Visiting Scholar Program 2024-2025 call opens
03 Apr 2024     From:


The Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) initiated the Sino-ASEAN Network of Forestry Research Institutes (SANFRI) in 2018 to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of forestry research in ASEAN economies and China through information exchange, capacity development and collaboration.

The SANFRI Visiting Scholar Program(VSP) aims to support competent young researchers in conducting scientific research and academic exchanges in sustainable forest management and rehabilitation. The Yunnan Academy of Forestry and Grassland (YAFG) of China hosts the Program and offers scholars 3 or 6-month visits to YAFG to join research programs in the fields of silviculture, forest ecology, biological engineering, forest product processing, economic forestry, forest pest and disease management, and desertification control, etc. 

VSP expectations

Upon the completion of the visits, funded scholars are required to submit

-a technical report on research conducted during the visit. 

-a summary of experience, lessons learned, and other reflections from the Program. 

-Scholars sponsored for 6-month visits are expected to publish an academic article under YAFG guidance.

A certificate will be issued upon a technical review and approval. 


1. Tuition fees

2. Accommodation on campus

3. Monthly allowance of CNY 2,300(pre-tax)

4. One round-trip ticket for international travel; and

5. Accident insurance 

Eligibility & Qulification

Basics requirements

1. Citizenship of an ASEAN member economy;

2. Be recommended by a member institute of SANFRI;

3. Under 45 years old; and

4. Holding a doctorate in forestry or a related field (or a master’s degree with 3-year+ work experience in forestry or a bachelor's degree with 5-year+ work experience in forestry).

Desired requirements

•Having a strong background and interest in forestry research and management; and

•Adequate command of spoken and written English or Chinese.


Application deadline: 31 May 2024(Beijing time)

Materials required

1. Completed application form;

2. Applicant’s resume;

3. Applicant’s passport information page;

4. Applicant’s diploma(s) in doctorate and all previous academic degrees or an equivalent degree from an accredited higher education institute in forestry or a related field;

5. Other relevant materials deemed necessary to prove the applicant’s ability, such as certificates in language skills and academic publications.

All the materials should be in PDF format and sent to Ms. Sun Rui and CC. Ms. Wang Jiayi(contacts see below).

Acceptance and Enrollment

Successful applicants will be notified by July 2024. Visits will start after September with specific visit arrangements based on discussions between scholars and the VSP Office.


Ms.SUN Rui YAFG T|+86-0871- 65151775 F|+86-0871-6515 0250 E|

Ms.ZHANG Qun YAFG T|+86-0871- 65211539 F|+86-0871-6515 0250 E|

Ms.WANG Jiayi  APFNet T|+86- 10-  53935603 F|+86- 10- 8421 6958 E|


Visiting Scholar Program Implementation Guide

VSP-Application Form