ITTO offers fellowships through the Freezailah Fellowship Fund to promote human resource development and to strengthen professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry and related disciplines.

The goal is to promote the sustainable management of tropical forests, the efficient use and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information about the international trade in tropical timber.

Worth of Award

  • The programme supports mainly short-term activities, such as participation in international conferences, training courses and study tours.
  • In addition, it also helps people to prepare manuals and monographs and provides small grants for post-graduate study.
  • ITTO Fellowship Programme encourages capacity development of women foresters, and has supported 340 women to undertake fellowship activities, accounting for 28 % of the total number of fellowships.
  • The maximum amount for a fellowship grant is US$10,000.
  • Only nationals of ITTO member countries are eligible to apply, and fellowships are awarded mainly to nationals of developing member countries. Click here for further information including eligibility, appraisal and selection criteria.
    • Applications are appraised by a Fellowship Selection Panel twice a year.  The Panel comprises six individuals, three from producer member countries and three from consumer member countries, and is chaired by the Vice Chairman of the ITTC.
  • Participation in international/regional conferences, short-term training courses, training internships at industries, research and educational institutions, study tours, and lecture/demonstration tours;
  • Technical document preparation, publication and dissemination, such as manuals and monographs;

Program Objective

  • To develop human resources and enhance professional expertise in member countries in tropical forestry, tropical timber industries and related disciplines, with a     view to promoting sustainable management of tropical forests, efficient utilization and processing of tropical timber, and better economic information on the international trade in tropical timber.
  • ITTO gives preference to short-term activities.

Priority Areas

Based on the goals and cross-cutting strategies identified in the ITTO Action Plan 2008-2011, eligible activities will aim at developing human resources and professional expertise in one or more of the following areas (in no priority order):

  • Increasing production and further processing of tropical timber and other forest products from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  • Increasing efficiency in harvesting, processing and utilization of tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  • Improving data and knowledge, projections and competitiveness on trade in timber and timber products in international markets;
  • Increasing supplies of tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested sources;
  • Better securing tropical forest resources;
  • Sustainably managing tropical forest resource;
  • In any of the above areas (a-f), the following are relevant:
    (i) Research and development, and technology transfer;
    (ii) Communication and outreach;
    (iii) Strengthening databases and information system;
    (iv) Capacity building; and
    (v) International cooperation.

General Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully before completing your application.

  • Applications must be received by the Secretariat before the advertised deadline.
  • Applications should be submitted either on-line, by e-mail or by post.
  • Only Applications that are typed or neatly written in block letters (printed) will be considered.
  • Applicants must attach the following documents in PDF file in the order listed below when submitting applications by e-mail.
  • Scanned copies of two letters of recommendation signed by referees
  • Official letter(s) of acceptance from host institutions
    • Other supporting documents:
    • Short-term training courses and training internships: documents showing the course description and the course fees.
    • Conferences: documents showing the conference description and the conference fees, and an abstract of the paper or a full paper if the applicant is delivering a paper
    • Study tours and lecture/demonstration tours: a detailed schedule of visit and pro-forma invoices for major costs
    • Technical document preparation, publication and dissemination: an outline of the technical document or a draft of the document, and pro-forma invoices for printing and other major costs.
    • Post-graduate studies: documents showing the programme description, the tuition fees and other major costs, and a research proposal.
    • Traveling by air: documents showing airfare, such as a pro-forma invoice.
    • For those who are non-native speakers of the language to be used in the fellowship activity: a certificate indicating proficiency in the language.
    • Please send copies of the above supporting documents and not the originals if applications are submittedby post, as the documents submitted by applicants would not be returned.
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications that are received after the deadline will not be forwarded to the next round of FellowshipSelection for consideration. If an applicant is interested in having his/her application considered for a subsequent round(s), a new application should be submitted.
  • Applicants should comply with the Budget Guidelines contained in the Application Form.
  • If a proposed activity requires more than US$10,000, applicants are required to list in the budget section of the application form the other financial sources and the amount secured or to be secured from the sources. Applicants should submit evidence of funding from the other financial sources, and applications without such evidence will not be considered. Applicants who indicate funding from personal or family sources need to provide satisfactory proof. Applicants should be aware that activities requiring more than US$10,000 will receive additional scrutiny from the Fellowship Panel.
  • Only successful fellowship applicants will be notified. A list of successful fellowship applicants will be posted on the ITTO website.

Selection criteria

Fellowship applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria (in no priority order):

  • Consistency of the proposed activity with the Programme’s objective and priority areas;
  • Qualifications of the applicant to undertake the proposed Fellowship activity;
  • The potential of the skills and knowledge acquired or advanced under the Fellowship activity to lead to wider applications and benefits nationally and internationally;
  • Reasonableness of costs in relation to the proposed Fellowship activity.

Additional consideration will be given to:

  • Geographic and gender balance;
  • Balance among the ITTO priority areas;
  • Competency in the language in which the training will be given, where applicable (eg courses, conferences, study tours).


  • Application forms and information notes are available in English, French, and Spanish.  Please download the documents from the ITTO Website: or request them by e-mail at [email protected] or by post.
  • Please submit a completed application attaching all required documents by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to the following address.

For details, contact

  • ITTO Fellowship Programme
    International Tropical Timber Organization
    Pacifico-Yokohama 5F, 1-1-1, Minato-Mirai, Nishi-ku
    Yokohama 220-0012, JAPAN
    Tel: (81-45) 223-1110    Fax: (81-45) 223-1111
    E-mail: [email protected] (for enquiries)
    [email protected] (for submitting applications)

Deadline:  Application closes  August 23, 2013
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