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

Please note that nominations for UNU-GEST post-graduate diploma in international gender studies in spring term 2018 from organisations are no longer accepted. A new open call will be issued 1 March 2018.

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.

Currently, there are two calls for applications from graduate students in Birzeit University, Palestine, and the Lebanese American University in Beirut. These are joint fellowships offered by UNU-GEST in collaboration with Erasmus+ student mobility programme. The selection process is somewhat different from the open call, in the sense that only master's students from selected universities can apply during a set timeframe by sending their applications to a designated department/contact person in their home universities, which are announced through the call for applications. Applications then get screened and sent to UNU-GEST, where the final decisions about screening interviews and, ultimately, admission to the programme are made. 

For further information about active calls for applications for spring semester 2018, check the following links:

Open call for university students in the Lebanese American University

Open call for university students in Birzeit University, Palestine


Target Groups and prerequisites

The target group for the UNU-GEST diploma programme consists of professionals from developing countries and post-conflict societies working on gender issues for government ministries and agencies, as well as civil society organizations 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 program.
  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).

Fellows are selected after an extensive personal interview, which preferably takes place at their workplace. 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 programmewill increase their capacities in their field of work in the future and how it will benefit their institute/organization.

Selection process

Please note that candidates are nominated by the institute or organisation where they work or by a funding agency sponsoring their studies in Iceland.

The selection process consists of several steps:

1.  Open call for nominations is issued by UNU-GEST 1 March each year

2.  Deadline for nominations from organizations/institutes is 30 June

3.  UNU-GEST screens applications from May to June. Interviews are offered to the prospective fellows.

4. Screening interviews for open call are held from June to July each year and final selection made by July/August.

5. The programme starts in January of each year.



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) funding agencies, such as development agencies and other development partners, embassies and governments. Candidates employed by UN agencies, with the exception of UNRWA, are required to be fully funded by their organizations.

The scholarships are all-inclusive and cover all travel costs for fellows, housing on campus, cloths allowance and per-diem during the five moth course, 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 benefitted from the program 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 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.