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 graduate and 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 57th Graduate Study Programme will be held at the Palais des Nations from 1 to 12 July 2019. It will comprise lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies. The GSP theme for 2019 will be:
“Multilateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most.” – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his address to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, 25 September 2018.
The first global attempt to form a “general association of nations… for the purpose of affording mutual guarantees of political independence and territorial integrity to great and small states alike,” as outlined in the last of Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points, is 100 years old. After the League of Nations failed, engulfed in the disaster of World War II, the world’s nations came together once again to build common norms and rules to advance their shared interests. But despite the many achievements of multilateralism, be it in terms of building peace or raising the standard of living for millions of people around the world, today, trust in global governance is largely undermined. The most pressing challenges of our time, however, are more global in nature than ever, from climate change to migration flows. How can we restore trust in our multilateral project?
Participants will form working groups to study issues related to the various dimensions of this theme, under the guidance of United Nations experts. They will be provided with selected documents and publications on the theme under discussion.
Important: language requirements for the GSP:
The majority of the sessions will be held in English, therefore absolute fluency in English is essential. As several sessions will be held in French, solid working knowledge of French is also required.
How to apply:
The 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. The age limit for application is 32 years of age.
Students interested in the 2018 Graduate Study Programme must submit their application ONLINE until 3 March 2019. No applications will be accepted after this date.
The application form is to be filled in 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 governmental authority, proof of current enrolment (at the time of application) in a Master’s degree programme or a postgraduate degree programme (or equivalent) 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 good health and proof of medical insurance coverage in Switzerland at the time of the GSP (these two documents will be only be accepted by us in English or French). Applications from those already employed full time professionally cannot be considered.
Candidates will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by mid-April 2018. 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.