Scholarship Programme

The IPCC Scholarship Programme provides scholarships for PhD students from developing countries for research that advances the understanding of the scientific basis of risks of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.

History

On 9 December 2007, the IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its ‘efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change’. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize recognized the importance of addressing the implications of climate change on stability and human security.

 The IPCC Scholarship Programme was established with the funds received from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award to the IPCC. The first funding partner of the Programme was Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Dr Brundtland made her donation from the Tallberg Leadership Award, which she received in June 2009.  

 

Governance and Management

The governance and management of the IPCC Scholarship Programme is outlined in the Trust Deed. The fund is governed by the Board of Trustees, Science Board, IPCC Secretariat and WMO.

The Board of Trustees is collectively accountable to the IPCC and reports to the Panel on matters related to the Fund. The members of the Board of Trustees are not remunerated for their activities for the Fund and additional overhead expenses are kept to a minimum by carrying out any business via e-mail and holding meetings in conjunction with other IPCC meetings.

The Science Board sets the priorities in regard to the themes of research for the call for proposals and the selection criteria for candidates. It makes the final selection of students to receive the awards. The Science Board is composed of the IPCC Chairman and the three IPCC Vice-Chairs.

The IPCC Secretariat assists the Board of Trustees and the Science Board in carrying out their duties and provides the administrative management of the Programme.

The World Metrological Organization administers the Fund according to WMO financial rules and regulations.

Members of the Board of Trustees

The following were appointed by the Panel at the 48th Session of the IPCC (Decision IPCC-XLVIII-4) as members of the Board of the Trustees:

  • H.E. Ms Mary Robinson (Republic of Ireland), President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice;
  • H.E. Mr Hironori Hamanaka (Japan), Special Research Advisor, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES);
  • Dr Fatima Denton (United Kingdom/Gambia), Director, United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA); and
  • Prof. Jose Goldemberg (Brazil), FAPESF Sao Paulo Research Foundation.

Members of the Science Board

Results of the Fifth Round of Awards

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Cuomo Foundation supported the Fifth Round of Awards.  Twelve PhD students from developing countries and countries with economies in transition were awarded IPCC scholarship awards for 2019-2021.

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Selected from over 300 applications received in this Fifth Round of Awards (2019-2021), the 12 students are: Supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation:

  • Gabriela COLORADO-RUIZ, Mexico
  • Afriyane DIAN, Indonesia
  • Amali, HETTIARACHCHI, Sri Lanka
  • Yaya IDRISSOU, Benin
  • Peter KABANO, Uganda
  • Daniel KORIR, Kenya
  • Magatte SOW, Senegal

Supported by the Cuomo Foundation:

  • Ana Carolina AMARILLO, Argentina
  • Yabin DA, China
  • Pedro David, FERNANDEZ, Argentina
  • Dongfeng LI, China
  • Igor RIBEIRO, Brazil

For more information, please contact:

Mxolisi SHONGWE Programme Officer Tel.: +41(22) 730 8438 IPCC-SP@wmo.int Or, visit the Facebook page.

The Selection Process

The following describes the process through which scholarships are awarded, once a funding round is agreed:

  • The IPCC Secretariat receives and screens all applications for eligibility, and assigns them to Expert Reviewers (i.e. previous and current IPCC Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, Review Editors and Bureau Members).
  • The Expert Reviewers review the applications and proposals and make their recommendations to the IPCC Scholarship Programme Science Board, which comprises the IPCC Chair and the three Vice-Chairs. 
  • The IPCC Science Board assesses the recommendations and draws up a shortlist of the candidates that is submitted to the funding partners.
  • The funding partners (Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the Cuomo Foundation) along with the IPCC Science Board make the final selection of students to receive the awards.

 

Partners

The IPCC Scholarship Programme is made possible through the generous contribution of its funding partners. The following are individuals and organizations that have supported the programme:

2009 – Gro Harlem Brundtland

The Programme received its first gift on 9 July 2009 from Gro Harlem Brundtland. In her acceptance speech of the Tallberg Leadership Award, Ms Brundtland made this donation “for supporting what the IPCC has decided to do with its Nobel Peace Prize money: to give scholarships for research on climate change in developing countries and this is obviously meant for young people.” 

2010 – The Scholarship Programme received donations from:

  • Aster Finance (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Mr Cheng Fa Qing (individual contributor, China)
  • Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (IPCC Vice-Chair, Belgium)

2013 – The Scholarship Programme received a contribution from:

  • Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (IPCC Vice-Chair, Belgium)

2014 – The Scholarship Programme received a contribution from:

  • Hoesung Lee (IPCC Vice-Chair, Republic of Korea) and his wife Ms Sungna Chung

2011-2021 – The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation 

“Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation grants for IPCC” has provided funding for the period 2011-2017, within the framework of the collaboration between the IPCC Scholarship Programme and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Young Researchers Scholarships Initiative. www.fpa2.com

2013-2021 – The Cuomo Foundation 

The Cuomo Foundation expressed its wish to become a party to the agreement between The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the IPCC and provided funding for the period 2013-2019. www.fondationcuomomonaco.org

Previous Rounds and Awards

Fourth Round 

Nine PhD students from developing countries and countries with economies in transition were awarded IPCC scholarship awards for 2017-2019. 

Photo credit: Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Students supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

  • Fatou BOJANG (Gambia)
  • Nidheesh GANGADHARAN (India)
  • Zakari HASSANE (Niger)
  • Marc KPANOU (Benin)
  • Namkunda Johnson MBWAMBO (Republic of Tanzania)
  • Christophe MUPENZI (Rwanda)

  Students supported by the Cuomo Foundation

  • Aissatou FAYE (Senegal)
  • Suranjith KORALEGEDARA (Sri Lanka)
  • Htwe Min THANT (Myanmar)

Third Round

Ten PhD students from developing countries and countries with economies in transition were awarded scholarships for the period 2015-2017. Listed under their various thematic areas of research, the students are:

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Climate and water

  • Adriana Maria Torres-Ballesteros (Colombia)
  • Mulugeta Gemi Mokria (Ethiopia)
  • Kholoud Kahime (Morocco)
  • Peter Kabano (Uganda)

Climate and the oceans

  • Thushani Suleka Madhubhashini Elepathage (Sri Lanka)

Underlying science of climate change

  • Md Amirul Islam (Bangladesh)
  • Christine Onyango (Kenya)
  • Rasmila Kawan (Nepal)

Socio-economic modelling related to climate change

  • Ada Metaliu (Albania)
  • Cocou Jaures Amegnaglo (Benin)

 

Second Round

Fifteen students received scholarship awards for PhD studies for the period 2013-15 as follows:

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  • Vandhna Devi Kumar (Fiji)
  • Ossenatou Mamadou (Benin)
  • Sudeep Thakuri (Nepal)

Students supported under the framework of the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation:

  • Elias Tedia Shiferaw (Ethiopia)
  • Gao Yuan (China)
  • Sifat Rabbi (Bangladesh)
  • Tuihedur Rahman (Bangladesh);
  • Zuelclady Maria Fernanda Araujo Gutierrez (Mexico)
  • Khandu (Bhutan)
  • Zipporah Musymi (Kenya)

Students supported under the partnership with the Cuomo Foundation:

  • Rajesh Kumar Mahato (India)
  • Pheakkdey Nguon (Cambodia)
  • Bheki Maliba (South Africa)
  • Luz Milena Nino (Columbia)
  • Duong Tran Anh (Vietnam)
  • Win Ei Phyu (Myanmar)

 

First Round

Nine students were awarded a scholarship for postgraduate studies or research for the period 2011-2013 as follows:

  • Rondrotiana Barimala (Madagascar)
  • Jamiat Nanteza (Uganda)

Students supported under the framework of the partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation:

  • Genito Maure (Mozambique)
  • Sudeep Thakuri (Nepal)
  • Dibi Millogo (Burkina Faso)
  • Romaric Ogouwale (Benin)
  • Yakob Umer (Ethiopia)
  • Rizwana Subhani (Bangladesh)
  • Robert Katikiro (Tanzania)

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