The University of Bonn and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) are delighted to announce that thanks to support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) they will be offering up to eight fully funded scholarships to students from developing countries for the Joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security.”
The main purpose of the two-year Master of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The Master’s programme content addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards and their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.
The programme’s primary goals are:
Theoretical and methodological expertise in the field of environmental risks and human security combined with practical experiences
Strong focus on developing countries/ Global South
Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment
Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions
Close cooperation with the UN system & international organizations
The Master programme offers great visibility and exposure to international organizations, federal agencies, academic and non-academic research organizations, as well as private companies and corporations involved in disaster risk reduction and preparedness, humanitarian aid, international relations, research on climate change, food security, spatial planning, and policy. Future career options may arise in all of these thematic fields depending on individual preferences and career goals.
Applicants must possess a first, higher education qualification (Bachelor’s Degree) in Geography or a related / comparable professionally certified study programme. Out of all higher education qualifications earned (Bachelor’s, Master’s, additional academic coursework, etc.) applicants must have accumulated at least 100 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) within courses related to the three following areas:
Human Geography and Social Sciences with a focus on spatial patterns, society, development;
Science methodology and empirical research methods;
Physical Geography, Geosciences and Environmental Sciences with a focus on Earth System Science.
A strong motivation to contribute to the area of Human Security and management of risks related to Environmental Change is a pre-requisite to study in this Master’s Programme. Applicants should be highly motivated to learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
A completed application packet consists of the following documents:
1. Completed and signed application form (REQUIRED)
2. A signed Résumé/CV (REQUIRED)
A current résumé including a chronological listing of employment and other significant activities must be submitted with any application.
3. Official transcripts (REQUIRED)
Applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university in which they were enrolled for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received
Only transcripts that have been certified by the university where the degree was awarded will be accepted
In cases where the transcript is written in any other language than English, a certified translation of the transcript into English or German is also required
Translated versions can be certified either by the originating university or an official national or international institution
4. Letter of motivation (REQUIRED)
A written statement, one to two pages in length, describing their motivation, area of proposed research, background, past work in the intended field of study, plans for further postgraduate study and any other information they feel is relevant. Applicants who are currently registered in a postgraduate programme at another university should explain why they wish to change programmes.
5. For non-native English speakers or applicants where English is not the official language, an English language proficiency certificate. (REQUIRED).
6. Copy of Bachelor Thesis or academic essay written as part of the fulfillment of the first degree (preferably in English). (REQUIRED).
7. If the candidate wishes to be considered for the Epos funding by the DAAD the candidate should add the DAAD application form, a motivation letter with reference to the current occupation, professional letters of recommendation from your employer (with recent date, stamped and signed), academic letters of recommendation from your university (with recent dates, stamped and signed), as well as a confirmation of employment from the employer in your home country and if possible, a guarantee of re-employment upon your return home.
8. Other relevant documents to support your application (OPTIONAL):
Further certificates on professional experience and expertise (recommended for Epos applicants)
Additional Certified Transcripts in cases where additional academic credits were earned outside of Degrees awarded
Letters of recommendation
All documents must be scanned and sent together as one single PDF file. Only Epos applicants might organize their application in two files. The file size for each file should not exceed 8 Megabytes (MB). Send completed application packet to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible candidates should fulfill the following requirements in addition to the general eligibility criteria for the Master’s programme:
Being a candidate from a “Developing Country” (according to the classification of the DAAD)
Having at least two years of practical work experience (e.g. with an NGO, GO, or the private sector) in a field related to the study programme.
Having graduated from the Bachelor no longer than five years ago.
Having completed no other Master in a similar field of studies.
Aiming at a career as a practitioner in a field related to the programme of study.
Fields of study include:
Geographical approaches to risk, vulnerability and resilience
New approaches to development geography
Earth system science.
Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, as well as GIS & Remote Sensing
Social-ecological systems, Risk & Technology.
Risk management and governance, forecast & prediction.
Disaster management, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and humanitarian response.