The University of North Carolina Fellowships at the Global Research Institute

Deadline: 31 January 2012
Open to: Scholars and practitioners from around the world to work with water experts at UNC-CH in fields such as public policy, planning, sustainable development, hydrology, environmental engineering, global health and all aspects of WaSH
Fellowship: The maximum amount of support for a two-semester fellowship is 70,000


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for fellowships at the Global Research Institute (GRI), a world-leading think tank on salient global issues. During academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14, the GRI is focusing on the challenges faced by a world population likely to rise to 9 or 9.5 billion by mid-century, seeking to provide water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

Briefly put, with urbanization advancing, and more and more of the world’s growing and increasingly urban population seeking their share of economic growth and development, demand for water, already furious, will intensify even further. Even in the face of these daunting challenges, however, researchers have pioneered new ways to use existing supplies of water more efficiently and to distribute such supplies more equitably, made advances in the fight against water-borne diseases, and met pressing environmental challenges. Awareness of both the value and cost of water is increasing and the era of “smart water” is clearly upon us. There is, then, much reason for hope, even optimism, going forward.


Research fellowships are available for one or two semesters. The maximum amount of support for a two-semester fellowship is 70K—applicants are strongly urged to apply for funding from other grant sources as well. All fellows will be provided an office in the FedEx Global Education Center and are expected to participate in the GRI’s biweekly seminar and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institute and engage with the many members of the UNC-CH distinguished “water community.”


With the above considerations in mind, the GRI will offer a number of fellowships in 2012-13 and 2013-2014 to researchers working on topics germane to the themes outlined above. They encourage leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to work with water experts at UNC-CH in fields such as public policy, planning, sustainable development, hydrology, environmental engineering, global health and all aspects of WaSH.

Their goals in establishing in Chapel Hill a robust international cluster of innovative water experts are to spark new thinking, to enable transformational breakthroughs and, per our research theme, to make scarce water work for all. UNC-CH, with talented scholars such as those in the Institute for the Environment and the Water Institute , is well positioned to be an innovative, dynamic location for such research.


To apply, click here to create an account. A research proposal of no more than 1500 words, a current cv, and contact information for three recommenders should be submitted by January 30, 2012. Selection of fellows shall be completed by February 27, 2012.

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