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The IPBES Fellowship Programme

Become an IPBES fellow! 

There are no open calls for becoming an IPBES fellow now. For those who have applied to become a fellow in the methodological assessment on monitoring biodiversity and nature's contributions to people ("monitoring assessment"), you may expect to hear back on the results of the selection process in late June 2024.

The IPBES Fellowship Programme

The IPBES fellowship programme provides an opportunity for outstanding early-career individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines working on biodiversity and ecosystem services to participate in IPBES assessments. The fellows gain first-hand experience in participating in major multidisciplinary scientific assessments while working with, and being mentored by, leading experts. The programme is an integral part of IPBES work on capacity-building, and aims at developing the capacities of fellows in undertaking assessments, thus creating a pool of experts suited for contributing to future assessments and promoting the work of IPBES in their home countries and institutions.

Benefits of being an IPBES fellow

Fellows selected to take part in the programme will participate in the production of one of the chapters of their assessment, taking part in author and chapter meetings together with the rest of the experts undertaking the assessment. Fellows will also be invited to participate in capacity-building workshops bringing together fellows across all ongoing assessments to share experiences and learn about key cross-cutting and assessment specific topics.

Being an IPBES fellow means being part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural group of outstanding early-career individuals sharing an ambition to contribute to improving the science-policy interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Throught the programme, fellows:

  • Get hands-on experience in working in multidisciplinary teams to produce major scientific assessments
  • Work with, learn from and get to know internationally leading experts from all over the world
  • Learn about the interface between science and policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Receive training and mentoring
  • Connect with other outstanding early-career experts  
  • Expanded their social and professional network
  • Get the opportunity to participate in joint projects and publications

What is the role and responsibility of fellows within an assessment?

  • Fellows are an integral part of the IPBES assessment chapters and they collaborate with the coordinating lead authors (CLAs) and lead authors (LAs) in developing sections or parts of the chapters
  • Fellows receive training to gain in-depth understanding of the IPBES assessment process
  • Fellows will be paired up with a mentor for the assessment period
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the author meetings and training workshops


As part of the programme, fellows are paired up with a senior expert in their assessment that will act as a mentor for the fellow for the duration of their fellowship. There are no limits on the content of the collaboration between mentors and fellows and there are a number of examples of fellows and mentors working together on joint projects, publications and funding applications beyond the scope of their collaboration under the IPBES assessment.

Being a mentor is an excellent opportunity for IPBES experts to get to know, work with and learn from a group of bright early-career scholars from all over the world.  In the words of Eduardo Brondizio, mentor and co-chair of IPBES global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services, on being a mentor: "You end up learning far more than you end up contributing, to be honest."

Benefits of hosting an IPBES fellow

The fellowship programme is a great opportunity for organisations to contribute to the work of IPBES. Institutions hosting IPBES fellows directly support the implementation of the IPBES work programme by allowing the fellows to spend up to 15 % of their working time on IPBES. The programme also offers an excellent opportunity for organisations seeking to strengthen the capacities of their early-career experts/researchers on working on international biodiversity assessments and contributing to intergovernmental policy processes.

Institutions and organisations that are interested in supporting the fellowship programme can do so by:  

  • Nominating their outstanding early-career experts/researchers to participate in IPBES as fellows in response to calls made by the secretariat
  • Supporting fellows' participation to meetings and workshops; and
  • Arranging or supporting activities, in collaboration or dialogue with the capacity-building task force, for fellows or alumni

IPBES Fellowship Alumni Network

The first cohort of fellows graduated from the fellowship programme with the approval of the summaries for policy makers of the assessment on land-degradation and restoration and the regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services of Africa, the Americas, The Asia Pacific and Europe and Central Asia in March 2018.

The IPBES Fellowship Alumni are an important resource for IPBES, both as a pool of experts for upcoming assessments, mentors and resource persons for new cohorts of fellows, and as ambassadors for IPBES in their local institutions and countries.

Represented in all UN regions, the IPBES Fellowship Alumni represent a "community of practice" working together to mobilize resources and expertise to develop cross-cultural collaborations and support IPBES's mission, to strengthen knowledge foundations for better policy through science, for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.


The fellowship programme is an unpaid scheme in which selected fellows are expected to work pro bono, as all other IPBES experts. Expenses for attending selected meetings will be covered for fellows from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in accordance with UN rules. Fellows from developed countries are expected to cover their own expenses and are encouraged to seek support from their home institutions.

Nomination and selection process

You can read about the process for nomination and selection of IPBES fellows in this document.


List of fellows and alumni

The below table contains the experts information .

Name Role Nominating government/organisation Gender Nationality(ies)
Mr. Gregory Mero Dowo Fellow Tropical Resource Ecology Programme, University of Zimbabwe Male 津巴布韦
Dr. Houda Ghazi Fellow Female 摩洛哥
Ms. Martha Kalemba Fellow Environmental Affairs Department Female 马拉维
Mr. Cosmas Dayak Kombat Lambini Fellow Leibniz University of Hannover Male 加纳
Ms. Dimpho Matlhola Fellow Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana Female 博茨瓦纳
Ms. Joyce Ojino Fellow International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics(IIIEE) Female 肯尼亚
Dr. Nadia Sitas Fellow Female 南非
María Paula Barral Fellow Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) Female 阿根廷
Dr. Rodolfo Jaffe Ribbi Fellow University of São Paulo Male 委内瑞拉玻利瓦尔共和国
Ms. Juliana Sampaio Farinaci Fellow Earth System Science Center/ Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (CST/INPE) Female 巴西
Ms. Laura Thompson Fellow U.S. Geological Survey, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Female 美利坚合众国
Dr. Mireia Valle Fellow Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí Female 西班牙
Dr. Amani Al Assaf Fellow University of Jordan Female 约旦
Dr. Catherine Febria Fellow University of Canterbury Female 加拿大
Dr. Sonali Ghosh Fellow Wildlife Institute of India Female 印度
Ms. Felicia Lasmana Fellow Daemeter Consulting Female 印度尼西亚
Dr. Aidin Niamir Fellow Male 伊朗伊斯兰共和国
Mr. Yasuo Takahashi Fellow Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Male 日本
Ms. Yuanyuan Zhang Fellow 中国 Female 中国
Mr. Daniel Itzamna Avila Ortega Fellow Mexico Male 墨西哥
Dr. Raphael Ayambire Fellow Canada Male 加纳
Dr. Jacob Bedford Fellow UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) Male 大不列颠及北爱尔兰联合王国
Ms. SHARON CHELANGAT Fellow Kenya Female 肯尼亚
Mr. Adrien Firmenich Fellow Quantifying Nature Male 瑞士
Dr. Niak Sian Koh Fellow Malaysia 马来西亚
Dr. Tuija Lankia Fellow Finland Female 芬兰
David Nemecek Fellow Third Generation Environmentalism 捷克
Mr. Tuan Nguyen Fellow Belgium Male 越南
PRIYA PRIYADARSHINI Fellow Agroecosystem Specialist Group Female 印度
Ms. Klaudia Prodani Fellow University of Twente, The Netherlands Female 阿尔巴尼亚
Gabriela Rabeschini Fellow Brazil 巴西
Dr. Fanny Boeraeve Fellow University of Liege Female 比利时
Dr. Luca Coscieme Fellow Trinity College Dublin Male 意大利
Dr. Carlos Guerra Fellow Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Ambientais Mediterrânicas Male 葡萄牙
Ms. Zuzana Harmackova Fellow Female 捷克
Ms. Elena Osipova Fellow International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Female 俄罗斯联邦
Dr. Rahat Sabyrbekov Fellow American University of Central Asia Male 吉尔吉斯斯坦
Csaba Földesi Fellow Hungary 匈牙利
Sakshi Rana Fellow Wildlife Institute of India 印度
Dr. Paz Durán Fellow 智利 Female 智利
Dr. Ghassen Halouani Fellow 突尼斯 Male 突尼斯
Dr. HyeJin Kim Fellow Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network – GEO BON Female 大韩民国
Dr. Jan Kuiper Fellow Stockholm University Male 荷兰
Dr. Brian Miller Fellow 美利坚合众国 Male 美利坚合众国
Ms. Lenke Balint Fellow Birdlife International Female 罗马尼亚
Dr. Md Zeenatul Basher Fellow Michigan State University Male 孟加拉国
Ms. Ivis Julieta Chan Fellow Female 伯利兹
Dr. Álvaro Fernández Llamazares Fellow University of Helsinki Male 西班牙
Mr. Pedro Jaureguiberry Fellow Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) Male 阿根廷
Dr. Michelle Lim Fellow International Social Science Council (ISSC) Female 澳大利亚
Dr. Abigail Lynch Fellow 美利坚合众国 Female 美利坚合众国
Dr. Assem Abdelmonem Ahmed Mohamed Fellow Male 埃及
Dr. Tuyeni Mwampamba Fellow 坦桑尼亚联合共和国 Female 坦桑尼亚联合共和国
Mr. Ignacio Palomo Fellow Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) Male 西班牙
Mr. Patricio Pliscoff Fellow 智利 Male 智利
Dr. Rashad Salimov Fellow Male 阿塞拜疆
Aibek Samakov Fellow Male 吉尔吉斯斯坦
Dr. Odirilwe Selomane Fellow Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa Male 南非
Dr. Uttam Babu Shrestha Fellow Global Young Academy Male 尼泊尔
Ms. Anna Sidorovich Fellow The Scientific and Practical Centre for Bioresources of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Female 白俄罗斯
Dr. Maria Loreto Castillo Fellow Centre for Invasion Biology-Stellenbosch University Female 智利
Dr. Romina Fernandez Fellow Instituto de Ecología Regional, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán Female 阿根廷
Dr. Bernd Lenzner Fellow University of Vienna Male 德国
Dr. Tatsiana Lipinskaya Fellow Scientific and Practical Center for Bioresources of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Female 白俄罗斯
Ms. Dongang Mangwa Fellow 喀麦隆 Female 喀麦隆
Dr. Ninad Mungi Fellow 印度 Male 印度
Dr. Esra Per Fellow 土耳其 Female 土耳其
Ms. Betty Rono Fellow German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig Female 肯尼亚
Ms. Ellen Ryan-Colton Fellow 澳大利亚 Female 澳大利亚
Dr. Hanieh Saeedi Fellow Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center Female 伊朗伊斯兰共和国
Dr. Joana Vicente Fellow 葡萄牙 Female 葡萄牙
Dr. Rafael Xavier Fellow 巴西 Male 巴西
Ms. Vanessa Marie Adams Fellow University of Queensland Female 美利坚合众国
Dr. Sugeng Budiharta Fellow Indonesian Institute Of Sciences Male 印度尼西亚
Mr. Ruishan Chen Fellow Hohai University Male 中国
Ms. Maylis Desrousseaux Fellow Environmental law institute - Lyon 3 University Female 法国
Ms. Marina Monteiro Fellow Universidade Federal de Goiás Female 巴西
Mr. Bernard Nuoleyeng Baatuuwie Fellow University for Development Studies, Ghana Male 加纳
Mr. Matthew Ross Fellow Duke University Male 美利坚合众国
Ms. Ana Carolina Dias Fellow V2V Global Partnership, University of Waterloo Female 巴西
Mr. Pradeep Dubey Fellow IUCN CEM Agroecosystem Specilaist Group Male 印度
Helena Duchková Fellow Czechia 捷克
Dr. Sebastian Dunnett Fellow British Ecological Society Male 大不列颠及北爱尔兰联合王国
Dr. Martin Jung Fellow International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Male 德国
Dr. Paulina Karim Fellow National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan Female 俄罗斯联邦
Dr. Roxanne Suzette Lorilla Fellow National Observatory of Athens Female 希腊
Dr. Mario Machado Fellow Clark University Male 美利坚合众国
Dr. Maysoun Mustafa Fellow Sudan Female 苏丹
Dr. Charity Nyelele Fellow Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Female 津巴布韦
Dr. Andrea Pacheco Fellow German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig Female 洪都拉斯
Ms. Nazifa Rafa Fellow Bangladesh Female 孟加拉国
Dr. Rine Reuben Fellow German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig Male 尼日利亚
Dr. Israel Borokini Fellow 尼日利亚 Male 尼日利亚
Dr. Murali Chatakonda Fellow 印度 Male 印度
Dr. Shiva DEVKOTA Fellow 尼泊尔 Male 尼泊尔
Dr. Camila Islas Fellow 巴西 Female 巴西
Dr. Vukan Lavadinović Fellow 塞尔维亚 Male 塞尔维亚
Prof. Denise Margaret Matias Fellow 菲律宾 Female 菲律宾
Dr. Monicah Mbiba Fellow Nelson Mandela University Female 津巴布韦
Prof. Laura Mesa Fellow 哥伦比亚 Female 哥伦比亚
Dr. Penelope Mograbi Fellow 南非 Female 南非
Dr. Zina Skandrani Fellow 法国 Female 突尼斯
Håkon B. Stokland Fellow 挪威 Male 挪威
Dr. Timothée Fouqueray Fellow France Male 法国
Dr. Rachel Golden Kroner Fellow United States of America Female 美利坚合众国
Xiaona Guo Fellow China 中国
Adla Kahrić Fellow Bosnia and Herzegovina 波斯尼亚和黑塞哥维那
Dr. Oleksandr Karasov Fellow Estonia Male 乌克兰
Mr. Koji Miwa Fellow Japan Male 日本
Dr. Josheena Naggea Fellow Stanford University Female 毛里求斯
Dr. Fernanda Rojas-Marchini Fellow Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Female 智利
Dr. Asmita Sengupta Fellow Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) Female 印度
Dr. Geraud Canis Tasse Taboue Fellow Laboratory for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology University of Buea Male 喀麦隆
Dr. Andressa V. Mansur Fellow Center for the Analysis of Social Ecological Landscapes-Indiana University Bloomington Female 巴西
Stephen Woroniecki Fellow Sweden 瑞典
Mr. Sacha Amaruzaman Fellow 印度尼西亚 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Male 印度尼西亚
Dr. Ariane Amin Fellow 科特迪瓦 Female 科特迪瓦
Dr. Cem İskender AYDIN Fellow 土耳其 Male 土耳其
Dr. Anna Filyushkina Fellow Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Female 俄罗斯联邦
Dr. Marcello Hernández-Blanco Fellow 哥斯达黎加 Male 哥斯达黎加
Mrs. Natalia Hummel Fellow 巴西 Female 巴西
Dr. Pricila Iranah Fellow 毛里求斯 Female 毛里求斯
Prof. Ann-Kathrin Koessler Fellow Institute for Environmental Systems Science University Osnabrück Female 德国
Dr. Dominic Lenzi Fellow 澳大利亚 Male 澳大利亚
Bosco Lliso Fellow 西班牙 Male 西班牙
Dr. Lelani Mannetti Fellow Urban Studies Institute Georgia State University Female 纳米比亚
Ms. Ana Monroy Fellow 墨西哥 Female 墨西哥
Dr. Ranjini Murali Fellow The Snow Leopard Trust Female 印度
Dr. Sara Nelson Fellow 加拿大 Female 美利坚合众国
Dr. Evonne Yiu Fellow United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) Female 新加坡