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Expressions of interest: Virtual workshop delivery

Commonwealth Futures Climate Research cohort 

The ACU and the British Council have partnered to establish the Commonwealth Climate Research cohort – providing a platform for 24-26 rising-star local researchers to bring multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise to a global stage, build international collaborations, and work with experts to influence issues related to climate and environment in their communities and beyond.  

The ACU-British Council partnership is seeking proposals from ACU member universities to deliver three virtual training workshops for the cohort.

In the lead-up to COP26, this unique cohort will work together, and alongside experts in the sector, to identify opportunities to engage and influence on issues related to climate and environment.

The three virtual training workshops are a core component of the programme, and focus on the following topics:

  • Research leadership
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Research-to-action

The workshops will equip the cohort with the skills to effectively communicate their research, and design and deliver their own research-to-action project. 

To ensure the successful delivery of this component, the ACU is recruiting facilitators to run each of the three workshops. 

Funding available 

A total of GBP 2,500 (plus VAT if applicable) is available to deliver each workshop.

It is possible that one team could deliver one, two, or all three workshops. If you intend to apply to deliver more than one of the workshops, you must submit an individual application for each one.

​Benefits of delivering the workshops

Delivering the workshops is great opportunity to raise your profile on an international stage, engage with climate researchers in the run up to COP26, facilitate international collaborations, and support the development and retention of research leaders in the sector.

Eligibility, role, and timelines 


Applicants must be employed by an ACU member university.

Delivery requirements

The researchers will be based in regions ranging from the Caribbean to the Pacific. It is  imperative that facilitators can ensure all members of the cohort are able to participate fully in the workshops, and take into account diverse time zones when preparing the delivery plan.

It may be that you will need to split the workshop into two sessions delivered over two days and run each session twice, in order to accommodate different time zones. Therefore, two days have been allocated to each workshop.

Detailed delivery requirements can be found in the full application guide below.


The application deadlines and delivery dates for each workshop are as follows:


Application deadline

Delivery dates

Workshop 1: Research Leadership


Applications closed March 19


April 14-15, 2021 UTC

Workshop 2: Knowledge Exchange

Applications closed April 2

May 12-13, 2021 UTC

Workshop 3: Research-to-action

Friday, April 16 at 9:00 UTC

June 16-17, 2021 UTC


How to apply

Applicants must submit a list of documents via email to by the dates specified above.

Click here to download the full application guide

The Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort is a partnership project designed and delivered by the British Council and the ACU.