FAQ

‚ÄčFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the geographical coverage of the Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation, which will be held in August 2017 and February 2018?
The upcoming training programme is open only to participants residing in the Asia and the Pacific region. Ten selected participants residing in the countries where ECCA workshops have already been held, namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, will receive full scholarships.  Five selected participants residing in Thailand and ten selected participants residing in other countries of Asia and the Pacific can attend on a self-funded basis.


How can I apply for a full scholarship to attend the training programme?

While filling the application form, please answer "NO" to the question on sponsorship from your own organization. Please submit a nomination letter signed by an authorised representative of your organization.  A letter of nomination can also be prepared using a template of your own organization as long as all the information contained in the ECCA template is included.


I am not based in any of the countries in which the ECCA workshops were held previously (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam), can I still apply for a full scholarship?

Although preference will be given to candidates from the above-mentioned countries, the Selection Panel will also consider other aspects mentioned in the application form, such as relevance of work experience and the potential to apply the skills acquired, during the selection process. Applicants from other countries are encouraged to pursue sponsorship opportunities from other sources, such as their own organization.


Can only government officers attend the training programme?

The training programme is open to participation of representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations, research institutions and graduate students. Preference will be given to applicants working on climate change adaptation and/or having an educational background in economics or statistics so that they can apply the content of the training programme to their work.


Will only government officers be eligible for a full scholarship?

The scholarships will be awarded to representatives of different types of organizations, governmental and non-governmental, based on the assessment of applications using the selection criteria.


What are the selection criteria for attending the upcoming ECCA training programme?

The applicants will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Professional experience
  • Educational background
  • Potential for applying the content of the training programme
  • Motivation level
  • Understanding of issues and challenges relating to climate change adaptation


Is there a course fee for the training programme?

Training fee and the cost of training materials are waived for all participants. The self-supported participants will have to cover their travel costs (including visa fee, if applicable), local transport, accommodation, and subsistence. Although travel or health insurance is not mandatory, participants are encouraged to obtain it before their travel.


What is the estimated cost of attending the
ECCA training programme on a self-funded basis for the upcoming August session?
The cost will have to be estimated by each candidate. Self-supported participants should base their estimate on the following:

  • Travel costs to and from Bangkok
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Accommodation between 20 August and 02 September 2017 at a walking distance from the venue: approximately USD 45/night for a single standard room or USD 62/night for a single special room with breakfast and WiFi
  • Transport cost between the airport and the venue: around USD 60 for a round trip

 Note that lunch will be provided free of charge to all participants during the training days (from Monday to Friday).


Can students attend the training programme?

Graduate students enrolled in courses relating to Economics, Statistics or Climate Change are welcome to apply. Graduate students who need a full scholarship  should submit a nomination letter signed by their respective universities. Students based in Bangkok do not need to submit a nomination letter. Undergraduate-level students are not eligible to participate in the training programme.


When and how will the selected participants be notified?

The selection process will be carried out in June 2017, and the selected participants will be contacted by email shortly after that.


Should the application be submitted by an agency or should an interested applicant submit the application himself/herself?

Applicants must submit duly signed documents.  Only a nomination letter is to be signed by an authorised representative of the organization with which the applicant is affiliated.


Can an organization nominate more than one candidate?

Yes, an organization can nominate more than one candidate.


I am a representative of a non-governmental organization. Is a recommendation from the government required?   

A recommendation letter from a governmental organization is not a requirement, but it may strengthen your application. 


Can an employee of a municipal government receive a full scholarship?

Employees of municipal governments and local authorities are welcome to apply and are eligible for ful scholarships as long as they meet all requirements.


I am a citizen of one of the ten targeted countries living and working outside the Asia and the Pacific region. Am I eligible for a full scholarship?

No, only applicants residing in the Asia and the Pacific region are eligible for a full scholarship, independent of their nationality.


According to the announcement, five participants from Thailand can attend the training programme. Will these participants be selected from particular agencies?

The training programme is open to participation of representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations, research institutions and graduate students. Preference will be given to applicants working on climate change adaptation and/or having an educational background in economics or statistics so that they can apply the content of the training programme to their work.