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GGGI and Future Earth Australia partner to promote next generation of Australia-Pacific green growth researchers and practitioners

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Future Earth Australia (FEA) have launched a fellowship program to support early career researchers and practitioners from Australia and the Oceania region to gain hands on experience on green growth initiatives in developing countries. Fellowships will advance work on green cities, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and sustainable landscapes, including related to both the enabling environment, the development of bankable projects, and the mobilization of green finance. The fellowship program is part of a memorandum of understanding signed this month between GGGI and FEA.

The fellowship program will support practitioners to complete policy research in one of GGGI’s 26 country offices or its Headquarters in the Republic of Korea for a three- to six-month period. The program targets graduate students and scholars who are in the first seven years of their career after the completion of their highest professional degree and policy researchers who are in the first five years of their career after obtaining their PhD. Preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

“GGGI is pleased to partner with Future Earth Australia, hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, to provide opportunities for up and coming professionals focused on finding long-term solutions that deliver economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive,” noted GGGI’s Director-General, Dr. Frank Rijsberman.

“This agreement represents a great opportunity for young researchers and practitioners to learn and contribute to the growing knowledge on green growth and sustainability” said Dr. Imran Ahmad, Director of FEA.

Up to ten scholars will be selected each year on a rolling basis throughout the year starting in 2018. Fellows will receive partial support for travel and accommodation during their placement.

Applications should plan for a minimum of three months between the submission and the start of the placement. The first cohort will start in 2018. For further details and application, aspiring researchers and practitioners may contact: Engagement Officer FEA at:

The fellowship program is part of GGGI’s thought leadership program intended to promote a more robust, evidence-based understanding of green growth. Other initiatives under this program include GGGI’s support to the Least Developed Countries Universities Consortium on Climate Change (LUCCC), a south-south initiative that aims to build capacity in all 48 LDCs, focusing on knowledge management, knowledge generation, knowledge retention, and capacity building through the university partners.

About the Global Green Growth Institute
Based in Seoul, GGGI is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. GGGIs delivery model combines rigorous technical assistance to governments through embedded country teams, and helps to mobilize finance into climate resilient projects. Working across the thematic priorities of sustainable energy, green cities, sustainable landscapes, and water and sanitation, GGGI aims to deliver impact through six strategic outcomes: GHG emission reduction; Creation of green jobs; Increased access to sustainable services, such as, clean affordable energy, sustainable public transport, improved sanitation, and sustainable waste management; Improved air quality; Adequate supply of ecosystem services; and Enhanced adaptation to climate change. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

About the Australian Academy of Science and Future Earth Australia
The Australian Academy of Science champions, celebrates and supports excellence in Australian science, promotes international scientific engagement, builds public awareness and understanding of science and provides independent, authoritative and influential scientific advice. The Academy is a not-for-profit organization of individuals elected for their outstanding contributions to science and research.

Hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, FEA is a national peak initiative that enables Australian scientists, governments, industry and NGOs to collaborate both with each other and with international networks and programs. FEA provides essential services as an international platform to Australian scientists for deep engagement with leaders in research, policy, business, industry, civil society and community to generate solutions and have an impact. It is part of Future Earth, the largest ever international research and development collaboration focused on long term sustainability solutions for the planet and human societies, supported by a range of leading global institutions. Future Earth is a global research framework that brings the world’s researchers together with leading thinkers in business, public administration, the humanities and social sciences and the community to build the cooperation, trust and tools to create long-term solutions to global challenges in which economic, social and environmental values can coexist and thrive.

For further information
Global Green Growth Institute
Darren Karjama, Head of Communications
+82 70-7117-9966

Future Earth Australia
Dr. Imran Ahmad, Director