UN Fellowship Programme for Small Island Developing States

Deadline: 15 July 2014
Open to: nationals from Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Fellowship: travel and living costs covered + possibility in housing assistance by the UNFCCC.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Government of Norway are offering two five-month fellowships to young professionals from SIDS member countries who are interested in climate change adaptation or gender and youth impact on climate action.

Currently there are  fifty-one small island developing States and territories  in the list used by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in monitoring the sustainable development of SIDS. These countries are often categorized by their three regions:

The Fellowship programme is part of the contributions for the International Year of Small Island Developing States agenda.


The Fellowship Programme is open to young SIDS nationals (24 – 35 years of age), employed by a SIDS government or governmental institution/organization. Applicants must have experience or knowledge in either climate change adaptation, or gender and/or youth and climate change. Applicants should be Master’s degree holders with good communication skills in English.

The fellowships are awarded to individuals but the need for training must occur in their respective government. Also, Fellowships should not be considered as financial aid for PhD students.


The UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, Germany will cover travel costs and living expenses during the 5-month fellowship period. However, fellows must obtain medical clearance and health insurance proof on their own costs and before travelling to Germany. UNFCCC can also assist fellows in securing accommodation.


To download the full application form, please go to the Application section in the Official Fellowship Programme Call.

Interested candidates should send the complete application form to:

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

Only complete applications received by 15 July 2014 will be considered.

For further information about the Fellowship Programme, please visit the official Call.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to write to: capacity-building@unfccc.int. 

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