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Student travel opportunity - attend International Conference on Sustainable Development 2019


Take your passion for sustainable development to a new level!

The Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), with the support of Monash Abroad, is offering travel scholarships for Monash students to attend the 2019 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD 2019) in New York.

Conference Date: 24-25 September 2019
Location: New York, USA
Applications Close: 11:59 pm AEST, 2 May 2019

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About the conference

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) is the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) premier annual global gathering and a significant global conference on sustainable development.

ICSD brings together academics and students with stakeholders from government, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and business to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. ICSD generally has around 1000 attendees and many well-known speakers.

ICSD 2019 will take place on 24-25 September 2019 in New York City, with an overall theme of Good Practice: Models, Partnerships, and Capacity Building for the SDGs .

The opportunity

As a leading participant in SDSN and a leader on the implementation of the SDGs, MSDI is excited to provide travel scholarships with the support of Monash Abroad for Monash students to attend ICSD 2019. A limited number of travel scholarships of $2000 each are open to any full-time Monash undergraduate or Masters student (based in Australia) who will be enrolled during Semester 2 of 2019.

ICSD takes place during an exciting and busy time for sustainable development in New York, with the UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week happening around the same time. So in addition to ICSD, students may have an opportunity to attend other high profile forums and events in the days before and after the conference.

Application process

The travel scholarships will be awarded based on an abstract submission to ICSD which will be for consideration for a poster presentation at the conference. Only abstract submissions with a confirmation of submission to ICSD by their deadline will be considered by the review panel for the travel scholarship, and each student applicant must meet all of the ICSD requirements including obtaining acceptance for the poster presentation at the conference by ICSD, for a travel scholarship to be awarded.

To apply,

  1. Abstracts must be submitted to ICSD through their online submission process by their advertised deadline of 1st May 2019.
  2. Students must complete MSDI’s ICSD travel scholarship application form here (including uploading a copy of your ICSD abstract submission confirmation). You must be logged on with your Monash username to access it. The application form for the travel scholarship deadline is strictly 11:59 pm Thursday, 2 May 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed around mid- to late June and planning for travel and activities during and before/after the conference will start in early July. Support for professional printing of the posters for presentation will also be made available to the successful applicants.

The conference theme is Good Practice: Models, Partnerships, and Capacity Building for the SDGs. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the ICSD conference topics.

  1. Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters
  2. Engaging Across the Generations: Children and the SDGs
  3. Good Practices at the Nexus of Water, Energy, and Agriculture
  4. Good Practices in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience
  5. Good Practices in Sustainable Food Production
  6. Good Practices in the Energy Sector: Modeling and Simulation, Case-Studies, and Capacity Building
  7. Indigenous Approaches to Sustainable Development
  8. Pedagogy & Delivery Methods for Sustainability Education, Training, and Outreach
  9. Population, Sustainability, and Intergenerational Transfers
  10. Responsible Consumption and Production
  11. SDG Partnerships and Whole-of-Society Engagement
  12. SDGs: Making Trade-offs and Synergies Transparent
  13. Stakeholder and Community Engagement for Sustainable Urban Change
  14. The Role of National and Transnational Knowledge Cooperation in the Implementation of the SDGs
  15. The Role of Transport in Achieving the SDGs
  16. Transforming the Higher Education System to Accelerate SDG Implementation


Aleasha McCallion, (, Monash Sustainable Development Institute

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Applications close 11:59 pm Thursday, 2 May 2019.