IUFRO is conscious of the importance of connecting the young forest science community to address challenges facing forests and forestry. Broadly, it strives to provide these future leaders with international experience to better equip them to address future global challenges and identify, create and fully utilise emerging opportunities.

In 2022, IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities will offer a limited number of grants of up to EUR 5 000 for Short Scientific Visits specifically for female early career scientists affiliated with IUFRO organisations to visit a forest research organisation overseas.

The desired outcome is to provide both the grantee and her affiliated organisation with the opportunity to build research collaboration and capacity and to provide opportunities extending beyond the initial scientific exchange. The goals for the grantee are broad and could include for example, skills development, establishing productive relationships with scientific peers in the host country, using the visit to benefit their own research and, if possible, publishing of scientific material.

Potential applicants are required to contact the potential host organisation prior to applying for a grant. Together they shall develop and agree on essential elements for the short scientific visit grant application including a project proposal and work plan, timing and duration of the proposed visit, and a mentor in the host country.

Candidates interested in applying for a short scientific visit grant should submit to IUFRO Headquarters (Mr. Daniel Boehnke; boehnke@iufro.org) their complete application via email in one PDF by 31 August 2022.

The applicants will be selected on a competitive basis following the selection criteria provided below. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by September 30th, 2022.

The grant supporting the scientific visits will be a lump sum payment of up to €5,000 that will be paid once the grantee has acknowledged that her application has been successful.

The funding should cover travel and subsistence costs for the period of the grant.

The applicant will be responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution before submitting her application. While the applicant needs to be affiliated with a member organisation of IUFRO, the host institution need not necessarily be a member institution. If you are interested in hosting an SSV, we encourage you to share this application with potential candidates.

Please see the relevant documents and information on the web page https://www.iufro.org/science/special/spdc/sap/ssvgr22/
Should you have any questions regarding the grant application, please contact Mr Daniel Boehnke (boehnke@iufro.org).

*This message is shared by the African Forest Forum (AFF) on behalf of IUFRO