DEADLINE: October 31, 2022

Submitted on behalf of Jorma Neuvonen, Assistant Dean, Professional Education & International Collaboration

Dear faculty,

University of Eastern Finland has offered a 2-year Erasmus Mundus master program in European Forestry (MSc EF) for the past 15 years jointly with 5 other European universities; http://www.uef.fi/en/web/mdp-europeanforestry. Five of our graduates have done this program with a very lucrative Erasmus Mundus scholarship (around $60,000). Our Faculty is an Associate Partner in this program. Students in this program come from around the world. There are altogether 22 students in the program this year.

Students need to do a minimum of 2 months of an ”Applied Period in Forest Institutions” as part of their studies. Normally June-July, but the period can be extended to August if agreed upon by the supervisor and student. The exact arrival and departure dates can also be agreed upon by the student and supervisor of the host institution. We have employed 11 students here at the UBC Forestry in the summers of 2018-2022. Sarah Gergel’s, Verena Griess’, Cindy Prescott’s and Dominik Roeser’s labs have hosted these students.

If you have a project/study/fieldwork in which you could involve one or more of these European Forestry master students during next summer 2023, please fill out the form below and email it to Dr. Marjoriitta Mottonen (marjoriitta.mottonen@uef.fi, please cc me) who coordinates the program at the University of Eastern Finland by October 31, 2022. The students would then apply to these positions and you could select your preferred candidate. This year we decided to start the application process earlier as visas to Canada have taken a long time to process.

These could be unpaid positions as students have stipends for their studies. If some funding is available towards accommodation etc., this would be appreciated; but not a requirement. They can work at UBC through the UBC Visiting International Research Student program (VIRS). Students will do the VIRS application and acquire a visa on their own.

MSc EF Consortium pays EUR1,000 ($1,300) for each student to the hosting institution which could be used to cover some costs of employing the student. Dean’s office will transfer this money directly to the hosting lab.

Please find below the guidelines and an offer form. If you have any questions about the traineeship, please let me know.