International Fellow (Forestry Conservation)

Full Time

  World Forestry Center (

  Portland, Oregon, United States

2020 World Forest Institute International Fellowship Program – Application deadline October 15, 2019

The award-winning World Forest Institute (WFI) International Fellowship program brings natural resource professionals from around the world to our World Forestry Center headquarters in Portland, Oregon USA. The WFI International Fellowship is a 6-month professional development program designed to help you take your career to the next level. You will join a global cohort of professionals in weekly study tours around the Pacific Northwest learning how natural resources are managed in this part of the world. You will conduct interviews with experts in your field of study and visit people and places that will advance your knowledge and skills. Fellows return home with new ideas and new motivation to create change in their home countries.

We are looking for motivated mid-career professionals with 3- 5 years of relevant work experience, who want to explore, expand their knowledge and networks, and engage with others in forestry/ natural resource management. Fellowships are open to any country, including U.S. citizens. The Fellowship program offers partial scholarships through the Harry A. Merlo Foundation, but applicants must be able to cover at least 50% of the program fee ($5,000). Over two decades, 148 Fellows from 47 countries have participated to date. The Fellowship term is 6-months with a non-negotiable start date of April 6, 2020. Application deadline is Oct 15, 2019. (Promotional Video)

Scholarships available based on qualifications and need!!

How To Apply

Who Can Apply

Fellowship candidates should meet these minimum qualifications:

  • At least have a Bachelor’s degree in the field of forestry, natural resources, or other related degree (e.g. Architects working with wood products, Arborist & Tree Care, Engineer, Forester, Forestry, Logging & Mill Operations, GIS, Forest Conservation, Silviculture and Reforestation, Urban Forestry) and 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken. Must be able to comprehend, communicate, and present on a professional level in English using natural resources technical vocabulary.
  • At least be 21 years of age.
  • Submit an initial project/research proposal with the following components:
    • A clear research topic (e.g. urban forest inventory, biomass supply-chain, carbon policy, forestry regulation, conservation finance…)
    • Identified essential questions that the project/research will address (e.g. how to collect data in an urban forest, how to quantify biomass production, how to work with key stakeholders, how to map decision-making processes, how to identify successful projects and funding…)
    • Organizations and people proposed to meet and/or collaborate with in the Pacific Northwest to answer the project/research questions
    • A plan to implement lessons learned (e.g. host a seminar, write and/or publish a paper, start a new organization or method…)
    • A statement on how your project findings fill have a positive impact on the sustainability of forestry in your country
  • Ability to be self-motivated, to work independently towards a clear research goal or output, and to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds

How to Apply

  1. Download application or fill out online application form. All sections must be completed, including the financial section. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. If you are unsure whether a project you have in mind would meet our criteria, please email us with a short description of your intended project before submitting an application.
  2. Submit WFI application, CV/resume, and 2 letters of recommendation in English. Email your completed application along with your CV and letters of recommendation to WFI International Fellowship Program Manager, Shadia Duery at Please do not send a CV or letter of interest without a completed application form. It is free to apply.


    • CV/resume guidelines: Please ensure the following information is included in your CV/resume, if applicable:
      Name of post-secondary institutions
      Location of post-secondary institutions (city and country)
      Exact dates attended (month/day/year)
      Are you currently enrolled? Degree and date received, or date degree is expected (month/day/year)
      Work Experience
      Company name and address
      Exact dates worked (month/year of start and end dates)
      Hours per week
      Job title
      Description of the work you did (include your duties and responsibilities)
      Exact dates (month/year of start and end dates) and average hours per week
      Name and location of company
      Description of the work you did
  3. Interview with WFI. Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive notice of whether or not you have been selected for an interview. Interviews are conducted via Skype and last approximately 30-45 minutes. The interview is intended to be a conversation about your goals for the program and for each of us to determine if WFI is the right fit for you.
  4. Confirm acceptance. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an email notifying you of your acceptance. A formal acceptance letter will be attached to that email along with an invoice. You will need to confirm your acceptance by replying to that email.  The WFI Fellowship fee invoice and payment instructions will be sent via email.  Please review the refund policy here.
  5. Submit visa application. Once you have been accepted, you will begin the process of applying for the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, if you are a foreign citizen. This application process is lengthy and requires a different application form and additional documentation. There are fees associated with applying for the J-1 program. Please visit our Costs and Sponsorship page for more information on visa program fees and the visa application process.

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