Applications Are Now Open For The UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme

Applications Are Now Open For The UNFCCC–UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme

DEADLINE: 31 December 2022

The UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme

The UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme offers young people from developing countries a unique opportunity to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to women, amongst whom those from Least Developed Countries will be given the highest priority. Fellowships will last for one year, with the possibility of an extension of one further year subject to satisfactory performance. Fellows will be selected based on their skills and backgrounds vis-à-vis the respective purviews and foci of UNU-EHS/ViE and UNFCCC. Upon completion of the UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme, the Early Career Climate Fellows will be able to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained in Bonn.

Applications for a fellowship placement will be accepted during the following timeframe: 02 December 2022 – 31 December 2022

A maximum of 12 fellowships will be awarded per call/cohort.


Applicants should originate from a developing country and be 32 years or younger at the time of application. In the case of applicants holding dual nationality, in order to be eligible to apply, one nationality must correspond to a least developed country and the candidate must have lived in the least developed country for a minimum of six (6) years. In addition, applicants must be enrolled in their final term, or have graduated from an advanced university degree (master’s, doctorate, or equivalent), with top marks in fields relevant to the work of UNU-EHS/ViE and UNFCCC (please refer to http://ehs.unu.edu/ and https://unfccc.int/ for more information on the fields in which both UNU-EHS/ViE and UNFCCC are actively engaged). Proven engagement in related extracurricular activities is an asset.

No professional experience is required, but candidates with up to, but not exceeding, two years of relevant professional experience can be considered (this includes experience acquired within the framework of, amongst others, internships, student assistant positions, research assistant positions and similar, be it full-time or part-time). All work experience acquired to date will be considered in reviewing a candidate’s eligibility for the programme.

N.B.: Candidates do not require international work experience in order to be eligible to apply. Furthermore, candidates who have graduated from countries in the Global South are actively encouraged to apply: experience of studying/working in the Global North is not a requirement nor an advantage – selection will be based on merit, not on the geographic location of the awarding degree institution/(former) employer.
Applicants should display an interest in the interface between international climate policy and research. Furthermore, applicants should be highly motivated to work and learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment. Strong written and spoken English skills are essential to participate in the programme. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Applicants should demonstrate they also possess relevant key competences required for this fellowship, in line with the UN Values and Behaviours Framework and the respective placements at both organizations, including:

  • Inclusion – Take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity.
  • Integrity – Act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards.
  • Humility – Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others.
  • Humanity – Act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.
  • Behaviours:
    • Connect and Collaborate – Build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN.
    • Analyse and Plan – Seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action.
    • Deliver Results with Positive Impact – Hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves.
    • Learn and Develop – Pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others.

Adapt and Innovate – Demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways.

Click here to start your online application for the UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme

Click here to start your online application for the UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme




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