The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to announce its UNAOC Fellowship Programme 2020. The United Nations fellowship is open to participants between 25 to 35 years old, from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North America, with a strong interest in intercultural exchanges.

In its Action Plan for 2019-2023, UNAOC acknowledges that traditional and new media play a crucial role in influencing public perception, narratives, and attitudes and therefore hold the potential to bridge cultural divides. The 2020 UNAOC Fellowship also aims to contribute to the global conversation launched by the UN for its 75th anniversary.

To be selected for the UN Fellowships, candidates must be able to present professional achievements in the fields of media, social media, and peacebuilding, with knowledge of the UN system. The Call will lead to the selection of a group of young leaders from Europe, North-America (EUNA) on one end, and a group of young leaders from the Middle East and North-Africa (MENA) on the other end. Participants from each geographic area will travel to their counterparts’ region for two weeks.

The goal of the United Nations Fellowship 2020 is to challenge perceptions and deconstruct stereotypes by providing participants with first-hand exposure to cultural diversity. In every country they visit, UNAOC Fellows will interact with a wide range of local stakeholders. While exploring opportunities for intercultural collaboration, Fellows will also discuss and exchange ideas on how to use media and information technology to support the global community and international organizations in their work toward sustainable peace and conflict prevention.

UNAOC Fellowship Program 2020:

Host Organisation:

  • United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Fellowship Duration:

  •  Participants from each geographic area will travel to their counterparts’ region for two weeks.

Fellowship Theme:

  • The theme of the Fellowship 2020 is “Building peace in the age of new media”.

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Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible as EUNA candidates, applicants must be:

  • Nationals from the United States, Canada, or a country member of the Council of Europe (plus Belarus)
  • Born between January 1st1985 and December 31st, 1995
  • Fluent in English
  • Working directly in the fields of media and/or peacebuilding, with strong social media proficiency and strong knowledge of the UN and its global agenda.
  • In possession of a passport valid at least 3 months beyond July 2020 (October 1st, 2020 and beyond)
  • Must not have participated in any of UNAOC programs before.

 To be eligible as MENA candidates, applicants must be:

  • Nationals from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen.
  • Born between January 1st1985 and December 31st, 1995
  • Fluent in English
  • Working directly in the fields of media and/or peacebuilding, with strong social media proficiency and strong knowledge of the UN and its global agenda.
  • In possession of a passport valid at least 6 months beyond September 2020 (March 1st, 2021 and beyond)
  • Must not have participated in any of UNAOC programs before.

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How to Apply for UNAOC Fellowship Program 2020?

  • Only fill in the following application if you meet all the eligibility criteria mentioned above
  • The application is to be completed in English only
  • The application is to be completed truthfully and in its entirety
  • Make sure to attach all the documents required
  • Resume must be in English
  • Do not attach anything else but the documents required

Only complete applications meeting the eligibility criteria and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Evaluation and Selection:

Candidates meeting all the eligibility criteria will have their application reviewed by a jury composed of UNAOC staff, experts working in the fields of gender, peacemaking and conflict prevention.

The jury will be looking for candidates with a strong interest in learning more about other cultures and societies. To be selected, participants should also express their motivation in developing cross-cultural collaboration with peers and partners from different countries.

The jury will also be assessing professional accomplishments in the fields of gender in connection with peacemaking or conflict prevention and will look for applicants with potential in shaping opinion and taking strong initiatives within their community.

The jury will also make sure that the final selection is:

  • Gender balanced
  • Region balanced between participants from North America, Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East
  • Limited to two participants per country
  • Professionally balanced with no more than a third of participants working in the same sector or industry.

To preserve the above-mentioned balance and to ensure the quality and diversity of participants, the selection jury will select the next highest scoring candidate to replace the lowest scoring redundant candidate.

Application Deadline:

  • The last date to apply for the UNAOC Fellowship Programme 2020 is  Sunday, 8 March 11:59 pm EST to apply.

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for a short Skype or phone interview.

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