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The ANUWI is currently working on developing a major in water in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability (BIS) (S) and the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

The major will be designed so that students will be offered courses which expose them to water science and engineering along with policy, management and socio-cultural facets of water. The major will reflect the ANUWI’s commitment to an integrative approach to water resource management as espoused in the Strategic Plan.

It is hoped that the water major will be offered by the ANU in 2007.

Water research funding, scholarship & job opportunities

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Biofuels PhD Fellowship ICTA UAB Corbera
The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona offers a Doctoral Fellowship to investigate the ecological, economic and social implications of soy cultivation in Paraguay.
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16 September 2011

International Water Management Institute vacancy
Program Director (Deputy Director General Level)
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14 July 2011

Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation

Entries are now open in the NWC Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation. One of 24 prizes on offer, this Eureka Prize is for research and innovation in the sustainable use and management of Australia's water resources. $10,000 will be awarded to an individual, team or organisation for a project that has the potential to lead to substantial change in the way Australia manages, uses or protects its water resources, particularly in rural Australia.

More information, visit

16 March 2011

Peter Cullen Trust Leadership Program 2011 - Call for Applications

After a highly successful inaugural 2010 Leadership Program, the Peter Cullen Water & Environment Trust is proud to announce that the 2011 Science to Policy Leadership Program is now open for applications. This Program focuses on building leadership and communication skills specifically geared to bringing about positive change in water management in Australia.  The program selects attendees who are highly motivated, knowledgeable and skilled people who can continue the work of Peter Cullen.

Download the application pack from
Applications from individuals must be received by 5pm 31 March 2011.

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22 February 2011

University of Waterloo - Faculty Positions in Water Science, Technology and Policy

The Water Institute ( was recently formed to enhance the interdisciplinary character and excellence of both the research and teaching programs in water, and the university was recently awarded the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology ( Building on these developments, the University of Waterloo plans to further increase its capacity and reach in the area of water by seeking applications for tenure stream faculty positions in the following three, broadly-defined areas: 1. Geomicrobiology or biogeochemistry of continental hydrosystems; 2. Hydroecological modeling; 3. Water resource management and governance from a social science perspective.

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22 February 2011

Lectureship/ Senior Lectureship in Remote Sensing in Wetlands and Rivers, University Of NSW, Australia


Salary for Lecturer $78K - $92K per year; for Senior Lecturer $95 - $109K per year plus up to 17% employer superannuation plus leave loading.


As part of a strategic initiative in the management and ecology of wetlands and rivers, the Australian Wetlands and Rivers Centre (AWRC), within the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, is appointing an individual in remote sensing and analysis of river and wetland systems. This position is for three years with provision for conversion to a continuing position, subject to School requirements and satisfactory performance.


Applications close 30 June, 2010, details see website.


Having read all the documentation you may then direct any enquiries to Professor Richard Kingsford on telephone (+61 2) 9385 3442 or email

1 June 2010

The ANU Centre for European Studies is offering a PhD scholarship for a student to undertake a doctoral program funded by a grant from the European Union.


The project will support the Centre's aim to promote the study of the European Union in one of the following general areas: law, politics, history, culture, business, economics and Europe's role in the Asia Pacific. The applicant will hold an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline.


The Scholarship is only open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and to Australian permanent residents. The Scholarship provides a tax free stipend of $22,500 per year for three years.


Further information is available from Professor Paul Pickering 02 6125 3451 or or the website


Applications close on 30 June 2010.

1 June 2010

Water job opportunity at IES, Ispra
Call for Interest for Grantholders at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability


THE CALL IS OPEN - Cut-off: Tuesday, the 8th of June 2010 at 12:00 a.m. Milan time.


Located in Ispra (Italy), the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is one of the seven institutes that constitute the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Being structured in six scientific Units, the Institute at present is engaged within seven main fields of activity:

  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: Water, Soils, Forests
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Environmental Risks and Natural Hazards
  • Sustainable transport and Air Quality
  • Environmental Dimension of Development Co-operation
  • Environmental Monitoring and Information Systems: GMES and INSPIRE

In order to increase and reinforce its capacity, and in order to encourage researcher to enhance their experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is launching a call for interest for Grantholders for Doctoral, Post-doctoral and Senior Research Positions.


IES Contact Information Point:


Plese see the position description and online application for more information.

28 May 2010

PhD scholarships in water and climate change
At Beijing Forestry University, applications by June 15

Prof. LIU Junguo invites applications for PhD scholarships in water and climate change at Beijing Forestry University in China. The Ph.D candidates can select their research topics from (1) ecosystem services and management; (2) water footprint; (3) wetland hydrology; (4) impacts, adaptation and mitigation of climate change for water ecosystems (see attached). The positions are available immediately and deadline for application is June 15, 2010. Scholarships under a Chinese Government program to attract international researchers will be provided, covering university and language tuition fees, accommodation, pension and health insurance and certain allowances.


Beijing Forestry University is one of the eight long-established national universities, has a close working relationship with the State Forestry Administration, and is located in the northern suburbs of Beijing.



LIU Junguo
Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources
School of Nature Conservation
Beijing Forestry University
Qinghua East Road 35
Beijing Haidian District 100083
Beijing, China
Tel: +86-10-62336761(Office)
Mobile: 13611386317
21 May 2010

2010 Future Water Leaders Award

The Future Water Leaders Award promotes excellence in the development of young researchers who are capable communicators and innovative thinkers. The award gives students the opportunity to present their work at the International Riversymposium.


Who Can Enter?

Postgraduate research students:

  • Who have new research to communicate about a water-related topic.
  • Who were aged 35 or under at the time of submitting their paper.
  • Who are keen to present their work at the 13th International Riversymposium.


Entries close: 30 July 2010

Entry forms and guidelines can be found at:  or see brochure, PDF, 393KB

The award is open to those studying at a recognised Australian institution.

21 May 2010

Water Law Position

The UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at Dundee University is pleased to announce an opening in our academic team; an exciting new Water Lecturer post which will contribute actively to enhancing the Centre’s reputation, impact and financial sustainability, in line with the Centre’s vision, through first-class research and support for the Water Law, Water Leaders programme. 


Details Water Law Lawyer, PDF, 14KB, full details are available at

Post Doctoral Researcher in International Water Law, full details are available at

19 February 2010

Research Fellow position on water in NUS, Singapore

The Fellow will collaborate and participate in the research programme on the Future of World’s Water under Prof. Asit K. Biswas and Prof. Cecilia Tortajada of the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


All applications , PDF, 21KB must be received by 31 March 2010.

16 February 2010

Fellowship - Rural Community Adaptation to Climate Change Mapping Project - Asia

The Arkleton Trust in cooperation with the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) offer one final Arkleton Trust Fellowship for 2009. Following the successful appointment of fourfellowships to map community initiatives in adaptation to climate change across Europe and the north, Australasia, Africa and the Americas we are now seeking applications for coverage of the Asian countries. The fellowship is for one year and is worth £5,000. It is open to researchers from organisations working in this field or PhD researchers with faculty support. Preference will be given to researchers who live and work in an Asian country.


Information of the project and application forms can be provided by contacting
The closing date for applications is October 30, 2009.
The Arkleton Trust website:

2 October

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training - Positions and scholarships

The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training is recruiting now for about 170 Honours, PhD, Postdoc and Technical and Research positions around the country. Initial Expressions of Interest close on Wednesday 16 September. Attached , PDF, 174KB is a copy of an advertisement which appeared in The Australian's Higher Education supplement on Wednesday 2 September (page 3).
Detailed information is available on the Centre's website.

4 September

Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship

The NSW Government is calling for applications for the Peter Cullen Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2010 academic year. The Scholarship is open to 2010 first year PhD students. Details about the scholarship are located on the Departments web page.
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3 August

G8 Supports Research Links with Germany, Call for applications

Research collaboration between Australia and Germany will be further enhanced through a third round of funding under the Go8's researcher exchange scheme with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Further details including application and selection procedures and a DVD presentation about the scheme are now available to download from the Go8 website at: .
FOR INFORMATION: Kerrie Thornton, Go8 Director, Communications and International. Ph: 02 6239 5488, Mobile: 0407 947 087. FOR COMMENT: Professor Doug McEachern, DVC Research & Innovation, The University of Western Australia. Ph: 08 6488 2460.

28 April 2008

PhD Studentships in Water Law, THE UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

Applications are invited for up to four fully funded PhD Studentships in Water Law within the Dundee UNESCO HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, part of the Graduate School of Management and Policy (College of Arts & Social Sciences).

Closing Date: 20 June 2008.
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11 June 2008

$10k ANU Linkage Pilot Project Fund

Round 1 applications are open from 2 June 2008 to 1 July 2008.
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15 May 2008
Aspi Baria PhD Scholarship
Photos of Scholarship announcement
  • Aspi Baria was an admired, respected and well-known water scientist from ACTEW Corporation (ACTEW) in Canberra who tragically died following a boating accident on 12 May 2007. ACTEW and ANU have established a PhD scholarship via the ANU Water Initiative in Aspi's name, to enhance the study of water related science in Australia. This prestigious scholarship will have water as its overall theme and the successful candidate will have a background and interest in chemical, environmental or engineering aspects of water quality and/or distribution.
    Applications due: Friday 13 June 2008.
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14 May 2008
Seed Investment Proposal
ANUWI Call for Proposals for Seed Investments in Collaborative Research in Fresh Water (close of business 1 May 2008)
4 April 2008
International Science Linkages: Next round for funding
Opened on 1 February, and applications close 28 March 2008
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8 Feb 2008



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