The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort 2021

Deadline: 31 January 2021
Open to: PhD holders at the time of application, based at an ACU member university
Benefits: funded attendance at COP26 in Glasgow, UK


The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort is seeking 24 talented climate and environment researchers committed to building climate resilience through multidisciplinary research.

The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort is for passionate climate and environment researchers seeking to enhance their leadership and knowledge exchange skills. This unique Cohort will work together, and with experts from across the Commonwealth, to identify opportunities to engage and influence on issues of climate and environment in the lead up to COP26.

Through providing training, access to networks and COP26 travel funding, the ACU and the British Council are working in partnership to support rising stars in climate and environment research who are working towards solutions for climate-vulnerable regions across the Commonwealth.


  • Applicant should be based at an ACU member university;
  • Hold a PhD at the time of application;
  • Be a post-doctoral researcher with no more than eight years of post-doctoral research experience working in the broad field of climate and environment research, who is in a funded research role until at least December 2021;
  • Have a letter signed by your head of department, supervisor, or other senior member of staff supporting your participation in this project between March-November 2021.


Successful applicants will benefit from:

  • Funded attendance at COP26 in Glasgow, UK (travel restriction dependent).
  • Leadership training with a cohort of peers through virtual, expert-led workshops.
  • Skills development for knowledge exchange and policy influence.
  • The opportunity to conduct a peer-led research-to-action project with seed funding.
  • Access to mentorship from an international network of climate and environment researchers through the ACU’s Climate Change and Resilience Network.


For more information, visit the official website.