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Applications Invited for 2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship Program

Applications Invited for 2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship Program

Organization: Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO)

Apply By: 31 May 2023

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About the Organization

As the world faces compounding challenges of climate change and pandemic risks, the international community continues its collective efforts to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Although Asia is laden with rich forest resources, it remains highly vulnerable to the threats of climate change and forest devastation due to socio-economic growth pressures and natural disasters.

AFoCO is a treaty-based intergovernmental organization that promotes cooperation towards achieving the shared SDGs and regional and global forestry objectives. Through action-oriented practices, AFoCO aims to contribute to the global goals of increasing forest cover and implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.

AFoCO envisions a greener Asia with resilient forests, landscapes and communities through enhanced cooperation in climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable forest management and livelihood improvement programs.

About the Fellowship

AFoCO Landmark Scholarships finance government officials from ASEAN Member states to study for a graduate degree in the field of forestry in the Republic of Korea.

As future leaders in the region with a lasting understanding of pressing forestry-related issues in the region, AFoCO’s Scholars will play an active role in the forestry sector in their home countries and engage in the implementation and setting of related policies. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals who aspire to make a difference by maximizing the forest sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have a clear idea of how a graduate study program in Korea would benefit the forestry sector in their country in a long term perspective.

Every year, AFoCO offers up to 5 full-time scholarships for Masters and Doctoral programs in the Republic of Korea. Our scholars are awarded through a rigorous selection process, in accordance with the aim and purpose of the organization. Both academic merits and career experiences are taken into consideration.

The Landmark Scholarship Program (hereinafter referred to as the Scholarship Program) is designed to provide higher education in the field of forestry in the Republic of Korea (ROK) for ten (10) ASEAN Member Countries participating in the Landmark Scholarship Program: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, with the aim of promoting capacity building in the forestry sector.

The Secretariat will offer the 2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship to four (4) Recipients – one (1) Doctoral degree Recipient (PhD) and three (3) Master’s degree Recipients (MSc). The number of scholarship recipients selected for each degree course may change within the abovementioned total admission quota of the 2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship Program depending on the application status. The Scholarship Recipient for the Ph.D. course will commence their studies in the Fall Semester of 2023 (September 2023), and those for the Master’s course will commence their studies in Spring Semester of 2024 (March 2024).

Eligibility

  • The Landmark Scholarship Program is a nomination-based scholarship, which accepts high-caliber applicants who have been nominated by Focal Officials of participating countries of the Program.
  • Applicants must be citizens of any of the ten (10) ASEAN Member Countries participating in the Landmark Scholarship Program: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
  • Applicants should have an outstanding academic background and relevant work experience.
  • Applicants must possess excellent oral and written skills in English.
  • Master’s degree applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or a degree that is equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Doctoral degree applicants must hold a Master’s degree or a degree that is equivalent to or higher than a Master’s degree.

How to Apply

The Secretariat would like to call for applications for the “2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship Program”.

The Secretariat will select a maximum of four (4) scholarship candidates comprising one (1) candidate for doctoral a degree course and three (3) candidates for a master’s degree course to be selected from among applicants nominated by participating countries of the Program.

Each participating country is kindly requested to nominate one (1) applicant for each doctoral and master’s degree course by sending the Letter of Recommendation (please refer to Annex-2 of the Guidelines for the 2023 Landmark Scholarship Program) with the nomination letter to the Secretariat by email at soozin.ryang@afocosec.org no later than:

  • 15 March 2023 for the nomination of an applicant for a doctoral degree course, and
  • 31 May 2023 for the nomination of an applicant for a master’s degree course.

The nominated applicant should submit the required application documents listed in the Guidelines for the 2023-2024 Landmark Scholarship Program directly to the Secretariat via email (soozin.ryang@afocosec.org) by the above-mentioned nomination deadlines as well.

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