UNFCCC/UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme 2023

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UNFCCC/UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship

The UNFCCC – UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Programme offers young people from developing countries a unique opportunity to start their career at the interface between international climate policy development and research. Academically outstanding young graduates from developing countries who are in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply. 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.

Aim and Benefits of UNFCCC/UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Program


  • Inclusion – Take action to create an environment of dignity and respect for all, regardless of age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, geography, grade, language, nationality, racial identity, religion, sex, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, social origin or any other aspect of identity.
  • Integrity – Act ethically, demonstrating the standards of conduct of the United Nations and taking prompt action in case of witnessing unprofessional or unethical behaviour, or any other breach of UN standards.
  • Humility – Demonstrate self-awareness and willingness to learn from others.
  • Humanity – Act according to the purposes of the United Nations: peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.


  • Connect and Collaborate – Build positive relationships with others to advance the work of the United Nations and work coherently as One UN.
  • Analyse and Plan – Seek out and use data from a wide range of sources to understand problems, inform decision-making, propose evidence-based solutions and plan action.
  • Deliver Results with Positive Impact – Hold oneself and others accountable for delivering results and making a positive difference to the people and causes that the United Nations serves.
  • Learn and Develop – Pursue own learning and development and contribute to the learning and development of others.
  • Adapt and Innovate – Demonstrate flexibility, agility and the ability to think and act in novel ways.

Requirements for UNFCCC/UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Program Qualification

  • 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.
  • 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 participate in the programme. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
  • Applicants should demonstrate they also possess relevant key competences required for this fellowship, in line with the UN Values and Behaviours Framework and the respective placements at both organizations.

Interview date, Process and Venue for UNFCCC/UNU Early Career Climate Fellowship Program

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a written assessment designed to verify the candidate’s suitability and skills required for the position. Candidates who successfully complete the written assessment will subsequently be invited to interview, which will be conducted via Zoom or telephone.
  • All candidates invited to interview will be informed of the outcome of their application. Successful candidates will be offered a fellowship and will be contracted under a UNU Personnel Service Agreement (PSA).

Documents Required for Application

A complete application package consists of the following four documents:

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

Application Deadline: December 31, 2022

How to Apply

To apply, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

  • Complete a UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);
  • Write a 1-page cover letter setting out how your qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position;
  • Compile an up-to-date CV (max. 2 pages);
  • Gather copies of your academic transcripts and degree certificates in one pdf file;
  • Apply via the apply link, respond to the mandatory questions tailored to the position, and upload copies of the aforementioned documents.
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Once the call has closed, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more details, visit UNU website.

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