CONFINTEA Fellowships

CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme

To support the implementation of the commitments made at CONFINTEA VI, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has been offering one-month CONFINTEA Fellowships to key personnel from UNESCO Member States since 2011.

One of the CONFINTEA Fellows’ chief assignments is to produce a draft proposal for a policy and strategy framework that would lead (preferably after a broad national consultation process) to implementing the Belém Framework for Action in their respective countries.

Who can apply for a CONFINTEA Fellowship?

CONFINTEA Fellowships are offered to government officials or representatives of civil society organizations working in key positions in the field of adult learning and education (ALE) in UNESCO Member States, particularly those in the Global South. UIL seeks geographical (regional and national) and gender balance when awarding CONFINTEA Fellowships.

Candidates for CONFINTEA Fellowships should:

  • Have extensive experience – whether in government or civil society or as a researcher – in adult learning and education
  • Be involved in policy formulation or in planning and implementing programmes at national level; in addition, involvement in national activities related to the preparations for, implementation of, or follow-up to CONFINTEA VI would be an asset
  • Have fluent spoken and written English and, ideally, a working knowledge of another United Nations or UNESCO language

How to apply for a CONFINTEA Fellowship

An official call for applications is published every February or March and the deadline for submission of applications is the end of May. The Fellowship programme generally runs every October.

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A written proposal
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A motivational letter

Proposals should carefully consider the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action in one of the UNESCO Member States. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed about upcoming calls for applications.

Other information

The successful candidates receive daily subsistence allowances during their stay at UIL. Costs of accommodation, travel and visas are also covered. For more information, please contact the CONFINTEA Fellowship Coordinator, Ms Angela Owusu-Boampong.