Type of Funding

Fully funded




The United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training (UNU-GEST) Programme is inviting nominations of junior professionals from developing countries and post-conflict societies working on gender issues at government ministries and agencies and civil society organisations, for the UNU-GEST Fellowships for the 2020 Post-graduate Diploma Programme in International Gender Studies for the Spring Term 2020 (early January to end of May 2020) at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, Iceland.

The Diploma programme focuses on the structures and mechanisms necessary to promote gender equality and advance women‘s empowerment. The programme is divided into 6 modules on 2 tracks:

  • Theories and concepts;
  • Gender & development;
  • Gender, violence & security;
  • Choose between ‘Gender, health & education’ and ‘Gender, labour & migration’;
  • Gender, environment & climate change; and
  • Applied final project.


These are fully funded fellowships which cover all travel expenses for fellows, visa costs, housing on campus and per diem during the 5-month period, in addition to educational facilities, learning material and lessons.

GEST is offering a limited number of fellowships but also invites co-sponsorship from organizations, where full or partial costs for fellows (travel and accommodation) are covered by the nominating organization.


The target group for the GEST diploma programme is junior professionals or researchers 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.

Candidates must possess at least 1 university degree and 2 years of relevant experience, as related to themes of the diploma programme. They need to have good English skills. Candidates need to explain their work and their role at the institute or organisation. They should be able to discuss and identify gender equality issues in their field of work and show in-depth understanding of their professional work and how it relates to gender equality. They also have to expand on how they think the GEST diploma programme will increase their capacities in their field of work in the future and how it will benefit their institute/organization. They should be individuals passionate about becoming a leader for change, and willing to positively contribute to a dynamic group in an enriching learning environment.

Applicants from low income countries, conflict zones and post-conflict countries will be given priority (see the Official Website for list of DAC country income classifications).


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. Organisations are to submit their nominations online for Spring 2020 term by 31 May 2019.

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