By Jessica Webb
Global Forest Watch and the World Resources Institute are pleased to announce the first-ever GFW Tech Fellowship. The Fellowship will scale the impact of GFW (a platform that has reached over one million users from every country in the world) by creating a cadre of changemakers and forest champions working on the frontlines of combatting deforestation. The GFW Tech Fellowship will equip the most innovative and dedicated forest protection advocates around the world with the skills and cutting-edge technologies to help halt deforestation.
Global Forest Watch is seeking tech innovators, journalists, conservationists, campaigners, law enforcement officers, lawyers, scientists, analysts, cartographers and indigenous leaders who are committed to expanding their forest monitoring experience and sharing this knowledge with others in their networks.
The five-month Fellowship will run from July through December 2018. Fellows will participate in regular online meetings and trainings, and will receive tips and techniques to effectively train and share knowledge with others. In September 2018 the cohort will come together in Washington, D.C. for a three-day tech camp to sharpen their skills on using GFW and other open source mapping tools, remote sensing and GIS, data collection and visualization, mobile monitoring technologies, storytelling and media engagement, and digital and personal security. Peer-to-peer learning within the cohort will be a crucial part of the program, so fellows will be encouraged to communicate and share skills and ideas with one another regularly throughout the fellowship and beyond.
The ideal fellow will:
- Offer innovative ideas on strategies to protect forests
- Exhibit passion for solving environmental challenges
- Understand the potential of harnessing technology for social and environmental good
- Maintain networks through which they will share skills and lessons learned
- Represent diverse genders, geographies, sectors and educational backgrounds
- Champion innovative solutions for tackling complex drivers of deforestation
Each fellow will receive:
- Ongoing mentorship and training opportunities with GFW staff and partners
- A stipend of $6,000 USD
- Access to additional funds to support direct costs, such as in-country travel, trainings, equipment or conference fees
- Roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C., visa costs, transportation and accommodations for the three-day tech camp
- Communication coverage in WRI’s newsletters, blogs and social media
|South America||Central Africa||Southeast Asia|
|Colombia||Central African Republic||Malaysia|
|Ecuador||Democratic Republic of the Congo||Papua New Guinea|
|French Guiana||Equatorial Guinea||Timor Leste|
|Peru||Republic of the Congo|
To apply to the 2018 GFW Tech Fellowship, please complete the application and submit it no later than June 15th, 2018. The five fellows selected for this first cohort will be notified of selection by July 1st.
The 2018 GFW Tech Fellowship is a pilot program. Funds permitting, the program will be expanded to include additional fellows in future years and provide ongoing opportunities for alumni engagement. If you are interested in supporting the GFW Tech Fellowship, please contact Jessica Webb.