Friday, March 21, 2014

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for the academic year 2014/15

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

Fyi, information about this new scholarship programme.

Hope you shall find the following information useful.

Best of luck to potential applicants!



From: Rachel Masters

I am pleased to announce that the University of Sussex is now accepting applications for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme for the academic year 2014/15.

This is available to applicants from eligible Commonwealth countries with an offer of a place on the MSc Climate Change and Development.

Please note all applicants must have a first class degree.

To apply for this scholarship you must complete the online application form at:

The deadline for submitting the online applications is Monday, 7th April 2014.

For more details on this scheme, including full details of who is eligible, please see the attached document or click on these links:

This masters is a unique, state of the art course focusing on the implications of climate change for international development. The course is taught by researchers from the world renowned Institute of Development Studies (ranked 1st ‘Best University-Affiliated Think Tank’ in the UK and 3rd in the world*), the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU, ranked 6th in world*) and the School of Global Studies. It provides a rich learning experience, combining teaching with professional training workshops, and guest seminars by a diverse range of speakers including researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the profession.

The course is multidisciplinary and students acquire specialist knowledge on the causes of climate change, the physical and human consequences, and processes to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate in the context of increasingly complex development challenges.

This degree equips both those new to the field and development practitioners with the key skills and knowledge to work within the rapidly expanding climate change profession. Our graduates are highly marketable and are now influencing policy within international development organisations and agencies (including the UN), NGOs, national governments, and the private sector as well as offering consultancy services to a range of private and public organisations. This course offers students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation on a placement with a relevant organisation.

What our students say:

“I was really excited about coming to IDS because of the staff and lecturers, but what makes IDS special to me was the sense of community – I haven’t met one student here that I wasn’t amazed and impressed with.” Nella Canales Trujillo (Climate Finance advisor, Overseas Development Institute, London).

”Overall the experience [at IDS] helped my career development, not only through exposure to world-class teachers and researchers, but also to the varied academic and job experiences of classmates, which contributed to dynamic and exciting debates.”
(Blanche Ting, Senior Specialist in Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa)

”one of the greatest strengths of the MSc in Climate Change and Development at Sussex is the chance it offers its students to benefit from the expertise at Sussex, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)  and SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research.  As a result, this course gave me a thorough overview of the subject while particularly encouraging me to question where climate change and development meet
Gloria Cheche (Global Environment Facility Evaluation Office, Washington D.C.)

See also

For further information on the programme and on-line application process access this link:

Please direct queries to For questions about academic aspects of the course, please don’t hesitate to contact Prof. Martin Todd (Geography; or Dr Lars Otto Naess (IDS;

* (University of Pennsylvania: Global Go To Think Tanks Report 2012)

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