Masters on Integrated Drylands Management
Course(s) Offered: Science
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Country to Study in: Japan, Tunisia
The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will waive the tuition fee (worth US $6000) for the Joint Master’s Degree (MSc) Programme on Integrated Drylands Management for qualified students from developing countries who are Fellowship recipients.
The Joint MSc Programme on Integrated Drylands Management brings together different expertise and scientific resources of the partner institutes to build advanced human capital, and generate and adapt global knowledge for local solutions in drylands. The programme provides young professionals and scientists an international perspective on integrated resources management approaches in drylands and allows them to gain practical experience in different dryland countries.
Throughout the programme, a strong emphasis will be placed on multidisciplinary approaches. The MSc Programme will offer a short intensive course and field research leading to the development of a Master’s thesis.
Admission is based on the following criteria:
- Applicants must already be registered in a Master’s degree programme at one of the Programme partner institutes and have completed their basic course work.
- Applicants registered in a Master’s programme at an accredited university outside the Programme partners may be eligible to apply if they have completed their basic coursework, and can establish a link with a Programme partners for their field research and thesis work which will be undertaken jointly with their current supervisor. Such applicants should contact the interested Programme partner institute directly to explore options and arrangements.
- Applicants must demonstrate a proved competence in relevant research methodologies, laboratory and computer skills.
- Applicants must demonstrate proof of proficiency in English (oral and written).
- Applicants must submit a research proposal of 5 pages, whose priority aligns with that of programme partner who will host the proposed research.
- Working experience in dryland management is desirable.
Citizens of Developing countries
United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Fields of study
The Joint Master’s Degree (MSc) Programme on Integrated Drylands Management is offered jointly through the partnership between the:
- United Nations University (UNU)
- Institut des Régions Arides (IRA),
- Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (CAREERI)
- International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
- Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie (INAT)
- Tottori University (TU)
- Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
- International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) — Bari.
Number of awards
A limited number of Fellowships will be provided to qualified candidates from developing countries on a competitive basis
These fellowships will cover the travel costs between the country of origin and IRA, CAREERI, ICARDA, and TU, as needed. The tuition fee will be waived for students who are Fellowship recipients.
During the course work in 2016, IRA will house the students with full boarding and lodging in a suitable accommodation in Médenine, Tunisia. During laboratory research work, TU will provide non-Japanese students with allowance for accommodation and meals in Tottori, Japan.
No financial provisions, logistical assistance or housing facilities will be made available for family members of participants.
Method of Application
To apply, you must submit the requested supporting documents (include letter of nomination from supervisor/university, certified copy of academic transcripts, original, detailed MSc research proposal, original supporting letters of reference, and evidence of English proficiency) together with the completed and signed 2015-2016 application form. The required documents can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format from the official website. Applicants must have their last name and course name that they are applying for in the SUBJECT LINE.
It is important to read the 2016-2017 Brochure and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship, and to access the applications form.
The deadline for application submissions is June 30, 2016
Documents which are not originally in English must be accompanied by an official English translation.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) works directly on the global water crisis. The three core functions of UNU-INWEH are: (i) helping developing countries meet the Millennium Development Goals through capacity development: (ii) facilitating global knowledge enhancement and networking to address the global water crisis; and (iii) fostering better approaches to water management and governance through applied research designed to fill critical policy gaps.
Application Deadline: 30 June 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes