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As close monitoring of COVID-19 continues, GIWS is working closely with USask and our home departments to keep you informed on best practices and recommendations. 

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Northern fish are tough, but climate change is causing some to dwindle
Co-author and GIWS member, Dr. Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle, discusses the ramifications climate change has on hardy fish found in northern latitudes.



Master of Water Security (MWS)

The Master of Water Security (MWS) is a 12-month interdisciplinary project-based program that focuses on a holistic approach to water security. 

SENS is currently accepting applications for September 2020. We will continue to accept applications until the program is full; please submit your application as early as possible to ensure adequate time for consideration by the admissions committee.


Complete Stochatic Modelling Solution (CoSMoS-R)
Version 2 of CoSMoS R-package is now available on CRAN! Simulate rainfall, streamflow, wind or relative humidity in seconds. Just choose the probability distribution and correlations of the time series you want to generate and it'll and it'll do the rest!



Congratulations to Juliane Schultz

Congratulations to Geography and Planning graduate student Juliane Schultz for successfully defending her thesis “Factors Facilitating and Constraining the Inclusion of First Nations in Watershed Planning in Alberta, Canada” on June 29, 2020. Financial support for Juliane’s research was from the Department of Geography and Planning as well as the Global Institute for Water Security.
Juliane is now working full time as a Watershed Technician with the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards Inc.

#1 in Water Resources Research in Canada
The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is ranked first in Canada and 20th in the world for water resources research, according to the recently published 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).



Distinguished Lecture Series

The Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures are proud to present a weekly virtual seminar series featuring top water experts from around the world. These lectures are free and open to all.

Starting September 23, 2020, all lectures will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 am CST. 


Lets Talk About Water Film Festival

The Let's Talk About Water - Water Film Prize - 2020 winners showcase features both winning films from our Youth and International Film Prize.

Watch the 2020 winners showcase!

In the News

Summer with Greta
July 10, 2020 - BBC Radio 4
Climate activist, Greta Thunberg, describes her visit to the Canadian Rockies from earlier this year. .

Recent Publications

Kinar, N. J., Pomeroy, J. W., and Si, B.: Signal processing for in situ detection of effective heat pulse probe spacing radius as the basis of a self-calibrating heat pulse probe, Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 9, 293–315,, 2020.
He, Z., Unger-Shayesteh, K., Vorogushyn, S., Weise, S. M., Duethmann, D., Kalashnikova, O., Gafurov, A., and Merz, B.: Comparing Bayesian and traditional end-member mixing approaches for hydrograph separation in a glacierized basin, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 3289–3309,, 2020.

Patrick, Robert. Building Water Security through Drinking Water Protection Planning​
with Indigenous Communities in Canada.
UNESCO i-WSSM. 2019. Water Security and the
Sustainable Development Goals. Global Water Security Issues (GWSI) Case​
Studies, UNESCO i-WSSM, Daejeon, South Korea.


Upcoming Courses, Workshops and Webinars

GW4 WSA PhD CON2020: Knowledge Flow - Building Bridges between Science & Community
September 28 - 30, 2020

A team of PhD students from across the GW4 are leading an exciting new conference. Working with the WSA and The Flow Partnership, their event will bring together practitioners working with communities across the world, and researchers, working in fields spanning climate change, water scarcity and resource management, flood risk and policy, to explore this vital ‘knowledge flow’.


CREATE for Water Security webinar: Site-specific risk for contaminated sites

The NSERC CREATE for Water Security program is hosting a range of webinars on personal, professional and technical skills development for water security graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Ms. Samantha Morgan from Matrix-Solutions Ltd., Calgary will be presenting on ‘site-specific risk for contaminated sites’. Please find connection details for the webinar listed below.

Zoom Meeting Details:

August 11, 10:00 am CST

Meeting ID: 438 128 5978
Password: 475625

NHNv2 Workshop 4: Groundwater, surface water, atmosphere - integration of water cycle data enabled by a new hydrologic features model for Canada

Natural Resources Canada is holding a series of workshops to generate requirements for a new version of the National Hydro Network (NHN) that will support analysis ready hydrologic features and associated web services. 

Zoom Meeting Details:
July 31, 11: 00 am CST 

Meeting ID: 842 0579 6605

Password: water

Process-Based Hydrological Modelling
Fall 2020

Due to concerns related to Covid-19, this course will be offered online during the Fall term (9:00-11:50am on Tuesdays, September-December 2020). In subsequent years the course will be offered as a field school at the Barrier Lake Field Station and will include logistics fees.

Water and Nutrient Fluxes in Ecosystems Under a Changing Climate: a Tracer-based Perspective
November 4-6, 2020
Heidelberg, Germany
Abstract submissions deadline: August 3, 2020
Registration deadline: September 7, 2020

Funding and Award Opportunities

🆕 2020 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security

2020 GCSP Prize for Innovation in Global Security - Now accepting applications

The winners (first, second and third place) will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of renowned practitioners from international organisations, governments and the private sector, based on the following criteria:

  • Dedication to sustainable global security
  • Preservation of human dignity, security and justice
  • Creativity and Originality

The prize for the application coming in first position is CHF 10’000 and a certificate of excellence. The two other finalist applications will receive a certificate of recognition.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2020 at 18:00 UTC+2. The winner will be announced on 25 November 2020 as part of the GCSP 25th Anniversary Celebration.


New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2020 Exploration

In the near future NFRF-Exploration applications will be added to the USask grants repository under the SSHRC heading, though all three agencies are encompassed within the program, administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS) housed within SSHRC.

Internal deadlines: the RASI internal deadline remains set at 5 business days prior to the external agency deadline. As both the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Full Application stages are submitted institutionally, applications must be received through UnivRS by the follow dates:

1. NOI: August 11, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal August 18, 2020)
2. Full Application: October 13, 2020 (Submitted in Convergence Portal October 20, 2020)


Commonwealth Scholarship

These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for Education in conjunction with UK universities to support world class research and to contribute to UK higher education and research to help sustain international recognition of the UK higher education system and for the benefit of wider society. The CSC does not offer scholarships to candidates from high income Commonwealth countries who have already started their PhD study in the UK.

Application deadline: August 10, 2020 17:00 (BST)


2020-21 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) competition

Launched by the Vanier-Banting Secretariat, this program offers funding for individuals with PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree completion between September 15, 2017 and September 30, 2021 (inclusively) and is open to both Canadian and international researchers.

Value & duration

  • $70,000 per year (taxable)
  • 2 years (non-renewable)

Process to apply
Nominations must be endorsed by the University of Saskatchewan and will be reviewed internally throughout the application development process to determine suitability for final submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat. The University of Saskatchewan timeline.

Key dates

  • July 3, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of U of S Notification of Intent (NOI).  Please see the attached NOI form for details as well as the full competition timeline. Nominees will be notified by July 17th if they have been selected to proceed to the full application stage.
  • August 12, 2020 – 8:00 am (CST): Deadline for submission of full application for internal review and recommendation. Nominees will be notified by August 24th if their application is suitable for submission to the national competition.
  • October 1, 2020 – 8:00am (EDT): Deadline for submission to the Vanier-Banting Secretariat.  Competition results are expected in mid-February 2020.



Eligibility changes to NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships program


NSERC is removing the one-per-lifetime restriction on applications to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program. For the 2021 competition year (application deadline October 19, 2020), unsuccessful applicants from previous competitions will be able to apply again, provided they still meet all other eligibility criteria. 


GWF PhD Excellence Scholarships


The entrance scholarship is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise, have exceptional communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities, and at the time of application have not yet accepted or registered for a PhD program at University of Saskatchewan.

Application deadline: October 16th, 2020


Job Opportunities

Project Scientist II / Research Scientist
Boulder Colorado
Application deadline: July 31, 2020
User Experience Researcher
University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado
Application deadline: August 2, 2020
Post Doctoral Fellow 1 (Hydrology & Water Temperature Modeling) NCAR - UCAR
Boulder, Colorado
Application deadline: August 5, 2020

Exascale Software Engineer III
Boulder, Colorado
Professor of Empire Innovation in High Resolution Atmospheric Modeling 
University of Albany, State University of New York,
Atmospheric Sciences Research Centre (ASRC)

Application deadline: open until filled

Jarislowsky Chair in Sustainable Water Futures
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Chemistry and Biogeochemistry
Application deadline: open until filled

Research Scientist Positions - Water Modelling Team
Global Water Futures
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled


Student Opportunities

Integrated surface water and groundwater modelling under changing climate and land management factors
University of Alberta
Application deadline: open until filled

Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position in Tropical Convective Processes and Variability over West Africa
University of Oklahoma
Application deadline: open until filled

GWF Water Modelling opportunities
  • Postdoctoral scholars in Planetary Water Prediction (8 positions)
  • Postdoctoral scholar in convection-permitting climate modelling (1 position)
  • PhD students in computational hydrology (4 positions)

MES in Interdisciplinary Nutrient Monitoring and Management (2 positions)
University of Saskatchewan
Application deadline: open until filled
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