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WFI International Fellowship Program in USA, 2016

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The World Forest Institute (WFI) invites applications for international fellowship program available for both US and foreign nationals. Fellowship provides young forestry and forest products professionals from around the world to work at the World Forest Institute for 6 to 12 months. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of US $1,000 after tax withholdings. The Fellowship salary is sufficient to cover basic living expenses such as rent and food. Fellows are encouraged to obtain supplementary funding to cover these additional costs. The application deadline is December 31, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded in the area of forestry.
Course Level:
This is a 6 to 12 month fellowship programme to work at the World Forest Institute.
Scholarship Provider: The World Forest Institute, USA
Scholarship can be taken at:
USA

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 four years of natural resources work experience may apply.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Initial research proposal on a topic relevant to forestry or natural resources in the home country. The project should take advantage of being in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Ability to be self-motivated, to work independently towards a clear research goal or output, and to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Both US and foreign nationals may apply to the WFI International Fellowship program.

Scholarship Description: In 1989, the World Forestry Center established a program called the World Forest Institute (WFI), to meet a growing demand for forestry information. As the forestry sector becomes increasingly complex, there is a greater need for international collaboration and exchange of information on forest trade, regulation, management, and forest resources. In response, WFI created the International Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program provides a unique collaboration between the research community, private industry, and the public sector. This WFI program brings young forestry and forest products professionals from around the world to work at the World Forest Institute for 6 to 12 months. Fellows are commonly sponsored by their employer, government institutions, the forest industry, or an NGO, and work on research projects of interest to their sponsors. Over 70 Fellows from 22 countries have participated in the WFI Fellowship Program.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The fellowship is awarded for 12 to 6 months.

What does it cover? Fellows receive a monthly stipend of US $1,000 after tax with holdings. The Fellowship salary is sufficient to cover basic living expenses such as rent and food. Not all expenses are covered, such as air travel, optional car purchase and insurance. Fellows are encouraged to obtain supplementary funding to cover these additional costs. Visa and health insurance fees are extra and currently exceed $1500 (50% is paid by the Harry Merlo Foundation). Fellows receive:

  • An all-zone public transportation permit
  • Work area with computer, private phone line, and high speed internet access
  • Flexible schedule with vacation and sick days
  • Support from two full-time staff, the WFI Director and Fellowship Program Manager
  • Personal orientation to Portland, including assistance with housing arrangements

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Once your application has been reviewed you will receive notice of whether or not you have been selected for an interview. Once the interview is complete, a reference check will be done and you will receive notice of whether or not you have been accepted into the program.

How to Apply: Email your complete application along with your CV or resume to WFI Sr. Please do not send a CV or letter of interest without a completed application form. It is free to apply. If you are accepted, you will begin the process of applying for the J-1 visa if you are a foreign citizen. This application process is lengthy and requires a different application form and additional documentation. There are fees associated with applying for the visa.

Application Form

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 31, 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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