The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Fellowship 2024 offers a unique chance for young professionals hailing from the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) countries to gain practical training and experience in the areas of law, policy, and science. Its primary goal is to enhance the capacity of AOSIS member governments to actively participate in international processes.
Throughout the year-long program, Fellows will be stationed at their respective UN Permanent Mission in New York. They will undergo comprehensive training on topics such as climate change, oceans, environmental protection, and sustainable development. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to engage in real-life negotiations alongside their national delegations and AOSIS at various UN conferences.
By the end of the program, Fellows will return to their home countries, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to continue their involvement in these crucial issues and contribute to the international process—just as many previous Fellows have done.
Fellows will have the following expectations during their participation in the program:
- They will receive training focused on key areas of law, policy, and science, providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in topics such as climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development, and ocean issues.
- They will undergo media training, equipping them with the skills needed to effectively communicate information to a wider international audience, extending beyond just the realm of policy-making circles.
- Fellows will gain valuable hands-on experience in real-life negotiations at the United Nations, enabling them to bring back practical expertise to their respective governments in their home countries.
- The program also offers opportunities for Fellows to actively participate in significant international conferences, further exposing them to important discussions and decision-making processes in relevant fields.
Fellowship Eligibility And Terms
The candidate must fulfill the following requirements. He or she must:
- Hold nationality in a country within the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
- Be between the ages of 25 and 32 when entering the Fellowship Programme.
- Possess a relevant degree in fields such as international relations, international law, environment, climate change, sustainable development, fisheries, oceans, finance, etc.
- Have accumulated 1 to 3 years (with a maximum of 5) of work experience in a national government, regional organization, or international organization.
- Make a commitment to work within their national government upon completing the Fellowship.
- Demonstrate tact, discretion, and sound judgment when handling politically sensitive matters within a diplomatic environment.
- Exhibit an outstanding academic track record, as well as excellent writing skills.
- Display proficiency in both written and spoken English.
Fellows must agree to:
- Engage in full-time employment within the AOSIS Fellowship Programme, following the guidance of the AOSIS Fellowship Directors and their Mission.
- Follow instructions and complete assigned tasks related to AOSIS priorities as directed by the AOSIS Fellowship Directors.
- Attend all Fellowship meetings and training sessions held in New York.
- Participate actively in international gatherings, including addressing priority areas for AOSIS as designated by the AOSIS Fellowship Directors.
Fellows will be provided with the following:
- An economy class roundtrip airfare ticket to New York City.
- Fixed allowance of $5,000 to assist with settling-in expenses.
- A laptop computer and cell phone to be used throughout their tenure as an AOSIS Fellow.
- Monthly stipend of USD 4,000, with the expectation that housing costs will be covered by this stipend.
- Travel budget to cover expenses incurred while attending major international meetings.
- To commence your application, you need to download the online application form.
- Please make sure to review your application carefully before submitting it.
- Submitting your application late may result in its rejection. So to be on the safer side, ensure you submit before the deadline.
Visit the AOSIS Official website for further information.
December 8, 2023.
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