How to Apply for the WFI International Fellowship
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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) 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
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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 International Fellowship Program is the right fit for you.
- 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.
- 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.
2020 Application Timeline and Fellowship Start Dates
The open application period for the 2019 Fellowship Program is July 1 – October 15, 2019.
The 2020 WFI Fellowship Program runs from April 6 – October 6, 2020. The WFI Fellowship is a six-month program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can WFI provide full scholarships or funding for the Fellowship program?
Every year WFI awards scholarships for qualified candidates on financial need bases. The WFI scholarship account for 50% of the program fee ($5,000 USD). Scholarship recipients are responsible for paying for visa fees and traveling costs.
What is expected from me when I apply?
Your project proposal should clearly outline your learning objectives (see above). We understand that in the course of your time here, you may have to adapt your proposal. You will also need to secure at least half of the funding for your Fellowship. Additionally, we recommend securing supplemental funding for items not covered by the program (such as travel). Aside from that, bring an open mind, a positive attitude, initiative, and rain gear!
What type of visa do Fellows come to the US on?
Fellows arrive on a J-1 visa sponsored through the US Department of State’s J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program. The visa program application is handled by a third-party organization, Experience International. The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program is designed to allow participants to come to the United States to gain exposure to US culture and receive training in US business practices in their chosen field. Upon completion of the program, participants are expected to return to their home countries where they will be able to utilize their newly learned skills and knowledge to advance their careers and to share their experience with their peers and others.
Does WFI provide housing for me?
No. Fellows are responsible for finding their own housing accommodations while in Portland. WFI can assist with this. Typically, Fellows rent a room out of someone’s house or are hosted by a family while they are here. Craigslist Portland and HotPads are two useful websites for finding housing.