Italian Fellowships Programme 2017/2018 for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development for Young Italians.

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Application Deadline: June 30th 2017

The Italian Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development is sponsored by the Government of Italy and implemented by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA).

Through this Programme, young skilled professionals are selected for a one-year placement in the field offices of either International Organizations or the Italian Development Cooperation. Before taking up their assignment in the host country Fellows attend a mandatory two-week training course, which is an integral part of the Programme.

The fellowships under this Programme are awarded to enhance development assistance delivery in developing countries and to provide young professionals with a valuable opportunity to enrich their professional experience and enhance their work methods and techniques. During their assignment fellows participate in analytical, research and operational activities in the area of capacity development, including project identification and development.

Initially rolled out in 1999 as a pilot scheme awarding 12 fellowships, the Programme has gradually grown into a fully-fledged initiative awarding on average 30 fellowships a year. To date, a total of 510 young Italian professionals have participated in the Programme.


The deadline for submitting applications to the 2017/2018 edition of the Fellowships Programme is 30 June 2017 at 3 pm (Italian local time).

Applications to the Programme can only be submitted online through the Online Web Application (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome.

Eligibility requirements for applicants

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements to be considered eligible for the Programme:

  • 28 years old or younger (candidates must not turn 29 during the calendar year of application)
  • Italian nationality
  • Fluency in English and Italian
  • Advanced university degree (or degree combinations), such as:
    • Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica 
    • Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico
    • Laurea/Laurea Triennale plus university Master’s degree awarded before the application deadline
    • Bachelor’s degree plus university Master’s degree awarded before the application deadline

Additional skills and qualifications

Given the highly competitive nature of the Italian Fellowships Programme, the following additional skills and qualifications are considered assets:

  • Knowledge of other UN official languages / languages spoken in developing countries.
  • Further academic qualifications and training courses.
  • Previous voluntary work and professional experience.
  • Key competencies such as client orientation, teamwork, communication, accountability, planning and organization.

Candidates are expected to be motivated, flexible and willing to adapt to different environments. Furthermore, they must at all times demonstrate commitment to the core values of the United Nations, i.e. integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity.

Fields of Expertise

The professional competencies expected of Fellows may vary from year to year according to the specific requests from the recipient organizations. Fields of expertise include – but are not limited to – governance and local development, rule of law, food security, agricultural development, urban development, migration, humanitarian affairs, culture and education, gender, information and communication technology, statistics and data management, private sector development, microcredit, economic development, and sustainable development.

There are seven (7) sections in the online Application Form, as follows:

1. General information
You will be requested to provide information on how you learned about the Programme and what your preferred field of work is.

2. Skills
You will be requested to provide details of your language and computer skills. You may also list any publications, where relevant.

3. Higher education/University
This section allows you to provide details of your university/higher education studies. Please ensure you include all institutions and clearly list the university degree(s) conferred. You will also be requested to provide information on your university activities, including relevant seminars, specialist courses and final dissertation(s).

In this section, you must upload in PDF format a copy of the relevant university degree certificate attesting eligibility for the Fellowships Programme, such as:

–       PhD, or

–       Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica, or

–       Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico, or

–       University Master’s degree

Note that this PDF document must not exceed 1MB.

If you do not upload certification for one of the above university degrees, your application will not be deemed valid.

N.B. Do not upload certificates of qualifications awarded by non-university institutions/entities unless they have been formally recognized by a University system.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Italian Fellowships Programme 2017/2018

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