UNESCO/Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships in Engineering 2024 edition

About the Programme

With a view to promoting human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhancing international understanding and friendship among nations and peoples , the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Chair for Science, Technology, and Engineering at the AGH University of Krakow (Poland) are placing at the disposal of UNESCO thirty (30) fellowships for the benefit of a number of developing Member States . Beneficiaries of these fellowships will be given the opportunity to undertake an individual research programme in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering for a duration of 6 months between 1 October 2024 and 31 March 2025.

Invited Member States (76)

AFRICA (31 Member States) • Angola • Benin •Burkina Faso • Cameroon • Cape Verde • Chad • Côte d’Ivoire • Democratic Republic of the Congo • Eritrea • Ethiopia • Gabon • Gambia • Ghana • Kenya • Lesotho • Madagascar • Malawi • Mali • Mauritius • Mozambique • Niger • Nigeria • Senegal • South Africa • Togo •The Comoros • Uganda • United Republic of Tanzania • Zambia • Zimbabwe

ARAB STATES (1 Member States) • Iraq • Syrian Arab Republic (the) • Bahrain

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC (28 Member States)  • Bangladesh • Bhutan • Brunei Darussalam • Cambodia • Fiji • India • Independent State of Samoa • Kazakhstan • Kyrgyzstan • Lao People’s Democratic Republic • Mongolia • Nauru • Nepal • Pakistan • Palau • Papua New Guinea • Republic of Kiribati • Republic of Maldives • Sri Lanka • Tajikistan • Thailand • The Solomon Islands • Tonga • Turkmenistan • Tuvalu • Uzbekistan • Vanuatu • Viet Nam

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (14 Member States) • Barbados • Bolivia (Plurinational State of) • Cuba • Dominican Republic • El Salvador • Haiti • Jamaica • Mexico • Peru • Saint Kitts and Nevis • Saint Lucia • Saint Vincent and Grenadines • Trinidad and Tobago • The Bahamas

Duration and Place of Fellowship Study

The fellowship will last for 6 months and take place at the AGH University of Krakow, UNESCO AGH Chair (A. Mickiewicza Ave 30, PL 30-059 Krakow, Poland).

For more information regarding the host university, please visit www.unesco.agh.edu.pl.

Qualifications Required

Candidates should refer to the Annex III for the specific criteria and qualifications required by each field of research and project.

Note that for some fields of research and projects, only the candidates from certain regions are eligible to apply. Please refer to Annex IV for detailed information.

How to Apply – Guidance for Candidates

Before you start your application, please check Annex I (List of Invited Member States) and Annex IV to make sure your country (nationality) is eligible for your intended project/field of research.

Step 1:
Read carefully Annex II (Terms and Conditions) and Annex III (List of fields of researches & projects and their respective criteria) for the 2024 edition of UNESCO/Poland Co-Sponsored Fellowships in Engineering) to understand the requirements for eligible candidatures and the procedures for application submission.

Step 2:
Contact the National Commission for UNESCO of your country to enquire the application procedures at national level. Click here for the contact information of the National Commissions for UNESCO.

Step 3:
Prepare your application, including the following supporting documents to the National Commissions of your country of Origin as mentioned in the Annex II:

  1. UNESCO fellowships application form, All 4 pages duly completed in English using capital letter (illegible documents will be eliminated from the evaluation procedure, and hand writing form must be written in capital letters only);
  2. A copy of the identity photo of the applicant;
  3. Certified copies (in English) of Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree/ PhD obtained (candidates should have completed and obtained the degrees before applying for this fellowships programme, and the presented degrees shall meet the requirements and regulations of European Union);
  4. UNESCO certificate of language knowledge, duly completed by a relevant authority, if the mother tongue of the candidate is not English; and
  5. Two letters of recommendation from someone related to the candidate’s work, as well confirming the candidate’s qualifications.

Step 4:
Submit your application with all the supporting documents mentioned above to the National Commission for UNESCO of your country.

NOTE: As National Commission for UNESCO of the invited countries will select and transmit the applications of nominated candidates to UNESCO Paris Headquarter by 10 May 2024 at the latest, applicants are advised to submit their application to the National Commissions as early as possible.

Step 5:
As soon as you are informed by the National Commission for UNESCO of your country that you are endorsed and nominated as a candidate for this programme, you should submit your application by email to to agh.poland@unesco.org (with unesco24@agh.edu.pl and j.markiewicz@unesco.pl in copy) and then complete and submit the online information sheet at this link.

Note: Only applications endorsed  by the National Commission will be accepted by UNESCO. It is mandatory for each endorsed candidate to submit his/er information sheet by Friday 10 May 2024, 12pm Paris time at the latest

Submission and Selection of Candidates

Due to the intergovernmental character of UNESCO, individual applications will not be accepted by UNESCO. Only applications endorsed by the National Commissions for UNESCO will be considered. Applicants should submit their application documents through the National Commissions.

The National Commission of invited Member States will select qualified candidates and transmit to UNESCO the Letters of Endorsement and all the application documents of the nominated candidates, by e-mail to agh.poland@unesco.org (with unesco24@agh.edu.pl and j.markiewicz@unesco.pl in copy) by Friday 10 May 2024, 12pm Paris time at the latest. Candidatures with incomplete applications, or submitted after this deadline won’t be considered.

The selection of fellowship recipients will be made and decided by the concerned Polish authorities, taking into consideration gender equality and diversity. The National Commissions for UNESCO of the selected fellows will be duly informed by UNESCO.

Facilities Offered by the Polish authorities

  • Free tuition and access to the university facilities based on the local regulations.
  • Monthly allowance of 1800 PLN for BSc degree students and 2200 PLN for MSc degree students (1 USD = approximately 4 PLN). All living expenses and accommodation in Poland are to be borne by the fellow with this allowance;
  • A one-time special allowance of 1800 PLN for BSc degree students or 2200 PLN for MSc degree students to be paid upon arrival in Poland (for 6 months stay period). This sum will cover different activities related to your stay in Krakow, such as an obligatory medical check-up upon arrival (in accordance with the internal regulations for all students); cultural, historical and/or touristic visits, conferences, workshops, and seminars related to your studies.

Facilities Offered by UNESCO

  • International travel expenses (by the most direct, economical route): from the beneficiary’s country to and from Poland will be covered by UNESCO;
  • Health insurance for fellowship beneficiaries who are declared medically fit: UNESCO fellowship holders may be covered by a health insurance policy, taken-out by the Organization for the duration of fellowship. UNESCO will subscribe the health insurance on behalf of awarded fellows and cover the cost incurred.;
  • One-time special pocket allowance of US$120 (one hundred and twenty US dollars).


Fellows from countries where Polish Embassies or Consulates exist need to obtain their entry visa to Poland prior to their departure. Fellows, from countries where no such Embassy or Consulate exists, must acquire their visa through the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Poland.

UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Poland provide no allowance to defray passport and visa expenses. Fellows shall secure their own visas themselves.

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