annual salary of C$45,000 plus benefits.

The Partnership addresses vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia with the goal of enhancing resilience and, hence, economic and social well-being. Individual and community vulnerabilities in the region are linked to global environmental change and to the rapid pace of urbanization and economic integration of the region. Specifically, we seek to provide vulnerable peoples in transitional states with the space to learn about and share in decisions about protecting themselves from the economic, social and physical impacts of climate change.

The successful applicant is expected to reside in Toronto, Canada during the term of the Fellowship, and will have the opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the Munk School of Global Affairs and larger University of Toronto community during the 2018/2019 academic year. Support for conference and research travel in Southeast Asia is available.

Preference will be given to applicants who have received their PhD in a relevant discipline within the three years prior to the start date of the UCRSEA fellowship (i.e., July 2015 or later). All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

In addition to pursuing an intensive research project, the post-doctoral fellow is expected to participate as a member of the UCRSEA team.

Core responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:

  • Conducting research of relevance to the UCRSEA project
  • Presenting two research seminars at the Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Preparing an original, full-length research paper for publication as part of the UCRSEA Paper series
  • Participating in the UCRSEA Virtual Graduate Student Seminar

Other responsibilities, to be identified with UCRSEA partners and co-directors based on the fellow’s interests and UCRSEA’s research agenda, could include:

  • Planning UCRSEA conferences, events, or workshops, in conjunction with UCRSEA partners
  • Preparing research papers for publication as part of the UCRSEA Papers series
  • Participation in other UCRSEA research projects and initiatives
  • Providing research assistance and support to the UCRSEA Co-Directors.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 12:00 noon (EST). Application instructions can be found here.

The Partnership is supported by a five-year International Partnerships for Sustainable Societies (IPaSS) grant, funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The competition is now closed.

UCRSEA is not running this opportunity in 2019.