GRG Research Assistant scores Yale Fellowship

9 Jul 2018 - 20:00

Opportunity doesn’t always come a-knocking, sometimes you have to set out in search of it yourself. This is what Elkanah Babatunde, who is currently pursuing his PhD in the UCT Faculty of Law, recently learned when an application completed in the nick of time landed him the illustrious Yale Fox International Fellowship.

“I really wanted to apply for one of UCT’s exchange programmes, but was struggling to find sufficient information,” Babatunde says.

A friend told him to visit the IAPO website and found the contact details for the programme officer of exchanges, Erin Pienaar.

“I told Erin I was interested in academic exchange programmes and if there was anything available now. She was really helpful and sent me the details of the Yale Fox International Fellowship. By this time, though, I only had a week – or something – to apply,” he recalls.

Having only recently submitted the proposal for his PhD, Babatunde fortunately had most of the documents at the ready and managed to complete his application just in time. His research will be looking at law and environmental security, focusing on the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. An agreement which deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance.