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 may last from twelve months to two years, and Fellows will be selected based on their skills and backgrounds vis-à-vis the respective purviews and foci of UNU-EHS 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.
Applicants must be enrolled in their final term or have recently graduated with top marks plus other indicators of academic excellence from an advanced university degree programme (master’s or doctorate) in fields relevant to the work of UNU-EHS and UNFCCC (please refer to https://ehs.unu.edu/ and https://unfccc.int/ for more information on the fields in which both UNU-EHS and UNFCCC are actively engaged).
No professional experience is required, but candidates with up to, but not exceeding, two years of relevant experience maximum can be considered.
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 United Nations Competency Framework and the respective placements at both organizations, including:
Please note: applications will only be accepted during the aforementioned open call. Applications handed in either before, or after, the application phase will not be considered.
A complete application package consists of the following four documents:
Applications must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your files as four PDF documents and name them as follows:
1_Surname_First name_Cover Letter
In addition, applicants should also complete the online application form.
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications, experiences, and future career goals, an up-to-date CV, copies of academic transcripts and certificates, and a completed Personal History Form (P11) via email to email@example.com. Please use only the P11 form from the United Nations University (not P11 forms provided by other United Nations organizations).
Please write “Application for UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme” in the email subject line. Only digital versions sent via email will be accepted. We do not accept applications sent via post.
In addition, applicants should also complete the online application form.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Once the call has closed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
If your background matches the requirements of the programme, you will be shortlisted for a fellowship position. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email notification from UNU-EHS to first participate in a written assessment designed to assess the candidate’s suitability and skills required for the position. Candidates who successfully complete the written assessment will subsequently receive an email notification from UNU-EHS inviting them to interview, which will be conducted via Skype or telephone.
After interviews have been conducted, all those candidates who were interviewed will receive an email notification regarding the outcome of their application. Successful candidates will be offered a fellowship and will be contracted under UNU Personnel Service Agreement (PSA).
This joint UNFCCC – UNU programme offers young people from developing countries a unique possibility to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Fellowships are awarded for an initial duration of one (1) year, with a possibility of extension of one (1) further year. The maximum duration of the fellowship is two (2) years. Selected candidates will work with UNU-EHS and UNFCCC in areas which match their individual interests and background.
Upon completion of the programme, the Early Career Climate Fellows will be better prepared to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained in Bonn. Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are close to completing their advanced university degree (master’s, doctorate, or equivalent) and have no more than two years’ relevant work experience, especially women from least developed countries, are encouraged to apply.
Please note that the fellowship programme is an early career professionals’ programme, not a PhD programme.
The UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme is offered as a collaborative initiative between the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the focus of the political process to address Climate Change. The Convention secretariat supports the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol by a range of activities, including substantive and organizational support to meetings of the Parties. Further information may be found at unfccc.int.
The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations and acts as a global think tank. The mission of the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is to carry out cutting edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change and transformations towards sustainability. The institute’s research promotes policies and programmes to reduce these risks and explore sustainable pathways, while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors. Further information may be found at ehs.unu.edu.
Applicants must be enrolled in their final term or have recently graduated with top marks from an advanced university degree programme (Master’s or doctorate) in a discipline related to climate change, and environmental and human security (e.g. environmental science, adaptation, mitigation, sustainable development, geography, geoinformatics, medicine/public health, environmental engineering, anthropology, sociology, development studies, urban/regional/land use planning, communication studies, international relations, international law, economics, or a related field). Applicants should also display a strong interest in the interface between international climate policy, development, and research. Applicants should be highly motivated to work and learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
No professional experience is required, but candidates with up to two years of relevant professional experience maximum can be considered.
Qualified women candidates and candidates from least developed countries are especially encouraged to apply.
Applicants holding dual nationality, of which one nationality corresponds to a least developed country, may be considered for a fellowship provided that they have lived in the least developed country for a minimum of six (6) years.
Fellows will be selected based on their past academic performance, competencies, and relevance vis-à-vis the needs of UNU and UNFCCC. The exact application process is detailed in the vacancy announcement.
Please note that only candidates who submit complete applications – including all documents specified in the vacancy announcement and an online application form – will be considered further. Should any of the required application documents not be submitted with the application, the candidate will automatically be omitted from further consideration for a fellowship.
As part of the selection process, written assessments and interviews will be conducted during the shortlisting phase. Written materials will be checked for plagiarism and accuracy. Candidates whose application and written materials are found to contain plagiarized or inaccurate information will likewise be omitted from further consideration.
Once the call has closed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further. We regret that we are not able to respond to all inquiries and applicants individually, hence we ask for your understanding in this regard.
The exact start date of the fellowship will be discussed with the candidate once an offer has been made and will also be subject to the availability of the corresponding programme to which the candidate will be assigned.
Fellowships are initially awarded for a duration of one (1) year, with the possibility of an extension of one (1) further year. The maximum total duration of any fellowship will be two (2) years. The duration of each contract will be determined by both the workload that arises within the two organizations, the candidate’s availability, and the candidate’s performance during the course of the fellowship.
The fellowship remuneration is based on UNU’s Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract salary scale and amounts to 2,150 EUR per month.
Selected fellows will work under a Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) for an initial period of one (1) year, with a potential extension of one (1) further year subject to satisfactory performance and institutional needs. The maximum duration of any fellowship is two (2) years. The duty station will be Bonn, Germany. Selected fellows will be employed under a local contract and will not hold international civil servant status nor shall they be a “UN staff member” as defined in the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations.
Please note that during their first year of the fellowship, fellows are not eligible to apply for other positions at UNFCCC: this policy is envisaged in order to ensure that fellows are able to gain a comprehensive insight into, and immerse themselves fully in, the work of UNFCCC, thereby standing them in better stead to seek a position with UNFCCC, or any other international, or UN, organization in the future.
Fellows will be employed on a full time basis (40hrs/week).
Depending on the fellows’ placements, and the sections/programmes to which fellows are assigned, working remits can differ greatly. Fellows may be assigned to specific projects, assist in conducting research or writing academic papers, provide support in regard to event management and annual conferences, liaise with partners, or assist in data analysis and reporting. Each fellowship placement is different, and efforts are taken to tailor the working areas to the fellows’ own academic and professional background.
Yes, if selected as a fellow, UNU will facilitate the process of obtaining a visa and work permit for Germany.
As per the envisaged contract type, group health insurance schemes may be made available to the fellows.
You can bring family members with you to Bonn. The responsibility for arranging necessary paperwork and a visa lies with the fellow: UNU can, however, provide advice on what offices to contact.
The responsibility for securing accommodation lies with the fellows. However, UNU can provide tips and assistance regarding how to find accommodation.
The programme to which you will be assigned will depend on each candidate’s individual profile. We will endeavor to align the chosen candidate(s) and their specific profile(s) with the appropriate programme at UNFCCC and UNU-EHS, subject to availability.
Each candidate will be assigned to an individual supervisor at UNFCCC and UNU-EHS for the duration of their fellowship. Administrative support will also be provided by the Programme Coordinator at UNU.
For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.