Training and fellowship schemes constitute for UNESCO a strategic means for attaining sustainable human development and for fostering of international understanding and a culture of peace. UNESCO fellowships contribute towards the genuine sharing of knowledge and expertise in which each party, whether teacher or student, gives and learns.
The UNESCO Fellowships Programme, through the award and administration of fellowships, study and travel grants, aims to:
• Contribute to the enhancement of human resources and national capacity-building in areas that are closely aligned to UNESCO's expected strategic objectives and programme priorities; and,
• Increase fellowships co-sponsorship arrangements with interested donors and extrabudgetary funding sources through the Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme
In compliance with Resolution 13.6 adopted by the General Conference at its 28th session requesting UNESCO "... to regard the National Commission as the official channel in Member States for the submission of fellowship applications"
Only applications submitted and endorsed by the National Commission of the candidate's country will be examined. The UNESCO Secretariat cannot entertain requests from individuals.
“I understand through my actual experience, that science has one common language that gives us the possibility to interact with everyone, without religious, political, cultural or social barriers. With this experience, I have acquired more confidence in myself, in the things that I can do and learn.”
-M.P.J. UNESCO Fellow from Colombia
“Fellowships for women are especially important, because although as capable as their male counterparts, women are often not encouraged to apply for fellowships or given the chance to advance towards leaderships until much later in their careers than men. The fellowship has allowed me to apply the knowledge and data gained from doctoral studies… The award of this fellowship has also increased the international cooperation between the host country and mine and will benefit by using existing and emerging technology from other countries.”
-A.J.H. UNESCO Fellow from New Zealand