Call for Applications: 2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute

Deadline: 27 August 2017

Applications are open for 2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute that will offer around 15 of the most talented students and early career researchers in Australia and New Zealand a unique opportunity to work closely with peers and experts from academia and government agencies to enhance climate and water information and its practical applications.

The Summer Institute will take place in Canberra in two phases: a two-week ‘boot camp’ from 11-23 December 2017, followed by a four-week project execution phase from 7 January – 2 February 2018. During the boot camp, fellows will obtain a deeper understanding of the role and workings of different government agencies and receive intensive training and mentoring to help them undertake their project.


  • Forecasts – using weather, climate and water forecasts to benefit economy, society or environment.
  • Droughts – quantifying and predicting the economic and environmental impacts of drought.
  • Floods – improving flood risk assessment and warning, increasing flood resilience, and supporting emergency response.
  • Water Sharing – quantifying available water resources, increasing the benefits of water use for people and environment.
  • Data integration – integrating observation networks, remote sensing, and modelling through data discovery, data fusion and assimilation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students (including Masters, Honours and PhD students) and post-doctoral researchers, research assistants or employees from a relevant organisation within three years of graduating with their PhD. Applicants must be affiliated with an Australian or New Zealand university or other relevant organisation and be citizen or resident (including holders of a study visa).
  • To take part in the Summer Institute, fellows will need to be able to reside in Canberra for the duration of the program.
  • Successful applicants will have an affinity with climate and water issues but may be from any relevant technical background. Examples include IT, remote sensing, GIS, civil engineering, physics or mathematics as well as environmental or earth sciences.
  • The Summer Institute Selection Committee will select participants on the basis of their academic merit and motivation for participating. Applications must include a statement of interest explaining why applicants would like to participate, a one-page CV, relevant academic transcript, and supporting Letter of Endorsement from a home faculty advisor explaining why they are well qualified and how the experience will benefit their research.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via the given website.

Eligible Countries: Australian and New Zealand

For more information, please visit Call for Applications.

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