COP26 Fellowships – Call for proposals

UK Research and Innovation, through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are sponsoring four to six one-year COP26 Fellowships.

The Fellowships will be an opportunity for early career and experienced researchers to engage with the international climate negotiations in the run up to the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).

The overarching purpose of the Fellowships is to support the international climate negotiations through the provision, synthesis, translation or interpretation of scientific evidence.

Thematic focus

Applications are invited from across disciplines, including social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and arts/humanities.  Within this disciplinary breadth, proposed topics must be of direct practical relevance to the deliberations at COP26 and support the objectives of the COP.

The following research topics have been identified as particularly salient to the COP negotiations.  However, innovative proposals on other COP-relevant topics, and proposals that cut across topics, are also welcome:

  • Raising ambition (for example, net zero targets, ambition in implementation, zero-carbon solutions)
  • Climate change and health, including links to Covid-19 (for example, compound climate and pandemic risks; co-benefits of climate and Covid responses)
  • Climate finance (for example, scaling up climate finance; the role of development finance institutions; the role of private capital)
  • Adaptation, climate resilience and loss & damage (for example., climate-smart development; nature-based solutions)
  • The case for a just transition (for example, socially inclusive decarbonisation; zero-carbon skills)
  • The Paris process and wider climate initiatives (for example, subnational / city-scale initiatives, place-based climate action, private sector initiatives).

Call details

The fellowships will be awarded through the ESRC-funded Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). For further details and to apply please visit the Call page on the PCAN website.

The closing date for applications is 28 June 2020.