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What is the opportunity?

Applications are invited for The British Council Climate Connection Research Fellowships, to be held at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. 

Two Fellowships are available, intended for scholars from the Global South conducting research on climate action. The Fellowships are for a period of a year from March 2023 to February 2024. The first three months of each Fellowship will be spent within the Fellow’s home country, with the following nine months in the UK, based at the University of Cambridge.

The Fellows will be mentored by Professor Shailaja Fennell, and work alongside postdoctoral research associates contributing to the Centre of Landscape Regeneration, a major research programme at the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. They will also join a cohort of research fellows located within the University’s Consortium of the Global South.


The successful candidates will be working on data collection (across a variety of sources) on local concepts of resilience and how these relate to collective action located within the economic, social, and cultural relations in play in communities. Their focus will be on identifying the relation between community resilience and features of local climate action that are currently underway in communities are not easily translatable from local to global agendas. They will also support the organisation of ‘Lost in Translation’, a conference to be held in the summer of 2023, that will further forge linkages across different geographies: South and Southeast Asia, and across Africa. 

Qualifications required

Preference is given to those in the early or mid-stages of their careers and who have had little opportunity for academic experience outside their home country.

This Fellowships are intended for scholars from the Global South conducting research on climate action. The Fellows can focus on any aspect of forms of climate action evidenced through the forms of resilience that are identified by communities. It is open to scholars working in any discipline within this field of study. 

How to apply

Visit the University of Cambridge website for more details and to find out how to apply.

Application deadline: 5pm on Friday, 3rd March 2023. The Fellow is expected to take up the post by the 31st of March 2023.

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