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Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

Does FAO publish any vacancy announcements for fellows?

Does FAO publish any vacancy announcements for fellows?

FAO advertises an open “Call for Expression of Interest”, which is published on its career portal.

I have problems in completing my on-line application form and I don’t know how to attach my research proposal. Who should I contact?

I have problems in completing my on-line application form and I don’t know how to attach my research proposal. Who should I contact?

If you are experiencing problems in registering or logging into your account, please contact our Help Desk at: Careers@fao.org. NOTE: This e-mail address does not accept applications.

When and how will I be informed about the outcome of my application?

When and how will I be informed about the outcome of my application?

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the responsible hiring office.

If I am not selected for an interview this year, can I be considered for the next call?

If I am not selected for an interview this year, can I be considered for the next call?

FAO does not keep a roster of applicants. If interested, you will have to reapply when the next Call for Expression of Interest is published.

Eligibility Criteria

I am attending a Master’s degree programme. Can I be considered for a fellows assignment?

I am attending a Master’s degree programme. Can I be considered for a fellows assignment?

No, candidates must have completed a Master’s degree or be enrolled in a PhD programme.

I have a family member working as a consultant in FAO. Am I eligible for a fellows assignment?

I have a family member working as a consultant in FAO. Am I eligible for a fellows assignment?

No. Individuals with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, father) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement, are not eligible for the Fellows Programme.

Conditions of Service

If selected, where will my assignment be?

If selected, where will my assignment be?

Fellows can be assigned in any FAO offices in agreement with the hosting office.

Living in the Duty Station

Once selected as a fellow, will I receive any financial support from FAO?

Once selected as a fellow, will I receive any financial support from FAO?

FAO does not pay any remuneration to fellows. However, medical coverage related to service-incurred is provided, with FAO paying the full premium. Fellows will be responsible for arranging, at their own expense, medical insurance covering non-service incurred during the duration of the assignment. 

Is there any financial or organizational support for accommodation?

Is there any financial or organizational support for accommodation?

No. Fellows (or their sponsoring associations as case may be) are responsible for their own accommodation at the duty station. 

If I have more questions to ask, to whom should I address them?

If I have more questions to ask, to whom should I address them?

You can contact the Fellowsp Team at Fellows-Programme@fao.org. Please note that this e-mail does not accept applications.