ECMWF and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have developed a scheme under which the Centre regularly hosts forecasters from developing countries for up to one year. The scheme is part of the WMO Fellowship Programme, which was set up after the WMO identified a need for specialised training placements to develop capacity in least developed and developing countries. The aim is to expand the international network of cooperation opportunities between experts in weather forecasting.
As a result of their training, fellowship holders will be able to help build up the capabilities of their respective national meteorological and hydrological services (NMHS) so that those services can make a bigger contribution to the social and economic development of their countries.
The scheme is part of long-standing efforts by the WMO and ECMWF to raise the level of scientific knowledge in weather forecasting across the globe.
ECMWF is currently hosting WMO Fellow Kaah Menang, a meteorologist and researcher from the National Department of Meteorology, Cameroon and who is working on a Climate Data Store (CDS) application for Africa.
Prospective fellowship holders are asked to submit a project idea/s which will form part of the evaluation. Project ideas should aim to make an essential contribution to developing forecasting capabilities in the prospective fellowship's own country and an estimation for how long the project/s will take should be included.
ECMWF usually opens applications for the scheme in springtime each year, and publishes the application form on this page.
Applications are currently open and will close on 31 May 2022.