Beijing, 14 December 2016- UNEP-IEMP has been granted five Chinese Academy of Sciences-President’s International Fellowship Initiative (CAS PIFI) fellowships for researchers from developing countries.

UNEP-IEMP went through a stringent international recruitment process to select these 5 researchers. The most meritorious candidates were asked to prepare research proposals with CAS professors to apply for the PIFI application. Recently, CAS PIFI review panel approved these applications based on global competition.

Five research fellows- two from Ethiopia and one each from Kenya, Malaysia and Nepal will be joining UNEP-IEMP team early 2017. They will contribute to the decade-long Flagship Programme on Climate, Ecosystems, and Livelihoods (CEL) and further strengthen Centre’s work on South-South cooperation.

Since its inception, UNEP-IEMP has been granted 7 international fellowships by CAS providing a unique opportunity to share best practices, strengthen knowledge, lend expertise and forge partnerships with each other. The research fellows have actively contributed in shaping the South-South cooperation initiative by working closely with different partners. The Centre is committed to sustain this momentum of engaging international researchers from the developing countries.

ABOUT CAS-PIFI FELLOWSHIPS: CAS offers several international fellowships collectively called the “CAS President’s International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI).” The fellowships support highly qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at CAS affiliated institutions and strengthen their scientific collaboration with CAS researchers. The PIFI program is available under four categories for international researchers and students from across the globe: distinguished scientists, visiting scientists, postdoctoral researchers and international PhD students.

Currently, the application for 2017 doctoral programs for international students are open. For more information, please click: http://english.ucas.ac.cn/index.php/admission/international-students/phd-programs/4538-call-for-2017-doctoral-programs-for-international-students.