Becas de la Fundación Carolina para el Curso 2016-2017

Becas de la Fundación Carolina para el Curso 2016-2017

Convocadas 607 becas que abarcan todas las áreas de conocimiento.

En el siguiente enlace encontrareis información completa sobre la convocatoria y material disponible, en español y portugués: http://www.fundacioncarolina.es/formacion/convocatoria-2016-2017/

Fundación Carolina

C/ General Rodrigo nº 6, edificio Germania, Cuerpo alto, 4ª planta

informacion@fundacioncarolina.es

Convocatoria Cátedra CAF/Raúl Prebisch Chair de Estudios Latinoamericanos en el Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Lisboa

La Cátedra CAF/Raúl Prebisch de Estudios Latinoamericanos es un programa de movilidad internacional que ofrece una estadía de seis meses en el Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Lisboa (ICS-ULisboa). La Cátedra es copatrocinada por la CAF-Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina y el ICS-ULisboa. El candidato elegido se beneficiará de excelentes condiciones de investigación y un estimulante ambiente intelectual, inserto en una comunidad académica multidisciplinaria e internacionalizada.
La Cátedra CAF/Raúl Prebisch de Estudios Latinoamericanos es ofrecida anualmente a un reputado académico del área de las ciencias sociales especializado en América Latina. La Cátedra alienta candidaturas de ciudadanos de cualquier país miembro de la CAF. El proceso de selección es competitivo. Los interesados deben presentar una propuesta de investigación que esperen convertir en artículo de revista o manuscrito de libro durante su residencia en Lisboa. Idealmente, el tema de investigación debe girar alrededor del desarrollo socioeconómico, el desempeño democrático o la institucionalización política en América Latina. Los candidatos deben comprometerse a participar en las actividades cotidianas del ICS-ULisboa, y el elegido será responsable por la organización de una conferencia internacional relacionada con su investigación.
El plazo de candidaturas vence el lunes 30 de noviembre de 2015 a las 12:00 GMT. Las candidaturas tardías no serán consideradas
Las candidaturas deben presentarse online vía candidaturas@ics.ulisboa.pt.
Información detallada respecto al contenido, criterios de elegibilidad y procedimiento de selección está disponible es www.ics.ulisboa.pt

Call for Fellows, Rachel Carson Center in Munich, 2016-17

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2016–17 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines.
The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC – transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—behind these transformations.
The RCC awards five types of fellowships:

  • Carson writing fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary writing fellowships
  • Outreach fellowships
  • Short-term fellowships
  • Alumni fellowships

All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, to attend the weekly lunchtime colloquium, and to present their project at the center. Please note that for all fellowship types, the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.
Carson writing fellowships
These fellowships are at the center of our fellowship program and are awarded to scholars aiming to complete several major articles or a book project in the environmental humanities. The program awards writing fellowships only.
Interdisciplinary writing fellowships
To promote cooperation across disciplinary boundaries, we invite applications for interdisciplinary fellowships. Scholars from the humanities should apply together with scholars from the sciences or field practitioners with the purpose of authoring a collaborative project. These fellowships are only intended for writing.
Applicants should be drawn from at least two separate institutions or organizations. One of these can be an institution at LMU Munich; in fact, preference will be given to scholars who plan to collaborate with scholars from Munich. Please note that funding will only be awarded to the non-Munich partners. All members of the collaboration should plan to be in residence in Munich at the same time.
As a rule, scholars should apply for a residential fellowship of between 3 and 12 months, or a series of 3-month fellowships. But we would consider in principle other models, for example short-term cooperations over a longer period of time.
Outreach fellowships
The outreach fellowship is intended for candidates whose work promotes public engagement with the topic of transformations in environment and society. We invite applications from documentary filmmakers and writers in particular.
Short-term fellowships
Short-term fellowships (1-8 weeks) are designed to encourage genuinely explorative partnerships and dialogue across disciplinary divides and between theory and practice. These fellows come to Munich to develop a specific project— for example, a joint publication, a workshop, or other collaborative research projects.
Alumni fellowships
Former Carson fellows are not ordinarily eligible for a second writing or outreach fellowship from the RCC. However, the RCC’s alumni association, the Society of Fellows, in conjunction with the RCC, offers alumni fellowships of 3-6 months. For more information on these fellowships, please visit the Society of Fellows section of the RCC website.
To Apply:
All successful applicants should plan to begin their fellowship between 1 September 2016 and 1 December 2017; it will not be possible to start a fellowship awarded in this round at a later date. Decisions about the fellowships will be announced in mid-May 2016. Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at his or her home institution; alternatively it will pay a stipend that is commensurate with experience and current employment and which also conforms to funding guidelines.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016. Applications must be made in our online portal. The application should discuss the special research topic “transformation in environment and society” in the project description or the cover letter and should include the following:

  • cover letter (750 words maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)
  • project description (1,000 words maximum)
  • research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum)
  • names and contact information for three scholars as referees

Please note that in order to be eligible for these fellowships, you must have completed your PhD by the application deadline (31 January 2016). Those based in the greater Munich area are not eligible.
You may write your application in either English or German; please use the language in which you are most proficient. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by mid-May 2016.

Research Associate

1 year research associate post on an Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation project at the University of Sheffield.
We seek to appoint a Research Associate to join our busy team in The Faculty of Social Sciences. The post holder will work directly with Professor Daniel Brockington at Sheffield (where the project will be based), and with Bhaskar Vira and Bill Adams (Cambridge) and Esteve Corbera (Barcelona) to support the delivery of high quality research for a project that seeks to examine the framing of debates about poverty reduction and ecosystem services. This project is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA, Department for International Development, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. 

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4 PhD positions at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS of Erasmus University, the Netherlands) on the socio‐environmental impacts of oil extraction in Ecuador and Peru

The International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (The Netherlands) offers four positions to join an exciting and dynamic multidisciplinary group carrying on research on the socio‐environmental impacts of hydrocarbon extraction in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. The PhD positions are for two separate, but intimately related projects: one on community‐based environmental monitoring  through high tech tools and the other on behavioral responses to information on water quality. The positions require willingness and ability to conduct long‐term participatory field research in the Amazon.
The Context of the projects
Global oil demand has stimulated a renewed growth in hydrocarbons concessions in Latin America in what can be defined as the second hydrocarbon boom. There is strong evidence of severe oil related water pollution and health impacts in indigenous and
local populations living in the areas surrounding oil extraction. Ecuador and Peru can be considered to be the frontrunners of not only this boom but also efforts to counteract its negative effects. These positions will be embedded within two related research projects that evaluate the impact of two policy interventions.
The community‐based monitoring project
Latin America epitomizes the challenge to balance expanding extraction with ecological sustainability and the well‐being of marginalized indigenous communities. The emergence of a wave of leftwing administrations in the region has created newly reinvigorated state willingness and capability to regulate extractive industries. Despite augmented state power, ability of regulators to detect and manage the impacts of hydrocarbon extraction has remained insufficient. Similarly, companies have not consistently pursued effective strategies to minimize environmental risks and to mitigate their impact when they are unavoidable. As a consequence, environmental liabilities generated by oil extraction (oil spills, disposal of highly contaminated formation waters and drilling muds, etc.) continue to create adverse environmental and public health outcomes.
The PhD students will contribute to an impact evaluation project studying an ongoing initiative in Ecuador and Peru that seeks to enhance the detection, monitoring and reporting capability of local communities in their own territories, as a strategy to strengthen their ability to produce socio‐environmental claims. Local communities inhabiting the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon have profound knowledge of the socio‐ ecological state of their immediate environment (location of oil spills, drilling mud pits, production water dumping sites, etc), but are ineffective when it comes to the organization and presentation of the very same knowledge in formats that are accepted by and easily communicable to state agencies, the oil industry and the mass media.
Community‐based socio‐environmental monitoring is a strategy to overcome these information and communication challenges. However monitoring efforts are riddled by complexities that are part of the terrain: remote areas with limited access ‐‐physical, but also in terms of information and communication infrastructure and internet connection. In fact, much of the information that is currently collected by the monitors is not used for communication purposes outside the monitoring groups and remains confined to the communities themselves.
The intervention equips local communities with high‐tech but relatively inexpensive tools, e.g. mobile phones, drones, internet hotspot stations and online apps. The combination of advance technology and capacity building amongst local youth who work as monitors is likely to increase the rate of detection. The bespoke software developed by partners in this proposal will also increase the dissemination of the reports to the appropriate authorities, maximizing the possibility of their being acted on. It is expected that improved detection, monitoring and reporting will ultimately lead the state and corporate actors to mitigate socio‐environmental impacts of oil extraction.
The monitoring activities are ultimately aimed at improving oil extraction practices and implementing effective remediation activities to ameliorate impacts. In both countries, the project will be conducted in collaboration with and support of community organizations that have been directly involved in the design of this project.
The water project
Efforts to prevent and reverse these damages are continuing on several fronts. Since these initiatives are having either limited effect or delivering results in the long term, there is urgent need to find alternative ways to minimize the health effects of the environmental impacts of oil extraction. Drinking water is likely to be the main exposure route for local populations to oil pollution leading to high concentrations of heavy metals and ultimately to high incidence of pollution related diseases. There are alternative sources of water for many communities/households (underground water, rainwater harvesting systems, water treatment plants) that are affected by pollution in different ways, however information on water quality is unavailable at the community/household level. Disclosure of environmental data on drinking water quality could be a transparency mechanism having, on its own, potential to influence the choice of drinking water sources, and to empower and enhance capacity among
local stakeholders to undertake mitigation and adaptation measures to reduce exposure to oil pollutants through drinking water and, ultimately, to reduce health risks.
Nevertheless, the linkage between knowledge and behavioral change is far from straightforward. In fact, behavioral change in response to environmental degradation is arguably the single most important area of research and policy experimentation in environmental studies. Whether in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions or preventing deforestation, the link between knowledge and action has been weak at best. This gap in understanding how and when knowledge translates into action is particularly pronounced within the context of Amazonian communities because of their historic marginalization, which adds an additional layer of barrier onto the communication ofimportant scientific information.
The project will therefore explore the hypothesis that access to clear, reliable and actionable knowledge that is communicated effectively is key to better environmental and health outcomes. Special attention will be devoted to the subgroups that are actually in charge of water collection (e.g. women, children). Given the difficulty of providing detailed chemical data in a socio‐culturally adapted and relevant manner for indigenous communities with high rates of illiteracy and huge cultural differences among them, particular attention will be given to developing an approach that balances the need to communicate basic scientific facts in a manner compatible with indigenous and communal knowledge. Overall, the project will not only explore the effectiveness of such transparency mechanisms in bringing about short term behavioral changes but also as longer term sociopolitical mobilization in Amazonian communities of Peru and Ecuador.
Requirements and application procedure
The project is looking to recruit four PhD students to join the project team – two PhD students per project. Candidates should already have a Masters degree in economics, geography, anthropology, ecology, environmental sciences or other cognate fields.
Candidates should have strong command of both English and Spanish. Previous  research experience in either Peru or Ecuador would be an advantage. While the academic home of PhD researchers will be the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University (supervised by Lorenzo Pellegrini, Murat Arsel and Marti Orta Martinez), they will be required to spend extensive periods in the field in either of the two countries in the context of a non‐residential PhD programme. Fieldwork will take place in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon and will include long stays in remote areas. Willingness to engage with local communities, social organizations and a range of stakeholders is required. Candidates will work closely with the local counterparts of the project (In Peru, Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicos Unidos en Defensa de sus Territorios ‐ http://observatoriopetrolero.org/‐, in Ecuador, Frende de Defensa de la Amazonia ‐http://texacotoxico.net/‐) and other members of the study consortium, especially University San Francisco of Quito and Digital Democracy.
The PhD students will receive a full PhD fee waiver, a monthly stipend, equipment (laptop and smartphone) and a bursary covering field expenses. Positions will be reviewed annually and, contingent upon performance and available funds, be appointed to additional years.
Interested candidates should in the first instance send their CV and a brief motivational statement to arsel@iss.nl and pellegrini@iss.nl. After a pre‐selection round, candidates will be then asked to formally apply to the ISS PhD program in Development Studies.
The application deadline is 7 October 2015.
This project is funded by a the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (http://www.3ieimpact.org/)