UNITAR Programme at the Yale School Forestry & Environmental Studies for diplomats accredited to the United Nations



About the programme

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to invite delegates to the UNITAR Programme at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies for diplomats accredited to the United Nations.
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies seeks to elevate public discourse and encourage public engagement with climate change solutions. The mission of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is to prepare new leadership and create new knowledge to sustain and restore the long-term health of the biosphere and the well-being of its people.

The Fellowship Programme offers diplomats an opportunity to undertake studies at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in order to deepen and refresh their knowledge in the field of international environmental studies. The School's inter-disciplinary orientation and its vast number of experts on almost all environment-related subjects make it the ideal choice for delegates who seek to gain in-depth knowledge on specific environmental issues. In addition, participants in the Programme will benefit from the interaction with the faculty and student communities at Yale.

The long-term objective of the Programme is to contribute to a better functioning of the United Nations by exposing selected delegates to a programme of academic excellence. It is expected that such exposure will enable countries to participate more efficiently in international environmental affairs and assist their domestic efforts for sustainable development.

How does the programme work?  

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will offer six positions during the academic Spring term of 2012 (January – April 2012) to diplomats accredited to the United Nations in New York.
Applicants are requested to specify their choice of up to two academic courses they wish to take. Though applicants’ preferences will be considered, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will make a final selection regarding which courses applicants are able to take.
Selected candidates will be able to participate in academic courses at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Together with the full-time students, they will attend classes, carry out class readings and contribute to class discussion as appropriate and within the parameters established by the particular instructor, but they will not take any exams. They will also be welcome to attend any public lectures that are not part of a regularly conducted class that occur at the School during the Spring semester and that would be open to members of the University.
Those selected into the UNITAR/YALE Programme will participate for the Spring Semester free of charge.

Duration of the programme

The Programmes run parallel to the academic Spring term of 2012 at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, which starts in January and ends in April 2012. Candidates should be able to commit themselves to the full term for their chosen courses and be able to commute.

Application and selection

Interested candidates will have to fill in and return to the UNITAR New York Office: (1) the attached application form; (2) the letter of consent from the head of their Mission; (3) a letter stating the reasons for the application and a choice of course; and (4) curriculum vitae no later than Friday, 30 December 2011.
A joint UNITAR/YALE committee will select participants to the Fellowship Programme at the end of December 2011. UNITAR’s New York Office will notify selected participants immediately after the selection has taken place.  

Application Deadline

The COMPLETE application has to be submitted by e-mail or fax to UNITAR no later than Friday, 30 December 2011. (Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.)

Contact us for more information. (contact: Ms. Soukeyna Fall)