Tailored Opportunities: PhD scholarship in Integrating sustainable nature-based tourism and nature conservation


Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position in nature-based tourism and nature conservation.


A completed Master study within a relevant social scientific field or discipline, such as geography, sociology, psychology, economics, social-anthropology, or a relevant multidisciplinary, applied Master study in tourism, natural resource management, conservation social sciences or other relevant university study at the Master’s level.


The deadline for this application is 20th October 2020


Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.


The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

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Tailored Opportunities: PhD in Economics (Forest Economics) at Umeå, Sweden


The department of forest economics is focused on research and education within business administration and natural resource economics and policy, with a particular focus on forest-related natural resources. Departmental activities have strong connections to sustainable development. The department contributes to education at the Faculty of Forest Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, and is responsible for bachelor- and master programs as well as offering PhD education within business administration and resource economics. Geographically, the department is located at two campuses: Ultuna (Uppsala) and Umeå. The PhD program consists of 4-year full-time studies where the position is to be contracted based on annual evaluations.


The candidate must have least a master’s degree in economics or related field (e.g. agricultural economics, natural resource economics, forest economics, or a strong quantitative interdisciplinary program).

Knowledge in natural resource economics, demonstrated capacity to integrate forestry and economics concepts and documented knowledge of econometric or statistical packages are considered an extra merit. 

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English is required.

Of extra merit is experience writing scientific manuscripts.

Additionally, advanced knowledge in the use of R, SAS, Stata or other software commonly used in econometric analyses is considered extra merit.


The application deadline is December 11 2020


Final selection is made with reference to a written application including a CV, a two-page proposed research outline, copies of degrees and transcripts of academic records, one copy of the MS thesis, at least two referees familiar with the applicant’s qualifications, certified knowledge of the English language, and an interview.

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Tailored Opportunities: PhD fellowship linked to the intelWATT H2020 project


IHE Delft Institute for Water Education offers graduate education in Delft, The Netherlands, and carries out research and capacity building projects all over the world. The mission of IHE Delft is to contribute to the education and training of professionals and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centers and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure in developing countries and countries in transition.

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is member of a consortium of 20 partners who was recently awarded a grant by the European Commission for the project Intelligent Water Treatment Technologies for water preservation combined with simultaneous energy production and material recovery in energy intensive industries (intelWATT). This 3.5-year project (2020-2024) focuses on developing innovative, cost efficient, smart separation technologies applied in energy and water intensive industries. In this context Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering (WSSEE) department of IHE Delft is recruiting a PhD fellow, who will graduate in co-operation with Delft University of Technology.


  • The PhD fellow must have an MSc degree in chemical engineering with a strong focus on desalination. (If candidates with this profile will not emerge, candidates with a background in, civil engineering, environmental engineering and environmental sciences will also be considered.)
  • The PhD fellow must be familiar with working in the laboratory; previous experience on water quality analyses (both chemical and microbiological) and with operation of pilot plants is required.


Application deadline for this call is October 10, 2020


Applications in English must be sent to n.dhakal@un-ihe.org  by October 10, 2020 including curriculum vitae (with a passport photo), , motivation letter, abstract of MSc thesis, a sample of scientific writing and the contact details of two referees (as one PDF file with your family name as the filename).


We follow the allowance as stipulated by the Immigration Office IND of 1270.08 Euros/month (net). In addition insurance, residence permit and book allowance will be provided. The duration of the fellowship is four years. The position is based in Delft, The Netherlands.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Nirajan Dhakal (n.dhakal@un-ihe.org) or Prof. Maria D. Kennedy, Head of WSSEE Department (m. kennedy @un-ihe.org).

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