Information on the nomination, application and selection process for post- graduate diploma in international gender studies is set forth below. UNU-GEST now invites nominations for post- graduate diploma in international gender studies in spring term 2018 from organisations. A number of full scholarships are granted each year. A handout on the open call 2018 can be found here

Organizations are invited to submit nominations for fellowships. This can be done by using a form on our website that can be filled in online  (see also a link on the left hand side). UNU-GEST also collaborates with various universities around the world and invites master´s students in gender studies or related disciplines a placement at UNU-GEST for one semester. Such scholarships are announced separately.

Target Groups and prerequisites

The target group for the UNU-GEST diploma programme is professionals from developing countries and post-conflict societies working on gender issues for government ministries and agencies, as well as civil society organisations and educational institutes.

Selection of the fellows is based on the following criteria. Candidates shall:

  1. Have at least one university degree.
  2. Have at least two years of experience related to his/her chosen theme in the diploma programme.
  3. Possess good English skills (speak, read and write), as English is the language of instruction.
  4. Be a young professional (age limit 35 years).

Selection process

Application pathPlease note that candidates are nominated by the institute or organisation they are employed by or by a funding agency sponsoring their studies in Iceland. Direct applications from prospective fellows are not accepted. UNU-GEST welcomes expressions of interest all year round. However, the final deadline for organisational nominations for the 2018 academic year is 30 June 2017. Recruitment timeline may vary from one country to the next.

The selection process consists of several steps:

1.  Open call for nominations is issued by UNU-GEST 1 March each year. UNU-GEST also collaborates with partner organizations and invites nomination from selected agencies.

2.  Deadline for nominations from organisations/institutes is 30 June. Nomination forms are available at UNU-GEST website.

3.  UNU-GEST screens applications in collaboration with nominating agencies.

4.  Nominees submit an application. Each candidate nominated is requested to fill out an application form for the diploma programme and submit other required documentation, including academic transcripts. Those fulfilling programme requirements will be invited to an interview with UNU-GEST staff.

5. Interviews with prospective fellows. Candidates who fulfill requirements are interviewed by UNU-GEST staff. In this interview, the candidates need to be able to:

a) explain their work and their role at the institute or organisation;
b) discuss and identify gender equality issues in their field of work;
c) show in-depth understanding of their professional work and how it relates to gender equality;
d) outline how they think the UNU-GEST diploma programme will increase their capacities in their field of work in the future and how it will benefit their institute/organisation.

6. Proposed fellows are offered placement by July/August

7. Diploma programme starts in early January 


Financing of candidates and programme cost

The funding of the diploma programme is based on scholarships that are either 1) funded directly by the UNU-GEST programme or 2) by funding agencies, such as development agencies and other development partners, embassies and governments. Funding agencies can either fully sponsor a candidate, or co-sponsor with UNU-GEST. 

The scholarships are all-inclusive and cover all travel costs for fellows, housing on campus, cloths allowance and per-diem during the five moth period, in addition to educational facilities, learning material and lessons.

Gender equality is an issue cutting across all sectors and funding agencies have in the past benefited from the programme as they have either used the scholarship to enhance gender-related work within their own projects or programmes, or opted for supporting experts and leaders from civil society or government. Each year the student body consists of experts from a variety of fields, stimulating a mutual learning environment where students can share different viewpoints and experiences. 

Funding agencies interested in learning more about opportunities related to the UNU-GEST diploma programme are invited to contact for further details.