Graduate Study Programme (GSP) at UN Geneva is the longest-running educational initiative of the United Nations, now in its 62nd year. Over the past six decades, the GSP has trained over 3,000 young people from more than 110 countries on all continents. This intensive two-week summer seminar provides an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the United Nations and “International Geneva” through first-hand observations, lectures, research, and networking.
The 62nd GSP will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 1 until 12 July 2024 under the theme: “Summit of the Future: Challenges and Opportunities”. The Programme will consist of morning lectures given by representatives of the United Nations, other international organizations, civil sector, and diplomats, visits to institutions, and work on group projects in the afternoons. Students, divided into five working groups, will look into the five chapters of the Pact for the Future and present their findings in short papers and presentations at the end of the Programme. This research and drafting process will be student-led and student-owned, with limited support from facilitators.
The Programme will be very intensive, with an average time commitment of 8-10 hours per day over ten days. While participation in the Programme is free of charge, participants will have to cover their own expenses of visa, travel, board and lodging in Geneva. The United Nations Office at Geneva is in no position to provide scholarships or arrange for sponsorships.
- Fluency in English is essential.
- As several sessions and discussions may be held in French, working knowledge of French is also needed.
- Applicants must be between 22 and 32 years of age at the time of application.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree programme or a postgraduate degree programme at the time of application.
- Applicants who have already participated in previous editions of the Graduate Study Programme will not be able to apply again.
How to Apply:
- Students interested in participating in the 2024 Graduate Study Programme must submit their application online until Friday 1 March 2024. No applications will be accepted after this date.
- The application form is to be completed on our website, accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s passport, a letter of recommendation (in English or French only) from a university or a governmental authority, a proof of current enrolment (at the time of application) in a master’s degree programme or a postgraduate degree programme, and university diplomas obtained.
- Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
- Once selected, successful candidates will be asked ahead of time to provide a medical certificate attesting their good health and a proof of medical insurance coverage in Switzerland for the duration of the GSP. These two documents will be accepted in English or French only. Applications from candidates who are already employed full time will not be considered.
- Participation in this programme is free of charge. The United Nations does not make any financial contribution towards visa, travel, board and lodging costs of participants. Governments, universities or foundations may offer grants to selected candidates. Candidates should seek advice from their universities in this regard.
Participants in the Graduate Study Programme are selected by a Selection Committee composed of officials of the United Nations Office at Geneva with various backgrounds and professional experiences.
The Selection Committee is guided by the following criteria:
• Academic background
• Extracurricular activities
• Geographical balance
• Gender balance
• Knowledge of the two working languages of the Programme (English and French)
• Usefulness of the Programme for the career of the applicant
Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The Selection Committee does not disclose the motivation of its choices. Decisions of the Selection Committee are final and cannot be appealed.
All candidates will be informed of the results on 1 April 2024 and are thus kindly asked not to inquire about their application status until then. All decisions by the Selection Committee are final.
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