International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Programme 2022 (Freezailah Fellowship Fund)

Fellowships International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Programme 2022 (Freezailah Fellowship Fund)

Deadline: 1 September 2022

The International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Programme 2022 is now open for applications! ITTO offers fellowships through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines. The fellowship aims to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber.

I. Eligible Activities

  • Participation in international/regional conferences, short term training courses, training internships at industries, research and educational institutions, study tours, and lecture/demonstration tours;
  • Technical document preparation, publication and dissemination, such as manuals and monographs;
  • Small grants for post graduate studies.

ITTO gives preference to short-term activities.

II. Award

  • The maximum amount for a fellowship award is US$10,000.
  •  ITTO Fellowship Award provides tuition/training/conference fees, transportation fees, daily subsistence allowance, book allowance and other allowances.
  •  For post-graduate studies, only a partial tuition fee or a small research grant can be provided.
  •  Approved Fellowship Awards are non-transferable to other programmes or institutions

III. Eligibility

  • Only nationals of ITTO Member countries are eligible to apply.
  • Awards are to be made to individuals not to institutions.
  • Previous ITTO Fellowship awardees are not eligible to apply for an ITTO Fellowship, within two years of receiving an award and submitting to the Secretariat a final report on the activity for which the award was made.

IV. Priority areas

Based on the expected outcomes and cross-cutting actions identified in the ITTO Strategic Action Plan 2013 -2018 eligible activities will aim at developing human resources and professional expertise in one or more of the following areas (in no priority order):

  • Promote good governance and enabling policy frameworks for strengthening SFM and related trade, and enhancing SFM financing and investment;
  • Increase the contribution of tropical forests to national and local economies, including through international trade;
  • Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in tropical timber producing forests;
  • Reduce tropical deforestation and forest degradation and enhance the provision of environmental services;
  • Improve the quality and availability of information on tropical forests, forest product markets and trade; and
  • Build and develop human resource capacity to implement SFM and increase trade in forest goods and services from sustainably managed forests.

V. Selection criteria

Fellowship applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria (in no priority order):

  • Consistency of the proposed activity with the Programme's objective and priority areas;
  • Qualifications of the applicant to undertake the proposed Fellowship activity;
  • The potential of the skills and knowledge acquired or advanced under the Fellowship activity to lead to wider applications and benefits nationally and internationally;
  • Reasonableness of costs in relation to the proposed Fellowship activity.

Additional consideration will be given to:

  • Geographic and gender balance;
  • Balance among the ITTO priority areas;
  • Competency in the language in which the training will be given, where applicable (eg courses, conferences, study tours).

The ITTO Fellowships are awarded mainly to nationals of developing countries. However, ITTO may award Fellowships to nationals of consumer developed countries when: (a) the activities for which the awards are made are carried out in Producer Member countries and the activities tend to benefit Producer Member countries; and/or (b) there is evidence of technology transfer for activities to be carried out in developed countries.

Application and submission

On-line Application is available in English, French, and Spanish (the official languages of ITTO) HERE

Should you have a problem in accessing the application form on-line, please contact the Fellowship Program at: fellow-a [email protected]


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