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International Research Institutes

Earthwatch Institute

Description:

Earthwatch's mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education in order to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Earthwatch supports and works with hundreds of scientists each year, and continues to build a network of thousands of students, teachers and volunteers.

Headquarters:

Earthwatch Institute (US office)
114 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02134, USA

Contact:

  • Tel: 978-461-0081
  • Fax: 978-461-2332

Earthwatch has a variety of email contacts depending on the topic of your inquiry.

Offer:

  • Career employment
  • Internships (unpaid)
  • Fellowships

Categories:

Key research areas (ecosystem services; climate change; oceans; cultural heritage)

Locations:

  • United States
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Australia
  • Asia

Other:

The Earthwatch Institute believes in promoting a citizen-science model when it comes to environmental and conservation research. Each year, Earthwatch's Fellowship Programs enable hundreds of students, teachers, conservation professionals and corporate employees to join research expeditions at little or no out-of-pocket expense. Earthwatch Fellows are emissaries of the Earthwatch mission, sharing their experiences and new knowledge with thousands of students, teachers, and colleagues upon their return.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Description:

IIED is an independent policy research organization that promotes research, action and policy change linking the local to the global level to achieve sustainable development. IIED works with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them, from village councils to international conventions.

Headquarters:

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray’s Inn Road
London, England WC1X 8NH

Contact:

Offer:

  • Career employment
  • Internships (unpaid by IIED, but sponsored through external organizations)
  • Volunteering

Categories:

  • Climate change
  • governance
  • human settlements
  • natural resources
  • sustainable markets

Locations:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Central & South America
  • Middle East
  • the Pacific

Other:

Great series of employee interviews talking about why they joined, working for IIED, tips for prospective applicants, etc.

Research Triangle Institute (RTI)

Description:

RTI is an independent, nonprofit institute that provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Our mission is to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.

Headquarters:

RTI International
3040 East Cornwallis Road
P.O. Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194

Contact:

Offer:

  • Career employment
  • Internships (unpaid)
  • Fellowships
  • Co-ops
  • Post-Docs

Categories:

Health research; drug discovery and development; education and training research; survey research and services; statistics research; international development; economic and social research; advanced technology research and development; energy research; environmental research; laboratory and chemistry services.

Locations:

  • United States
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Central & South America
  • the Pacific

Other:

RTI International is seeking individuals of intellect, creativity, and commitment who understand the vital connection between focused research and social results, who realize that furthering a career in science and study can provide a significant benefit to society.

Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Description:

CGIAR is a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for sustainable development with the funders of this work. The funders include developing and industrialized country governments, foundations, and international and regional organizations.

Objectives include:

  1. Create and accelerate sustainable increases in the productivity and production of healthy food by and for the poor.
  2. Conserve, enhance and sustainably use natural resources and biodiversity to improve the livelihoods of the poor in response to climate change and other factors.
  3. Promote policy and institutional change that will stimulate agricultural growth and equity to benefit the poor, especially rural women and other disadvantaged groups.

Headquarters:

CGIAR Fund Office
The World Bank
MSN G6-601
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC. 20433, USA

Contact:

The work they support is carried out by 15 members of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. In addition, they work in close collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector

See the next entry titled “Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers”.

Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers

Headquarters:

Office of the Consortium
c/o AGROPOLIS International
Avenue Agropolis
F-34394 Montpellier Cedex 5, France

Contact:

Centers:

  • Africa Rice Center: Cotonou, Benin
  • Bioversity International: Rome, Italy
  • International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT): Cali, Columbia
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR): Bogor, Indonesia
  • International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT): Mexico City, Mexico
  • International Potato Center (CIP): Lima, Peru
  • International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA): Aleppo, Syria
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT): Patancheru, India
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI): Washinton DC, USA
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA): Ibadan, Nigeria
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI): Nairobi, Kenya
  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI): Los Banos, Philippines
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI): Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF): Nairobi, Kenya
  • WorldFish Center: Penang, Malaysia

Africa Rice Center

Description:

The Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) is a leading pan-African research organization. Its mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment.

Headquarters:

Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice)
01 B.P. 2031
Cotonou, Benin

Contact:

Offer:

  • Career employment
  • Limited term appointments

Categories:

Program areas (genetic diversity & improvement; sustainable productivity enhancement; policy, innovation systems, & impact assessment; rice sector development)

  • Primarily across Africa

Other:

Proficiency in French is highly preferred, if not necessary, for several of the opportunities offered by the Africa Rice Center.

Bioversity International

Description:

Bioversity International is a world leading research-for-development non-profit organization, working towards a world in which smallholder farming communities in developing countries are thriving and sustainable. Bioversity's purpose is to investigate the conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity in order to achieve better nutrition, improve smallholders’ livelihoods and enhance agricultural sustainability.

Headquarters:

Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari 472/a
00057 Maccarese (Fiumicino) Rome, Italy

Contact:

Offer:

  • Career employment
  • Limited term appointments
  • Internships (paid stipend)
  • Fellowships
  • Scholarships
  • Graduate Research

Categories:

Improved nutrition, greater sustainability, conservation and use

Locations:

  • North, Central, & South America
  • Asia
  • the Pacific
  • Africa
  • Europe

Other:

Bioversity International works with a global range of partners to provide a comprehensive program of training materials, courses and support.