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UN Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) Fellows Program

2021-08-09 Different Places
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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security. Its founding goes back to October 1945.

The FAO’s headquarters is in Rome, Italy, and maintains regional and field offices around the world, operating in more than 130 countries. So, it helps governments and development agencies coordinate their activities to improve and develop agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and land and water resources. Furthermore, it also conducts research, provides technical assistance to projects, operates educational and training programs, and collects data on agricultural output, production, and development.

Brief Description

Applications for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations fellows program are now open. The Fellows Programme is intended to convene fellows, typically Ph.D. students, academics, and professors with an adequate level of relevant technical expertise and experience in any area of the Organization’s work. Fellows are also those willing to fulfill their specialized learning goals and at the same time, contribute their technical expertise and knowledge through time-bound arrangements with FAO.


Applicants will be evaluated according to these criteria:

Graduate or post-graduate degree (Master’s or Ph.D.) or be studying in a Ph.D. program in a bona fide (i.e. listed in IAU/UNESCO database) university at the time of the application.

Candidates must specialize in a field relating to the mission and work of FAO.

Working knowledge of at least one FAO language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish).

Knowledge of a second FAO language will be considered a plus.

Be nationals of Member Nations.

Related research or working experience in any field of the organization.

Age: there are no age limits.

Applicants should be able to conform to an international multicultural atmosphere and have good communication skills.

Those with family members (defined as brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter) employed by FAO under any type of contractual arrangement do not qualify for the Fellows Programme.

Candidates should have appropriate residence or immigration status in the country of assignment.

Furhter Information:

Qualified female applicants and competent nationals of non- and underrepresented member nations as well as candidates from Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Land-locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are encouraged to apply to this program.

All applications will be assessed and only qualified applicants will be directly contacted for interviews by the hiring office and contacted again, if selected.

FAO does not provide compensation to fellows. Fellows should be fully supported by a dispatching/external entity. The name of the sponsoring institution should be stated in the online application.

How to apply?

To apply, visit the FAO recruitment website below and complete your profile online. Then, upload all the required documents and submit your application once your profile is completed.

Required documents

You need to upload to the online profile:

Research proposal (according to your field)

Evidence of your graduation or enrollment in a reputable institution

Copy of your academic qualifications

Level/Field(s) of Study


Scholarship value/inclusions/duration

The fellow will be allocated to various fields of work according to his/her background and to the needs of the Organization.

The fellow will perform the functions specified in the Terms of Reference (TOR), prepared by the hiring office prior to the beginning of the assignment and agreed by the fellow.

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Scholarship Title

  • Start Date:2021-03-01
  • Location: Different Places
  • End Date: 2021-08-09


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