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The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program will offer up to three pre-doctoral fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The CCAPS pre-doctoral fellowship program aims to stimulate the development of the next generation of researchers and thought leaders on the topic of climate change and political stability in Africa.

Pre-doctoral fellows are encouraged to present their research within and outside the Center, collaborate on papers or projects with other fellows and faculty, participate in the research activities of CCAPS, attend and take an active role in CCAPS and Strauss Center seminars and conferences, and immerse themselves in the greater University community during their appointment.

Pre-doctoral fellowships are available to advanced PhD students, with preference given to those who have made substantial progress towards the completion of their dissertation. Pre-doctoral fellows are expected to work on — and ideally complete — their doctoral dissertations during the fellowship.

CCAPS invites applications from all disciplines, including both the social and natural sciences, as they pertain to relevant topics to the CCAPS program (see Areas of Research below). CCAPS encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of all countries.

Areas of Research:
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin is a nonpartisan research center that engages the best minds in academia, government, and the private sector to develop unique, policy-relevant solutions to complex global challenges. The Strauss Center’s program on Climate Change and African Political Stability conducts research in three core areas seeking to: investigate where and how climate change poses threats to stability in Africa, identify strategies to support accountable and effective governance in Africa, and evaluate the effectiveness of international aid to help African societies adapt to climate change.

CCAPS will consider applicants working on a broad range of topics related to climate change, political stability, and security in Africa.

Suitable topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Climate change vulnerability in Africa
• Potential impacts of climate change on political stability or security in Africa
• Strategies for addressing climate change challenges in Africa

Stipend Information:
CCAPS offers pre-doctoral fellowships in residence at the University of Texas at Austin for one academic year (September 2011-May 2012). The fellowship includes a nine-month stipend of $24,000 and one round-trip airline ticket.

Applicants should note that the stipend awarded might not cover all living costs in Austin during the
fellowship period. Applicants should be prepared to cover any additional expenses themselves or through other external funding sources. Applicants who must obtain a J1 visa in order to participate in the fellowship are required to provide proof of health insurance when applying for the J1 visa. The CCAPS fellowship does not provide health insurance.

Application Procedures:
Each applicant should submit as one complete packet:
1. A completed application form (available online);
2. A 3 to 5 page double-spaced dissertation prospectus, including its relevance to the research interests of the CCAPS program;
3. Curriculum vitae;
4. A short writing sample pertinent to the application (No more than 20 pages);
5. Three sealed letters of recommendation (not emails) attesting to the applicant's professional
competence and progress on the dissertation;
6. A sealed graduate school transcript.

The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials, including letters of recommendation and
transcripts and submitting them as one packet. All application materials, including letters of
recommendation, must be submitted in English.

Please do not submit supplemental materials. Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Emailed materials will not be accepted.

The application deadline for 2011-2012 fellowships is February 15, 2011. Applicants will be informed of decisions by March 15.

Send Application packets to:
CCAPS Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program
Climate Change and African Political Stability Program
Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street, PO Box Y
Austin, Texas 78712 USA

For more information, please contact the CCAPS program via email at:

USA: CCAPS Pre-doctoral Fellowship for National and International Students

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