PhD Scholarship Program on Climate Change Research

In Partnership with the IPCC & FPA2

The Intergovernmental panel for Climate Change (IPCC) was established in 1988 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in order to build capacity to understand and address climate change. Its advisory body consists of a group of independent and international scientists.

The IPCC was awarded the Nobel peace prize jointly with Al Gore in 2007 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”. With the prize money it received, was created the IPCC Scholarship programme for doctorial students from developing countries to study the effects of climate change in their own regions. 

A committee of scientific experts select young researchers every 2 years to be awarded scholarship funding.

In Partnership since 2013


In 2011, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation formed a partnership with the UNEP and in 2013 the Cuomo Foundation joined the initiative.
So far, the Cuomo Foundation has supported 16 academic projects.


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 the Technical Committee of the Scholarship Programme Expert Reviewers
  • The Technical CommitteeExpert reviewers reviews the applications and proposals, with additional support from other IPCC experts, and makes their recommendations to the IPCC Science Board, which comprises the Chair and three Vice-Chairs of the IPCC
  • 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.

More information on selection process, on the IPCC website…

Scholarships Funded

Countries Represented

YEars of Partnership

Fundings in €

2013-2015 Group

Duong Tran Anh (Vietnam)
An Investigation of The Impact of The Water Level in The Mekong River and Sea Level Rise due to Climate Change on The Tien and Hau River Estuaries.

Rajesh Kumar Mahato (India)
Assessment of Climate Change over Water Resource of Saptha Kosi River Basin.

Bheki Maliba (South Africa)
Quantifying The Effects of Elevated CO2, Surface O3 and Drought on Staple Crops.

Pheakkdey Nguon (Cambodia)
Knowledge into Action: Stakeholders’ Assessment of Projects to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) in Cambodia.

Luz Milena Nino (Colombia)
Assessing Forest Carbon Storage across A Rainfall Gradient in Jamaica: implications for Predicting Impacts and Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change.

2015-2017 Group

Amegnaglo Cocou Jaures (Benin)
Economic Valuation of Traditional and Modern Meteorological Services for Maize Farmers in Benin.

Mokria Mulugeta Gemi (Ethiopia)
Dendroclimatological Potential of Afromontane Tree Species and Reconstruct Multi-century Hydro-climatic Information for The Upper Blue Nile River Basin, Using Tree Ring as A Proxy.

Ei Phyu Win (Myanmar)
Effect of Organic Manure and Water Management on Methane Emission from Paddy Fields.

Htwe Min THANT (Myanmar)
Phylogenetic relationships and screening of drought tolerance of Myanmar eggplant genotypes.

Suranjith Bandara KORALEGEDARA (Sri Lanka)
The role of urban heat island effect and influence of future climate change in mesoscale extreme rainfall events in urban cities.

Aïssatou FAYE (Senegal)
West African Monsoon dynamics and sensibility, estimation of present and future coastal cities extension impacts on local and regional climate, urban heat island effect, downscaling of regional climate model and the evaluation of regional climate model performance.

2017-2020 Group

Ana Carolina Amarillo (Argentina)
Modelling of pollutants associated with climate change in central Argentina and mitigation proposals.

Li Dongfeng (China)
Water and sediment fluxes response to climate change in the Headwater Rivers of Asian highlands.

Pedro Fernandez (Argentina)
Linking perceptions and adoption of Silvopastoral systems with environmental variables in the Argentine dry Chaco.

Igor Riberiro (Brazil)
Fires in the Amazon rain forest: Impacts of forest fires on air quality of a tropical megacity.

Da Yabin (China)
Climate change, ground-level ozone, crop yield and food security in China: Implications and economics.

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