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Graduate Study Programme

The 54th Graduate Study Programme will take place from 4 to 15 July 2016 at the United Nations Office at Geneva, with the theme:



The United Nations Information Service’s Graduate Study Programme provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study. The Graduate Study Programme is held at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year during the month of July.

Each year, as part of the educational outreach programmes undertaken by the United Nations, the Information Service at Geneva organizes the Graduate Study Programme. This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding young postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies through first-hand observation and study at the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The 54th Graduate Study Programme will be held at the Palais des Nations from 4 to 15 July 2016. It will comprise lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies. Participants will form working groups to study issues related to human rights, development and the environment under the guidance of United Nations experts. They will be provided with selected documents and publications on the theme under discussion. Please note that the Programme will be conducted in English and French without interpretation.

How to apply

The postgraduate students invited to attend this programme will be selected on the basis of their academic experience and motivation, with due regard to equitable geographical and gender distribution. Candidates must be between 23-35 years of age. As this is a bilingual programme, candidates must be fluent in both English and French.

Interested postgraduate students interested in the 2016 Graduate Study Programme must submit their application ONLINE before the deadline date of 1st March 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date.

The application form is to be filled in on our website, accompanied by a letter of recommendation (in English or French only) from a university or governmental authority, proof of enrolment in a Masters degree programme (or equivalent) and university diplomas obtained.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Successful candidates will be asked to provide a medical certificate attesting good health and proof of medical insurance coverage in Switzerland at the time of the internship. Applications from those already employed full time professionally cannot be considered. Participants are prohibited from applying for employment with the United Nations during their internship and in the six-month period immediately following the programme.

Candidates will be notified of the selection committee's decision by mid-April 2016. Participation in the programme is free. The United Nations does not make any financial contribution towards the travel costs and residential expenses of participants. Governments or universities may offer grants to selected candidates. Candidates should seek advice from their universities on this point.

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