Short course in climate resilience: UNU


Spring 2011 Postgraduate Courses on

Building Resilience to Climate Change

28 February – 25 March 2011

Tokyo, Japan


DEADLINE: 21 January 2011


The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for the new intensive 4-week postgraduate programme on  “Building Resilience to Climate Change” developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR).

The new courses, conducted at UNU-ISP, cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include:

  • climate and atmospheric science,
  • impacts assessment,
  • climate and society,
  • ecosystems resilience,
  • risk and uncertainty,
  • integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation,
  • community-based adaptation strategies.

Students also will receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing software.


A limited number of fellowships (covering tuition fees and living expenses) are available for outstanding students from developing countries and who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance. All students are expected to pay for their own travel expenses to and from Tokyo.


The programme is open to Master’s and Ph.D students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme and who have already identified their thesis topic prior to arriving in Japan.

Applicants must provide:

  • a completed Application & Fellowship Form with photo and signature;
  • proof of enrolment in a master’s or Ph.D. degree programme;
  • original transcript of academic record;
  • a detailed proposal of their research topic, and explain how it will link their current university thesis topic to that of climate change;
  • TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country; and
  • minimum of two references; one from their supervisor and one from another faculty member.

For detailed information on the application and admission procedures, and to download the application form, please visit the UNU-ISP website at:

Alva Lim (Ms.)

Researcher, and

Project Assistant for UN-CECAR

United Nations University

Institute for Sustainability and Peace (ISP)

Tel: +81-3-5467-1213

Fax: +81-3-3499-2828

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