2020 International Fellowship Program Application

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Thank you for your interest in this program. Please answer all questions  Applications will not be considered until they are complete, ancomplete submissions must be received by the deadline October 15, 2020.
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Qualifications and Requirements

To qualify, applicants must:
• Complete this application form in full. If there are unanswered questions, your application will NOT be considered
• Copies in English of CV/resume and 2 letters of recommendation available for upload.
• Obtain funding for the Fellowship
• Minumum have a Bachelor’s degree in the field of forestry, natural resources, or other related degree (i.e. Architects working with wood products) and 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience.
• Proficiency in English, both written and spoken, able to comprehend, communicate, and present on a professional level in English using natural resources technical vocabulary.
• At least 21 years of age.
• Submit an initial research proposal with the following components:
       • A clear research topic, example: urban forest inventory, biomass supply-chain, carbon policy, forestry regulation, conservation finance…
       • Identified essential questions the project/research will address, example: how to collect data in an urban forest, how to quantity biomass production, how to work with key stay holders, how to map decision making processes, how to identify successful projects and funding…
       • Organizations and people proposed to meet and/or collaborate with in the Pacific Northwest to answer the project/research questions.
       • A plan to implement lessons learned, example: host a seminar, write and/or publish a paper, start a new organization, method…)
• Ability to be self-motivated, to work independently towards a clear research goal or output, and to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
• Complete the interview process

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Please rate your English language skills *

Fellowship Dates

Please check this box to confirm that you agree to the following start and end dates. These dates are fixed. *


Applicants must secure funding for the program before applying. The WFI Fellowship Program Fee is used to pay for Fellows’ salaries, provide work space, and cover program operations. The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Fee is separate from the Fellowship Fee and is paid to a third-party company, Experience International, to secure a J-1 Visa and includes health insurance for the duration of the Fellowship.

Please note that persons holding a green card or US citizenship do not require a visa and are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance. Applicants must also provide their own airfare cost. Due to the high number of requests, WFI cannot help applicants to secure their portion of funding.
WFC 6-month International Fellowship Program Fee is $10,000 USD
• 50% of this cost is paid directly to WFI by the Harry A. Merlo Foundation in the form of a matching grant, $5,000 USD.
• 50% of this cost is paid by sources secured by you, the Fellow, $5,000 USD
(Program Fee and Refund Policy)
Your portion ($5,000 USD) of the Fellowship Fee is: *
Payment of WFI Fellowship Program Fee: Please refer to the International Fellowship Fee Payment and Refund Policy document. Check the box below to confirm that you have read and understood the payment and refund policies. *
J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Fee
Please refer to the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Fees document for a complete list of current fees.
• 50% of this cost is paid by the Harry A. Merlo Foundation in the form of a matching grant
• 50% of this cost is paid by sources secured by you, the Fellow
Your portion of the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program Fee will be:
Thank You for your submission! 
The Selection Committee will review applications in Fall 2020 to accept people into the 2021 program!