Fellowship at UNFPA Special Youth Programme

The Special Youth Programme fellowship consists of an initial 4.5 months fellowship at UNFPA Headquarters, New York, followed – upon satisfactory performance – by a continued fellowship of another 4.5 months in the UNFPA Regional Office or Country Office in the region / country of the fellow.

UNFPA is currently recruiting for a group of fellows to start their fellowships in April/May.


This programme is designed to give young people from developing countries opportunities to engage in policy development and programming; to help build the capacity of young people; and to sensitize both the young people and UNFPA staff on partnering to address adolescent and youth issues.

During the course of the programme, fellows will:

Attend and participate in UNFPA and UN events and meetings as appropriate
Undertake research and writing assignments
Contribute to ongoing projects and programmes
Organize a final presentation to UNFPA HQ staff on their projects and fellowships in Headquarters
Interact with the New York local youth community on at least one occasion
Develop a relationship with the Regional and Country Office and provide updates on their activities during the HQ fellowship
Provide updates to HQ during fellowship at Regional or Country Office

In addition to development opportunities to experience working with a UN agency such as UNFPA, all qualified candidates will be provided the following:

Cost of return travel from country of origin
Assistance with travel documents and visa requirements
Health insurance
Housing arrangements
Subsistence allowance (for meals and other basic needs)
A workstation and internet access
Opportunities to be mentored by UNFPA staff on issues of interest
Administrative assistance as required

Qualifications and Experience

Criteria: Candidates must have some programme experience in areas of UNFPA’s mandate. These areas include: young people’s sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights, humanitarian response, population, gender, culture, human rights, HIV prevention, poverty reduction, and sustainable livelihoods.

Eligibility: The following are the eligibility requirements for applying to this programme:

Aged between 20-24 years old during the fellowship
Residence and nationality of a developing country (Applicants from developed countries will not be considered for this programme, but are invited to apply for UNFPA’s regular internship programme)
Established interest and dedication to development issues through previous experiences or affiliation with a youth network or NGO working on development issues
Basic leadership and advocacy skills
Basic understanding of issues of importance to UNFPA and what the organization stands for
English language skills (written and oral)
Commitment to return to home country to undertake follow up work with young people

To apply online click here.

For more information, please contact awasthi@unfpa.org


  1. tharo says:

    I can’t find this special fellowship reference to click though i get through APPLY ONLINE

  2. mulwanyi eric says:

    hi,i failed to get the applicatiion form for the specail youth program,did you succeed in getting it? if you did,how did you get it?

  3. fauziya says:

    hi….please i have been trying to apply but the site is not opening.please can anybody help me with that? please

  4. fauziya says:

    hi……..please have you gotten a reply? if yes please can u tell me how u did that? fauziya.abdullahi@yahoo.com

  5. Phanuel Wunu says:

    Thanks for the opportunity but it seems we all have difficulty accessing the registration form. Please do something about it for us.

  6. joseph hillary afful says:

    hello,please i have been trying to apply but the site is not opening.please can anybody help me do it or teach me how to do it pleaseeeee…

  7. joseph hillary afful says:

    tharo please how did u do it please teach me

  8. Omer says:

    its not working….

  9. Peace Amenku says:

    Please, i cannot get through to apply.

  10. leon says:

    I’ve failed also

  11. Oluwaferanmi Owolabi says:

    hi. i cant get the application form either, it never goes through. can anyone please help?

  12. kika keneth says:

    may you please send us the appropriate web to log onto so as we apply in time please.

  13. Sam says:

    it doesnt work, why

  14. MARGGIE says:

    How does one apply?its not working

  15. Symo says:

    am tryin to apply but invalid server keeps poppin. Please help its been a month now. Any other options.

  16. william Ole Kipetu says:

    A wonderful opportunity to offer youths an chance to contribute to the overall global debate on the environment as relate to climate Change. Need regular updates on important global events.

    Kind regards

  17. buhlebenkosi says:

    this is a wonderful opportunity but am afraid that i might miss the chance because seems my application request will not go through

  18. our organisation has been registered in the year 1996 and got FCRA,12AA and 80G. we got totally 36 awards for our best social service activities.we conducted 63 programs every year. we want grant from your organisation

  19. alonso says:

    oooh i cant open for applications guys,plz help hey

  20. supria says:

    What is the last date of this application? Please inform me

  21. isaac Nininahazwe says:

    Please i would like to know if someone from Burundi can applly.And also i would like to know the deadline.Hope to hear from you soon

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