WASHINGTON, DC—The International Programs office invites Forest Service units to apply for the 2019 International Forestry Fellows Program. Through IFFP, units can host international fellows for two to five months starting in summer or fall 2019. The fellows are international undergraduate and graduate students studying forestry and/or natural resource management at IFFP partner universities in Germany, Spain and Sweden. Applications to host fellows are due Oct. 19, 2018.
Initiated in 2016 by the Forest Service’s International Visitor Program as a partnership between International Programs, Forest Service host units and universities abroad, IFFP promotes the exchange of technical expertise, engages future international leaders, and broadens the exposure of participants to different perspectives and practices around the world.
In IFFP’s first three years, 18 national forests and research stations have hosted 32 fellows from Germany, Spain and Sweden. The fellows have contributed to a variety of projects spanning all divisions of the Forest Service. Hosts and fellows are involved in activities ranging from recreation to engineering, silviculture to wildlife, and urban outreach to field research. In 2019, the International Programs office hopes to expand this program to Albania, Georgia, Macedonia, Slovakia and Ukraine.
For a quick introduction to IFFP, watch the six-minute video about fellow Pia Sundvall (below), a Swedish forestry student who spent a summer working alongside Forest Service colleagues on the Superior National Forest, LaCroix Ranger District.
IFFP is designed to be a mutual exchange with mutual benefits. Through the program, Forest Service staff have an opportunity to exchange ideas with someone from another place, enhance leadership and mentoring skills, build lasting friendships and expand professional networks. In exchange, the international students gain valuable skills from their Forest Service counterparts as well as a broader understanding of the United States.
For more information, email the International Visitor Program and download the IFFP Information Sheet and 2019 IFFP Application form.