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UNESCO/Republic of Korea Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

Announcement date: 23 March 2018

Deadline for submission of applications: 20 May 2018

Programme Document:  2018 UNESCO/Republic of Korea Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme




What is it about?

In line with the strategy and objectives approved in 39 C/5 for UNESCO’s Fellowship Programme in application of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UNESCO and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in 2016, the Government of the Republic of Korea is offering twenty five (25) fellowships of no more than two months’ duration.

Aimed at enhancing human resources and national capacity-building in least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa and Asia-Pacific, these fellowships will enable candidates to conduct research work or participate in a training course in the Republic of Korea.  The medium of instruction is English.

Field of Study

Course Title:  'Capacity Development for Basic Education of Africa and Asia Pacific'.

The field of study is aligned with UNESCO’s objectives and programme priorities approved in 39 C/5 and in accordance with the decision made by the Executive Board  (i.e. 161 EX/Decision 3.6.3 and 165 EX/Decision 8.6).

Duration: (2 months)

From 16 August to 11 October 2018

Qualifications Required

UNESCO solicits applications from least developed countries (LDCs) in Africa and Asia-Pacific.

A. Candidatures must comply with the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Candidates must be proficient in English
  3. Candidates must be between 28 and 50 years of age
  4. Candidates must be in good health, both mentally and physically
  5. Candidates must have a minimum 5-year career in the field of Education (i.e., educational policy, development of educational material or curriculum, school/class management and teacher’s training).

B. All applications must be endorsed by the National Commission for UNESCO and must be made on a UNESCO fellowship application form

C. The implementing agency in the Republic of Korea will be the KOICA/APCEIU.

D. The following documents must be attached to the application form:

  1. Photocopies of diplomas and school-certified transcript of academic records,
  2. Certificate of English Language Proficiency by an official authority (if English is not the medium of instruction in the home country),
  3. One photograph.

E. Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline for the submission of applications and candidatures, which do not fulfill the requirements mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration.

F. Each invited Member State will be requested to nominate not more than two candidates

G. UNESCO will submit to the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea/KOICA the application files received from the invited Member States.  It is understood that KOICA will cooperate with the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) in the evaluation of these dossiers.

Selection of Beneficiaries

A. The final selection of the beneficiaries for a fellowship lies with the KOICA/APCEIU/Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to UNESCO.

B. Candidates not informed of their selection by 29 June 2018 should consider that the donor government has not approved their applications.

List of Invited Countries

Least Developed Countries(LDCs)


Angola, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zambia.

Asia & the Pacific

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Nepal, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Facilities offered by the Government of the Republic of Korea

A. Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be exempt from tuition fees for the duration of the study/training.

B. Fellows will undertake studies/training under the supervision of an advisor or study director that will be provided by the host institution.

C. The donor Government will pay stipends to beneficiaries on a monthly basis, in local currency.  The stipends are intended to cover living expenses such as accommodation, meals, pocket expenses, and incidentals.  The donor will determine the amount of the stipend to be granted to beneficiaries.

D. Health Insurance.

Facilities offered by UNESCO

1. UNESCO will cover international travel expenses, estimated at approximately  US$2,500 per fellow, and will pay a one-time travel allowance amounting to US$200 per fellow.


A. No provision to finance or lodge fellows’ family members can be made.

B. Beneficiaries will be required to submit a final report upon termination of the fellowship, signed jointly by the fellow and his/her advisor or study/training director.  A copy of this report will be sent to the KOICA/APCEIU and to UNESCO.



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