cop26logoThe 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (“COP26”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Glasgow, UK, from October 31st to November 12th, 2021.

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is now accepting applications to join the University of Waterloo’s virtual delegation.

Please note that UWaterloo will not be sending any delegates to Glasgow in-person for COP26 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. While a formal decision from the COP26 Secretariat on the ability of delegations to participate virtually has not yet been announced, IC3 has decided to move ahead with the student application process in anticipation that this will happen soon.

Virtual participation promises to provide delegates with exciting opportunities to witness international negotiations, take in dialogues and sessions from leading climate change organizations from around the world, and network with fellow delegates and climate leaders.

Applications are due no later than Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 at 3:00 pm EDST. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted through the online form.

A shortlist of applicants may be contacted for an interview


All current UWaterloo graduate students are eligible to apply for a delegation spot.

Preference will be given to students undertaking graduate research with faculty members affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, the Water Institute, and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, as well as students currently enrolled in the Master of Climate Change program.

Applicants must be a registered graduate student at the University of Waterloo

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program where the degree is granted from the University of Waterloo

Applicants must not have attended a previous COP using IC3 funding


In addition to these eligibility requirements, the ideal student delegate will:

Be a confident self-starter who excels at networking and meeting new people in conference environments;

Demonstrate their experience and knowledge of international climate change governance and challenges;

Demonstrate an exceptional level of commitment to professional development through attending COP26;

Commit to p to 2 hours/week of preparation to strategize on the delegation's activities, plan logistics, reach out to key stakeholders, and plan communication efforts;

Do your own research to build knowledge of the UNFCCC process, Canadian policy positions, and international issues of interest to you;

Act as an informed and active ambassador of the University of Waterloo.

Write 2 communication pieces (blogs) during your week participating in COP26, and complete a reflection blog within a week after COP26.