Posted: March 8, 2019

The 2020 Penn State UNESCO Fellows Program will be a highly selective and significant professional development experience for exceptional Penn State graduate and/or upper level undergraduate students.

Selected students will be named as UNESCO Fellows and assigned for between six-twelve months to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

The main focus area for this cohort of Fellows will be assisting in research, program, and policy development related to Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). Within this broad topic and context, expertise and interest in communications, STEM/STEAM education for women and girls, PVE education, gender issues, social/psychological development, educational programming, cultural/historical studies, youth development, legal studies, natural sciences, sustainable development, and other related areas will be engaged. These correspond to the major focus sectors within UNESCO (Education, Natural Sciences, Communication and Information, Social and Human Sciences, and Culture).

This highly selective program will result in a total cohort of 10 Fellows being assigned to Paris. These will reflect a mixture of students from Penn State, Georgetown, Salisbury, and George Washington Universities.

Prior to arrival at UNESCO Headquarters, all Fellows will take part in approximately 40 hours of pre-departure training, interaction with UNESCO staff, and other professional preparation designed to ensure Fellows immediately, and significantly contribute, to UNESCO and US Mission programs at the highest level.

NOTE: All applicants must commit to being onsite a UNESCO HQ in Paris for a minimum of six months.

More information and application procedures may be found at

The deadline for 2020 Applications is 10 May.