Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowships/ scholarships

Fellowships are specifically tailored training designed to give, qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the fields of UNESCO’s competence, an opportunity to receive additional theoretical and practical training thus contributing to the advancement of knowledge and also to the development and international understanding. UNESCO fellowships are of short – term usually lasting up to 6 months and rarely exceeding one academic year.
Fellowships are intended for specialized training abroad and not for studies leading to a degree. Fellows may receive a stipend or contribution in-kind.


  •  To promote human resource development as a strategic means to attaining development goals.
  • To meet the acute need for human resource development in UNESCO Member States.
  • To enhance capacity building in all fields on UNESCO’s mandate.
  •  To expand and increase fellowship training opportunities financed mainly by extra-budgetary resources.


  •  Fellowships are granted only to persons in good health who are not normally over 45 year of age. Exceptions may be considered when a case can be made.
  • Applicants who have exceptional merit, and who have demonstrated that they possess outstanding potential to contribute to the social, cultural and or economic development of their country are the primary targets of UNESCO Fellowships.
  • Candidates are usually persons who have already begun their careers, or are at an advanced stage of their university education.
  • In the main, candidates are those pursuing post-graduate studies of short-term duration often of 6 months or under, and definitely not exceeding a maximum of one academic year. Owing to the scarcity of funds, awards to undergraduate students who may pursue studies in Tanzania cannot be beneficiaries of UNESCO fellowships.
  • Priority is given to the following candidate women, youth and the disadvantaged. Tanzania as a Least Developed Country and an African UNESCO Member State is also given priority.
  • Candidatures’ file should include: A UNESCO Fellowship Application Form duly completed in duplicate in English.


Applicants must channel their applications through the Secretary General, UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania. It is imperative that candidates are nominated by their office authorities who forward their nominations to the UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania.

The Application form is valid if it bears the following:

  •  The signature of a competent Tanzania authority (in this case the UNESCO National Commission of Tanzania).
  • Certified copies of any tertiary level institution or diplomas should be attached.
  • A Language Certificate in duplicate, issued by an official authority or qualified teacher of the language concerned.
  • A Medical Examination Report is strongly recommended that the medical examination be undertaken and submitted ONLY when the candidate is informed by UNESCO of her/his selection.


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