In 2012, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched a new initiative offering scholarships to researchers and education professionals from UNESCO Member States. CONFINTEA Scholarships generally run every September, though under special circumstances, Scholarships may run in other months. CONFINTEA Scholars conduct their research at the UIL Library for a period of one month. In addition, they have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other scholars, UIL staff and UIL’s external partners. UIL covers travel and accommodation costs and contributes a lump sum of €500 towards the costs of food, visas, etc.
CONFINTEA Scholarships are funded by private donations. To date, donations have been kindly made by:
- the British educationalist Peter Jarvis and his publisher Taylor & Francis;
- the Nomura Centre for Lifelong Integrated Education in Japan; and
- the US educationalist Alexander Charters
Who can apply for a CONFINTEA Scholarship?
Researchers and education professionals from UNESCO Member States who work in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult education and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.
Participants are selected on the basis of their potential to produce:
- policy proposals;
- programme tools;
- articles; and
- research papers
that can be shared with decision-makers in their home countries.
How to apply for a CONFINTEA Scholarship
An official call for applications, which outlines the application process, is published every March. The deadline for applications is the end of May. Successful candidates will be informed in early June. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about upcoming calls for applications. If you have any questions, please contact the CONFINTEA Scholarship Coordinator, Ms Lisa Krolak.