About FONASO – Københavns Universitet



Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) is a three-year world-class Joint Doctoral Programme (180 ECTS). FONASO is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme initiated by the European Commission to enhance and promote European higher education throughout the world. The language of the programme is English.

Sustainable forest and nature management
The main objective of the FONASO programme is to educate the leaders of the future generation of researchers, teachers and top management staff working with sustainable forest and nature management, in both tropical and temperate regions, to ensure wider societal benefits. Within forest and nature management, the programme is focused on the scientific fields of (i) economics and policy, and (ii) ecology and silviculture. The emphasis is on applied research.

The FONASO Consortium
The FONASO programme is offered by a Consortium that includes globally top ranked universities and leading international research organisations. The programme builds on existing research schools and environments, taking the best from each to build up joint supervision, activities and doctoral candidate courses. The Consortium consists of seven partner institutions and 13 associate institutions:

Partner institutions:

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Bangor University, UK
  • Dresden University, Germany
  • University of Göttingen, Germany
  • AgroParisTech, France
  • University of Padova, Italy

Associate institutions:

  • Cambodia Development Resource Institute, Cambodia
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia and Mexico
  • Dalhoff Larsen & Hornemann, Denmark
  • ForestAction, Nepal
  • James Cook University, Australia
  • Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Universidade Nacional de Asuncion, Paraguay
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of Kordofan, Sudan
  • World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya, Costa Rica and Bangladesh

Every year approximately 8-10 fellowships will be available to academically outstanding applicants. There is one annual call for applications; short-listed applicants are invited to Europe to present and discuss their proposals.