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.

2020 Penn State UNESCO Fellows Application

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Interested students must submit the following application materials electronically as a SINGLE PDF file to Dr. Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair ( by the end of day 10 May 2019. Students will be selected for interviews, and ultimately selection, as Fellows based on the quality of the following criteria: 1) A completed application form 2) A detailed personal essay describing the student’s interests in this program, familiarity with UNESCO, experience/training relevant to the program, their ability to proudly represent Penn State, and the contributions they seek to make to as part of this program. 3) A CV/Resume documenting the student’s academic and professional training, experiences, and other relevant professional information. 4) A summary of academic performance, cumulative academic GPA, and unofficial transcript 5) Two (2) letters of recommendation Note: All Fellows are required to spend a minimum of 6 months at UNESCO HQ Paris. Please consider this when applying.

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