International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Global University Climate Forum

A global climate action workshop for university students...


Think global, act local: from 30 November – 11 December countries from around the world will convene in Paris for the UN climate negotiations (COP21). Global climate change is not caused at the global scale, however, and to effectively address it we will need to do more than negotiate. The Global University Climate Forum is a call to action for university students. Student teams are invited to submit ideas for a project that will have measurable impacts – on campus, in communities or regions, or in the world. Selected teams will be invited to send two or three student representatives to participate in this one-day workshop during the conference (date to be confirmed). Following that event, student teams will be asked to report monthly on their progress through an online platform for one year.

(NOTE: The IARU Global University Forum cannot provide funding for student travel or accommodations. Students who cannot attend the event may still participate in the Forum, however. To do this, teams should submit proposals in accordance with the project deadlines. Following the Paris event, the online platform will be available to all participants.)

The forum is organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) lead by Yale University, and executed in collaboration with the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).

Application Information
Before completing an application please read the Application Guide (pdf) carefully. This guide provides information about the Forum, workshop and application process, as well as advice on creating a successful proposal. By completing this application, you are indicating that you would like to join the Forum, have read the requirements outlined in the guide and are willing and able to fulfill them. Please email with any questions or concerns about the application, possible projects, or the event in Paris.

Key Milestones
In order to accommodate the varied schedules of universities around the world, the Global Forum will hold two application sessions. Students who plan to attend COP21 and who will need visas to travel to France are strongly encouraged to apply during the first application session.

Application Period 1-CLOSED
(Recommended for those who may require visas)

  • Application Period Start: 31 March 2015
  • Application Deadline: 30 April 2015
  • Finalist Notification: 18 May 2015

Application Period 2
Apply online (Preferred for teams that will include first year students)

  • Application Period Start: 01 September 2015
  • Application Deadline: 01 October 2015
  • Finalist Notification: 16 October 2015

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