International Fellowship Program

World Forest Institute (WFI)


Grant amount: US $5,000

Deadline: Oct 15, 2018

Applicant type: Graduate Student Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: Oregon

Age restriction: No more than 21 years of age

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Overview:

About the Program

The WFI International Fellowship Program hosts natural resource professionals from around the world at the World Forest Institute’s campus in Portland, Oregon, for 6 months. Applicants propose a research topic to focus on during their Fellowship, and WFI uses its extensive network of public and private forestry and natural resource professionals to assist Fellows in gaining the knowledge and exposure they seek.


Oregon is an ideal learning ground for the program because of its rich natural resources, innovative history in forest management, an important timber sector, and academic centers of excellence in both forestry and urban forestry, as well as green building and sustainability.  Fellows leave the program with a solid understanding of how the US forestry sector operates and who the key players are. Additionally, Fellows gain invaluable cultural experience and English language skills.  Over 130 Fellows from more than 40 countries have participated in the program over the past two decades


The WFI Fellowship Program is a six month professional development opportunity for individuals who are ready to take the next step in their careers. It is a non-academic practical learning experience. This is not an internship, but an opportunity to study and network with people working in forestry. Each year we accept eight participants from around the world.

The fellowship has three main components:

  • Research Project: Fellows focus on learning about a specific subject matter that they propose in their application to the program. The research questions are answered by conducting literature reviews, interviewing leaders in their field, and networking throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Study Tours: Weekly group field visits are scheduled to learn about best practices in the natural resources sector through first-hand observation.
  • Presentations: Fellows give presentations about their countries and area of expertise in natural resources. Fellows also attend presentations to learn about how all sectors of natural resources are managed in the US and other parts of the world.

Funding Details 

For a 6-month program, the total cost is $10,000 USD. You pay $5,000 and then we apply a matching grant of $5,000 for a combined $10,000 total. From that $10,000 we pay you a monthly stipend of approximately $1,600 USD (it's different for everyone because of taxes, but you receive anywhere between $1,200 - $1,600/month). 


You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Fellowship candidates should meet these minimum qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the field of forestry, natural resources, or other related degree.

    • Alternatively, candidates with at least five years of natural resources work experience may apply.

      • If your last degree was earned over a year ago, please show proof on your resume of at least one year of work experience in the natural resources field since receiving your degree.

    • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

    • Initial research proposal on a topic relevant to forestry or natural resources in the home country.

      • The project should take advantage being in the Pacific Northwest and you must show how working in the Pacific Northwest will further your professional goals.

    • Ability to be self-motivated, to work independently towards a clear research goal or output, and to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.


Preferences:

  • Preferably applicants have some practical work experience in natural resources.