In 2014 AOSIS established the Climate Change Fellowship Program. The program brings earlier career professionals from AOSIS member countries to New York for one year to participate as part of each Fellow’s national delegation to the UNFCCC and UN. During their fellowship, the Fellows receive comprehensive training on climate change issues, and it is expected that, after their fellowship, they will return to their home governments and continue to engage on these issues and in the UNFCCC process.
Each year, candidates are selected to spend a year based in New York following climate change issues, including attending all major UNFCCC meetings. Fellows are expected to spend 80% of their time on AOSIS related matters and 20% on national issues. Fellows participate in a yearlong training program, including on-going negotiation skills training and media training.
To date, 12 Fellows have completed the program. With each class of graduating Fellows we are able to expand the Fellowship alumni network. This network provides mentoring opportunities between former Fellows and current Fellows and allows alumni around the world to share experiences and ideas relevant to their work on climate change.
Applications for the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Program must be submitted by the applicant’s UN Mission in New York City. The deadline for applications for the 2017 class of Fellows is January 17, 2017.
For more information, please contact the Fellowship Program Director, Amelia Linn (Amelia.firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 2017 AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Program is supported by the Government of Italy.