Resources Himalaya Foundation
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP/ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME
Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) was founded under the leadership of the late Dr. Pralad Yonzon. Initiated in 1986 as Resources Nepal in the form of a self-governing private organization, it was registered as a non‐governmental, non‐profit organization with the Government of Nepal in 2003. RHF aims at promoting good science to facilitate informed and evidence based decision-making to secure both biodiversity and resource conservation and improved livelihoods of the poor. A champion of biodiversity conservation in the region, the Foundation has been focusing its efforts on three areas – innovative research and policy analysis, mentoring and capacity building of younger generation, and creating a platform for knowledge management and dissemination.
In 2007 RHF was awarded the internationally prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions for the work accomplished by the Foundation under the leadership of Dr Pralad Yonzon. The award amount was utilized to secure and develop the Foundations’s premises in Naya Bato, Lalitpur. It operates with a modest administrative set-up geared towards facilitating mentoring and related academic and research activities. In recent years, the Foundation is aggressively tagging young minds through innovative investment and long‐term mentorship to build competent human resource for tomorrow. Under a self-initiated annual program “Building the Next Generation”, it offers research grant and mentorship to master’s level students every year. This year (2015), over 2o such students have been selected for the award. The Foundation lacks regular mentors to guide the grantees and often relies on the goodwill of the academics of the Universities.
In recent years, young conservation scientists, after receiving higher academic degree in Nepal or abroad, have been eager to work with the Foundation to enhance their skill through practical application of their knowledge in specific research areas and contribute to research capacity building. They also seek professional platform for mobilizing and engaging groups of environmental graduates in their own research and also in professional networking and dissemination of research outcomes. Through its sister organization Environmental Graduates in Himalaya (EGH) Resources Himalaya Foundation provides a forum for bringing together environmental graduates and researchers for academic interaction, trainings, seminars and similar other activities. Trainings and mentorship activities have alos benefitted from having well qualified and enthusiastic young researchers as Research Fellows in the Foundation. Many of our past mentees have returned as Research Fellows and have contributed to the activities of the Foundation even as they engage in their own research activities. This creates a win-win situation where the Fellow well as the mentees/environmental graduates profit from the interaction and contribute to the attainment of the objectives of the Foundation. The Fellowship is an honorary position and no formal remuneration of any kind is currently provided.
The Research Fellowship programme at RHF has been going on for some time but has largely been of an informal nature. The idea of formalizing the fellowships is to create opportunities for the young researchers themselves as well as the larger environmental studies community in promoting research, mentoring, capacity building on a variety of issues related to the
environment, conservation and livelihood. We expect the Research Fellows/ Associate to endeavour to create and expand the opportunities for research and capacity building by enerating and attracting funds for research and in the process nurturing a new generation of conservation leaders.
The objective of the RHF Fellowship/ Associate programme is to provide space for the young conservation scientists for developing ideas, or working on the proposed or ongoing research and interacting with new environmental graduates or conservation scientists and creating a hub for research, training and dissemination of research outcomes. Specifically this Fellowship will focus on following objectives:
1. Provide opportunities for young conservation scientists to strengthen their skills through applied research, peer networking, and field learning experiences.
2. Help the young conservation scientists build productive partnerships with conservation practitioners;
3. Encourage the young fellows to contribute and communicate scientific knowledge to problems of critical importance in conservation, and
4. Facilitate the young fellows in developing research proposals and mobilize resources from national and international funding agencies to conduct research in contemporary environmental and conservation issues.
The applicant for RHF Fellow/ Assocaite should be a highly self-motivated young researcher preferably with PhD degree in the field of environment and conservation, and credentials and references to prove the same.
Any aspiring qualified young environment/conservation scientist can apply for the position at RHF. The application should include:
1. Statement of intent specifying the probable dates for the fellowship
2. Brief concept note (maximum two pages) on the area of work and involvement
3. Specific note on how the applicant plans to contribute as research fellow to the objectives of RHF
4. Brief bio-data with at least two references
RHF reserves the right of final decision in the selection process of the candidate.
RHF will provide a working space for the research fellow with a work table, internet facility, and power supply. The fellows can use other RHF facilities such as photocopy, scanning as per regulation and the use of meeting rooms, seminar hall etc in coordination with RHF staff. RHF can also provide opportunities for involvement in training, capacity building and research or involvement in projects when available at RHF.
The fellowship period will be for one year, subject to termination or extension as indicated on a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties.
RHF expects following contribution from the Fellow:
1. Seminar presentation, at least two during the tenure of one year
2. Participation in RHF activities, specifically in training and mentoring of university graduate students
3. Development of research proposals, training and other capacity building programmes with the potential of involving EGH graduates. Such research programmes will be implemented through RHF as per regulations.
4. Uphold the spirit of RHF in practicing good science and knowledge generation for conservation and livelihood.