Call for Applications Masters Dissertations Grants : CDB_WSL Programme

The Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and the The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Switzerland, jointly co-ordinate the projectBiodiversity and Livelihood in Land-use gradients in an Era of Climate Change”, which is financially supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

As in 2011, this year also, the project offers opportunity to make research and prepare dissertations for two M.Sc. 2nd year studentsfrom Central Department of Botany, and one student from Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University, in the following topics:
·         Lower Plants- Lichens: Distribution, Uses Practices and Taxonomic Identification
·         Higher Plants – Plant Systematics and Plant Functional Traits (PFT)
·         Birds and Butterflies – Distribution and Taxonomic identification
The project aims at studying how different levels of land-use intensity (from primeval forests to arable fields) do affect biodiversity. We are replicating land-use gradients at various altitudes in three regions with different regional climate in Nepal. In this second year of  project implementation, selected MSc students will be working together with other Three PhD scholars and Professors from TU and WSL in Manaslu Conservation Area (Tsum Valley), Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (Ghunsa Valley) and Sagarmatha National Park and its Buffer Zone (Dudhkunda Valley). The first phase of 2012 field work is starting from March 16, Friday.
To apply for the above positions, mail an application with a page of cover letter describing why you would like to join this project, First year marksheet (after result), define the unit you have joined recently, and a recent CV to the Head, Central Department of Botany, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal (  and Prof. Christoph Scheidegger, WSL, Switzerland ( within February 24, 2012 Friday.
The shortlisted candidates will be called for interview on February 29, Wednesday and the list of selected candidates will be published in notice board and department website ( on the March 4, Sunday. The selected students will be trained and fully funded for their dissertations.