New scholarships to help students from developing countries tackle climate change

A gift of £110,000 from the IPCC is enabling the creation of two new scholarships for students accepted onto the University’s Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in Environmental Research. The scholarships will allow DPhil students from developing countries – those most affected by climate change – to access the world-leading research environment of Oxford. 

The project spans multiple departments in Oxford, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering Science, Maths, and Physics.

During their studies the scholars will explore our understanding of the scientific basis of the risks of climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. They will also build the skill sets they require to support the efforts and address the needs of their home countries in tackling major environmental challenges.

The scholarships are being co-funded by the IPPC and the DTP, through its partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council. 

One significant benefit of carrying out a DPhil through the doctoral training partnership is the opportunity for students to develop projects in collaboration with partner organisations. These are located across the globe and can provide access to facilities, equipment, fieldwork sites, data and collections of materials and samples. Current partners of the DTP in Environmental Research include the Natural History Museum (London), Save the Elephants (Kenya) and the European Space Agency. 

Professor David Gavaghan, Director of Oxford University’s Doctoral Training Centre, said: 

We are very excited to receive this very generous support from the IPCC which will allow international students from all backgrounds to undertake advanced research in this area of critical global importance. Oxford has a long history of academic associations with the IPCC, and we are delighted to deepen our relationship by supporting the next generation of academics and thought leaders.