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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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SHEAR Studentship Cohort (SSC) programme - PhD studentships (deadline: 15th October 2017)

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR) is an international research programme jointly funded by the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). SHEAR focuses on four areas: disaster risk assessment (mapping and analyses), sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, disaster risk monitoring, and the integration of these into practical decision making.

NERC PhD studentship in biosphere-atmosphere interactions (deadline: 14th January 2018)

Do biogenic VOCs protect plant productivity under multiple environmental stress?

NERC PhD studentship: Do biogenic VOCs protect plant productivity under multiple environmental stress? (deadline: 14th January 2018)

During your PhD you will use a combination of experimental measurement and computer modelling to investigate the effect of future climate and air quality change on the yield and quality of a major global crop, as well as the synthesis and emissions of protective volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This will enable you to investigate the implications for food supply under various future scenarios and inform policy on this vital issue.

Inspire4Nature: 15 PhD positions (deadline: 16th April 2018)

Join a unique training programme at the interface between academic excellence and the world of international biodiversity conservation organisations! Project 2 : How will halting biodiversity loss affect the achievement of other Sustainable Development Gaols?

WT Master's Programme Awards in Humanities and Social Science (deadline 11th June)

This scheme supports Master’s programmes to train humanities and social science researchers in any area of health.

The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


Find out about open funding opportunities, pre-call announcements, responsive calls, studentships and awards relevant to the global challenges agenda.

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