UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme 2023

Young people from developing nations have unique opportunities to launch their careers at the intersection of global climate policy development and research through the UNFCCC-UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Program.

Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are in the early stages of their careers are welcome to apply for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the United Nations University (UNFCCC – UNU) Early Career Climate Fellowship. Priority will be given to women, amongst whom those from Least Developed Countries will be given the highest priority. Fellowships will last for one year, with the possibility of an extension of one further year subject to satisfactory performance. Fellows will be selected based on their skills and backgrounds vis-à-vis the respective purviews and foci of UNU-EHS/ViE and UNFCCC. Upon completion of the UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme, the Early Career Climate Fellows will be able to work in their home countries or internationally, deploying the valuable experience and insights they have gained in Bonn.


The UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship remuneration is based on UNU’s Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract salary scale and amounts to 2,329 EUR per month.


  • Applicants should originate from a developing country and be 32 years or younger at the time of application.
  • In the case of applicants holding dual nationality, in order to be eligible to apply, one nationality must correspond to a least developed country and the candidate must have lived in the least developed country for a minimum of six (6) years.
  • In addition, applicants must be enrolled in their final term, or have graduated with an advanced university degree (master’s, doctorate, or equivalent), with top marks in fields relevant to the work of UNU-EHS/ViE and UNFCCC
  • Applicants should display an interest in the interface between international climate policy and research.
  • Furthermore, applicants should be highly motivated to work and learn in a multicultural and interdisciplinary environment.
  • Strong written and spoken English skills are essential to participating in the program.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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Application Process

A complete application package consists of the following four documents:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page) setting out how the qualifications, experience, and future career goals match the requirements of the program
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum 2 pages);
  • A completed and signed Personal History Form (P11); and
  • Copies of all academic transcripts/degree certificates to date.

To apply for UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship, click here.

Deadline: December 31, 2022.

For more information on UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship, visit the official site.