The International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 5 March 2013
Open to: Nationals of ITTO Member countries
Fellowship: Up to US$10,000


The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is offering the ITTO Fellowship Programme through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund to develop human resources and enhance professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry, tropical timber industries and related disciplines, with a view to promoting sustainable management of tropical forests, efficient utilization and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information on the international trade in tropical timber.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

Priority areas

Based on the goals and cross-cutting strategies identified in the ITTO Action Plan 2008-2011, eligible activities will aim at developing human resources and professional expertise in one or more of the following areas (in no priority order):

  1. Increasing production and further processing of tropical timber and other forest products from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  2. Increasing efficiency in harvesting, processing and utilization of tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  3. Improving data and knowledge, projections and competitiveness on trade in timber and timber products in international markets;
  4. Increasing supplies of tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  5. Better securing tropical forest resources;
  6. Sustainably managing tropical forest resource;
  7. In any of the above areas (a-f), the following are relevant:
    (i) Research and development, and technology transfer;
    (ii) Communication and outreach;
    (iii) Strengthening databases and information system;
    (iv) Capacity building; and
    (v) International cooperation.

Selection criteria

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

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

Additional consideration will be given to:

  1. Geographic and gender balance;
  2. Balance among the ITTO priority areas;
  3. 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.

How to apply

You can apply for an ITTO Fellowship online here. The deadline for applications is 5 March 2013. General instructions for the application can be found here.


ITTO Fellowship Programme
International Tropical Timber Organization
Pacifico-Yokohama 5F, 1-1-1, Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220-0012, JAPAN
Tel: (81-45) 223-1110    Fax: (81-45) 223-1111
E-mail: [email protected] (for enquiries)
[email protected] (for submitting applications)

More information can be obtained from the official website.

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