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Become an IPBES Fellow

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites early career individuals to apply to participate in the IPBES nexus and transformative change assessments.

How to apply
1. If interested, please email your CV and a short paragraph (400 words maximum) about your interest in the opportunity and what you hope to contribute to Sarah Weiskopf at by September 10, 2021
2. Fill out the application form and attach your curriculum vitae through the dedicated web portal you need to have a user account on the IPBES website):

Nexus assessment

Transformative change assessment

Application deadline: 20 Sept. 2021
Nomination deadline: 27 Sept. 2021
The complete call for nominations of fellows can be found here : Notification EM/2021/19

What is IPBES

  • The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an independent intergovernmental body, established by Governments in 2012 with currently 137 member States.
  • IPBES does for biodiversity what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does for climate change.
  • IPBES provides policymakers with objective scientific assessments about the state of knowledge regarding:
    • The planet’s biodiversity, ecosystems and their contributions to people
    • Tools & methods to protect and sustainably use these vital natural assets

The IPBES fellowship programme

  • The IPBES fellowship programme provides an opportunity for outstanding early career individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines working on biodiversity and ecosystem services to fully participate in IPBES assessments.

You should be:

  • An early career individual, indicatively not older than 35 years of age and preferably not more than 5-7 years after having completed your academic degree.
  • Have multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary expertise, expertise in one or more disciplines of natural science, social science or the humanities, be an indigenous and local knowledge expert or have expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems. Relevant scientific backgrounds are indicated in the call for nomination of fellows.

Commitments You should ensure that you:

  • Are able to make a commitment of 15 % of your time in the assessment period;
  • Have discussed your application and have it approved by your organization/institution before applying; and
  • Are available to attend the author meetings of the assessment you are applying for.