Associate Professional Officers

How to sponsor a Fellow

By joining a strategic partnership with FAO, organizations such as universities, regional entities and para-statal institutions offer their fellows a unique opportunity to gain professional experience in the United Nations environment.  

Seven partners have provided funding for fellowships. These are:  

  • Camera Oficial de Comercio, Industria, Navegación de Murcia
  • Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior (ICEX)
  • La Direction des organisations internationales, Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec
  • Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows (U.S Hunger Fellows)
  • Universidad del País (UPV)/Basque University
  • Xunta de Galicia  

Steps towards establishing a partnership:  

1. FAO and the partner institution agree upon needs, interests and are guided by common values. These are reflected in an agreement.  

2. The field of assignment and the candidates are jointly agreed upon with the partner. While FAO provides students and recent graduates with mentoring and a challenging work environment, the sponsor awards the Sponsored Fellow a monthly allowance, based on its own rates and criteria.  

The amount awarded to the Fellows is set by the sponsor, not by FAO, and the Fellows are paid directly by the sponsor. The period of the assignment ranges between six months and a maximum of two years.  


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