Sponsored Fellows are recent graduates and young academics who contribute to the achievement of FAO’s mandate by working on programmes either at headquarters in Rome or in one of its hundred decentralized offices around the world.
These fellowships are externally funded by a variety of institutions and para-statal organizations. Fifteen Sponsored Fellows currently work at FAO and seven partners have provided funding for fellowships since 2005. 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 Vasco (UPV)/Basque University
- Xunta de Galicia
Sponsored Fellows spend six months to two years at FAO as part of an academic curriculum or an established training programme focussing on a specific area of agricultural development.
They can work in areas as diverse as animal health, forestry, human resources or legal advice and are given opportunity to develop technical skills in their area of expertise as well as expand their interpersonal skills such as cross cultural management, negotiation and consensus building.
How to apply
A framework agreement is signed between FAO and the sponsoring institution. The partner institution first screens candidates according to mutually agreed criteria. There is a joint matching process between FAO and the sponsor, pairing candidates with post descriptions.
Most Sponsored Fellows have a university degree at the M.Sc/MA level. Candidates should be fluent in one of the FAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) depending on their assignment. Assignments can relate to any aspect of FAO’s mandate. Once selected, a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) contract is signed between FAO and the Sponsored Fellow.