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UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for SIDS 2014


To celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014, the UNFCCC secretariat is offering two five-months fellowships to young professionals from the region who are interested in contributing to the work on climate change adaptation or on gender and youth related dimensions of climate action.

These fellowship awards are made available thanks to the generous financial contribution of the Government of Norway.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a SIDS national;
  • Be employed by a SIDS government or governmental institution/organization;
  • Be between 24 and 35 years of age;
  • Have experience or knowledge in the areas of either climate change adaptation, or gender and/or youth and climate change;
  • Have preferably completed a Master degree, or equivalent;
  • Have good communication skills in English.

While fellowships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must occur within their respective government.

The fellowship programme is not intended for students and does not provide financial support for obtaining an advanced university degree or PhD studies.


  • Fellowships are awarded for a period of five months;
  • The Terms of Reference for the specific position will be forwarded to successful applicants upon confirmation of the fellowship;
  • Fellowships shall normally begin within six months after the award being offered;
  • Fellowship periods will be individually arranged to accommodate, to the extent possible, the particular needs of each fellow;
  • The award is a fixed, non-negotiable sum which is intended to cover living expenses at the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, Germany. In addition, the secretariat covers travel costs by the least costly route;
  • Each fellow must obtain medical clearance and also provide proof of health insurance with full international coverage before traveling to Germany. It is the responsibility of the fellow to arrange for insurance against risks occurring during the fellowship;
  • Fellows are responsible for making their own housing and other arrangements, although assistance in securing accommodation may be provided;
  • Accompanying family members will not be covered and are the sole responsibility of the fellow;
  • Fellows are not eligible to apply for advertised positions within the secretariat within six months following the conclusion of their assignment with the secretariat.


Please carefully review the eligibility criteria and conditions above. The application form is available here.

Only complete applications received at the below address by 15 July 2014 will be considered:

Fellowship Programme
FTC/ Capacity-building and Outreach Unit
UNFCCC secretariat
UN Campus
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at:

Credit: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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