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Applications invited for Scholarships to study for Masters or PhD Degree in Climate Change

USP invites applications from graduates in any relevant subject who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD degree though research on climate variability and change.

Possible research topics in climate change include: (a) Climatological analysis and interpretation of the observations or model generated data sets, (b) Scientific analysis of  the impacts of likely climate change on a particular community or sector, (c) Developing a scientific or technical aspects of community adaptation project, (d) Evaluating the effectiveness of a particular community adaptation project, (e) Social or economic analysis of adaptation projects or policies, (f) Analysis of governance or social  issues affecting vulnerability to, or measures to adapt to climate change.


The Australian Government has generously agreed to fund a number of scholarships for this purpose. These scholarships are available only to citizens of Pacific Island countries. A suitably qualified applicant may be considered for a PhD candidature and scholarship.

General information about research degrees

A Masters degree at USP requires at least 1 year of full-time study, in the form of a supervised research project. Applicants 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 in the University Calendar at A PhD normally requires at least 3 years of full-time study.

General information about scholarship conditions

These scholarships are for full-time study, usually based at USPís Suva campus, though there may be extensive field work elsewhere in the region. The scholarship covers tuition fees and air fares from home country (if outside Fiji) at beginning and end of the scholarship. Each scholar receives a living allowance of about F$11,000 per year, (plus an allowance for accompanying dependents in some circumstances). The university will also pay towards reasonable research costs. Scholarship holders will be expected to contribute to USPís ongoing teaching and research activities. Scholars are not permitted to be in paid outside employment while holding a scholarship.   (These conditions may be subject to minor variation.)  Successful applicants will be expected to take up their scholarships in first semester of 2011. 


Enrolment forms for postgraduate degrees are available from your local USP Centre, or the USP website Completed forms and accompanying documentation should be sent to the FSTE Postgraduate Officer, USP, Suva, Fiji (email: If you submit your completed enrolment form by 6 December 2010, you will be considered for a scholarship.  

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 ( or see .


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