HUC Academy 2018 

Climate Science and Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region – a Transdisciplinary Approach

Kathmandu, 1–14 July 2018
Date of circulation: 30 March 2018
Application deadline: 30 April 2018


The HUC Academy is the consortium’s flagship annual intensive programme, and provides opportunities for young researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary scholarship. It aims to foster a new generation of transformational leaders committed to mountain research, capable of producing consequential knowledge, innovate policies, and environmentally responsible business practices to address HKH mountain challenges from transboundary perspectives. The four signature features of the HUC Academy are mountain focus, interdisciplinarity, field research, and leadership. 

The HUC Academy 2018, titled Climate Science and Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region – a Transdisciplinary Approach, will take place in Kathmandu from 1–14 July 2018, as part of a two-year grant to HUC by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project aims to advance climate science knowledge and promote effective and sustainable adaptation measures. It seeks to upscale the impacts of interventions made by the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) to the larger HKH region and promote regional collaboration between institutions of higher education in India and those in neighbouring countries, under the continued support of Swiss expertise. 


The HUC Academy 2018 aims to:

  • Enhance scientific and applied knowledge on selected issues related to climate change and adaptation in the HKH region. 
  • Identify a set of practical skills and competencies academics, practitioners, and future leaders will need, and help them work on the same. 
  • Create an interdisciplinary network of teaching faculty and scholars of climate change and adaptation in and for the HKH.   

Targeted Audience

The HUC Academy targets early faculty members and PhD/Doctoral scholars from HUC member universities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan who are conducting research and training on issues related to climate change and adaptation for sustainable mountain development.


The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Early-career faculty members from or PhD scholars enrolled at HUC full members (Annex).  
  • Female candidates and applicants from marginalized communities will be given preference. 
  • Past HUC fellows are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • A good working knowledge of English is necessary.

The selection panel will review applications for 20 fully funded seats and two additional seats for self-funded or third party-paying participants.

Application Requirements

A complete application includes:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae (max four pages)
  • A description of your current research and its relation to climate change and adaptation issues in the HKH (max 2,000 words, including references)
  • A scanned copy of proof of current employment or PhD enrolment
  • A letter of recommendation – from the Head of Institution for full-time faculty members or from their Supervisor for PhD scholars

Incomplete and late applications will not be reviewed.

Procedures to Apply

Please send your queries to The Himalayan University Consortium Secretariat 

Important Dates

Programme dates: 1–14 July 2018
Deadline for application: 30 April 2018
Notification of selection: 15 May 2018
Deadline of acceptance: 20 May 2018
Deadline for cost-free withdrawal: 10 June 2018

Please send your queries to The Himalayan University Consortium Secretariat