The PCT Translation Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) organizes a Fellowship Program for assistant terminologists, translators, technical specialists, and translation technologists, with the aim of providing on-the-job experience at an international organization. WIPO is now accepting applications for the 2020 edition of the Program.  

There are four types of Fellowship position:

  • Terminology fellows are trained in the creation of terminology entries for the PCT Termbase and subsequent publication in WIPO Pearl.
  • Translation fellows are trained in the translation of patent abstracts and patent examination documents.
  • Technical specialist fellows have prior experience in industry or as a researcher in a specific technical discipline and share their knowledge with PCT translators.
  • Translation technology fellows are trained in the use and support of translation and terminology management systems and machine translation systems.

Staff of the PCT Translation Division at WIPO provide training and guidance to participants throughout the period of their fellowship in Geneva. Fellowships may vary in length but usually are not shorter than three months. Fellows are given a monthly stipend of 4,000 Swiss francs and are provided with medical cover. Additionally WIPO may consider paying some travel costs in certain circumstances.