United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Program 2021: Apply by Mar 5

Applications are now open for The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme (GSP) on the theme ‘Reset, Resilience, Recovery’.

About UN

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) in Geneva, Switzerland, is one of the four major offices of the United Nations where numerous different UN agencies have a joint presence. The United Nations and its specialized agencies, programs, and funds may have other offices or functions hosted outside the Palais des Nations, normally in office spaces provided by the Swiss Government. UN specialized agencies and other UN entities with offices in Geneva hold bi-weekly briefings at the Palais des Nations, organized by the United Nations Information Service at Geneva.

United Nations Information Service’s GSP 2021

The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme (GSP) is the longest-running educational program of the United Nations. The seminar provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations System and the International Geneva through first-hand observations, lectures, research, group work, and visits to Geneva-based institutions.

The 59th Graduate Study Programme will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from Monday, 28 June to Friday, 9 July 2021.

It will comprise lectures given by representatives of the United Nations and other Geneva-based organizations, visits to institutions, and daily work in working groups under the guidance of expert moderators.

The GSP theme for 2021 will be Post-COVID World: Reset, Resilience, Recovery.

Participation in this program is free of charge. The United Nations does not make any financial contribution towards visa, travel, board, and lodging costs of participants. Governments, universities, or foundations may offer grants to selected candidates. Candidates should seek advice from their universities in this regard.

Who can Apply?

  • Fluency in English is essential.
  • As several sessions and discussions may be held in French, working knowledge of French is also needed.
  • Applicants must be between 22 and 32 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree program or a postgraduate degree program at the time of application.
  • Applicants who have already participated in previous editions of the Graduate Study Programme will not be able to apply again.

How to Apply

  • The application form is to be completed on UN GSP’s website, accompanied by:
    • A copy of the applicant’s passport
    • A letter of recommendation (in English or French only) from a university or a governmental authority,
    • Proof of current enrolment (at the time of application) in a master’s degree program or a postgraduate degree program and university diplomas obtained.
  • Once selected, successful candidates will be asked ahead of time to provide a medical certificate attesting their good health and proof of medical insurance coverage in Switzerland for the duration of the GSP. These two documents will be accepted in English or French only.
  • Applications from candidates who are already employed full time will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee is guided by the following criteria:

  • Academic background
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Geographical balance
  • Gender balance
  • Knowledge of the two working languages of the Programme (English and French)
  • The usefulness of the Programme for the career of the applicant.

Application Deadline

March 5, 2021

Please Note: Applicants should bear in mind that, depending on the conditions of the pandemic, the program might need to take place virtually. All updates will be published on the official page.

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