Fellowship Opportunity for the Salween and Mekong River basins


Application deadline: 22nd May 2015, 17:00 (ICT) 

We are pleased to announce a call for fellowship applications for young or mid-career university, civil society and government researchers on the Nu-Thanlwin-Salween and the Mekong River basins.  We welcome proposals on the following research themes: 

  • water governance; 
  • healthy rivers; 
  • river food systems; 
  • healthy landscape and ecosystems; 
  • gender and social justice. 


12 fellowships are available for each river basin, to be undertaken over 16 months on a part-time basis starting in June 2015. The call is open to anyone, but preference given to nationals from the countries that share the respective river basins. The project is committed to ensuring that female researchers are represented. Up to US$15,000 is available per fellow for research costs and honorarium. 

The fellowship program’s goal is to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Salween and Mekong Basins. A particular cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization. It also intends to build a learning community amongst these scholars and practitioners, and link them with similar initiatives in the Ayeyarwady and Red River basins.

Each selected research fellow will be partnered with an experienced mentor for individual support, and will also join a series of training workshops. They will produce timely and needed research, and share their findings through: producing a conference paper, a policy brief and blogs; writing a research report; and joining national and international conferences/ policy seminars. 

For the Nu-Thanlwin-Salween basin, please visit 
http://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK31 for further details. Enquiries can be directed to Dr. Carl Middleton, Centre for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (SalweenFellowship@gmail.com

For the Mekong basin, please visit 
http://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK32 for further details. Enquiries can be directed to Dr. Kanokwan Manorom,  Mekong Sub-region Social Research Centre (MSSRC), Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University (wle.mekongfellowship@gmail.com

This project is undertaken with support from the CGIAR Water-Land-Ecosystems project 
(http://wle-mekong.cgiar.org/) and Australian Aid. CSDS and MSSRC are partnered with a wider consortium of universities and research institutes in implementing the fellowship program.


Tira Foran, PhD

Geographer | Adaptive Social and Economic Sciences Program | CSIRO Land and Water Flagship | Black Mountain Laboratories, Clunies Ross St, ACT 2601, AUSTRALIA, +61 2 6246 4308 or +61 448 539 051 Mailing address: GPO Box 1700 Canberra ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA


Recently published:

Smajgl, A., Ward, J.R., Foran, T., Dore, J., Larson, S., 2015. Visions, beliefs, and transformation: exploring cross-sector and transboundary dynamics in the wider Mekong region. Ecology and Society 20. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol20/iss2/art15/

Foran, T. 2015. Node and regime: Interdisciplinary analysis of water-energy-food nexus in the Mekong region. Water Alternatives 8(1) http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/current-issue