UNESCO Employment, Fellowships, Prizes

Employment Opportunities for Americans at UNESCO

Professional Positions
UNESCO employs citizens from over 160 nations at hundreds of locations around the world. Because the U.S. is currently under represented among UNESCO Secretariat staff, Americans are strongly encouraged to apply for positions for which they are highly qualified.

You can take a look at UNESCO’s current vacancies here.

Young Professionals Program
The UNESCO Young Professional Program provides an opportunity for young professionals from nations under represented at UNESCO (such as the U.S.) to gain a career track position within the organization. Please contact dcunesco@state.gov for a copy of the application. The application process for U.S. submissions closed June 15, 2015.


UNESCO offers internships for graduate students – these internships last between one and four months. For more information, click here.

Fellowships Associated with UNESCO and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
Recipients of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship have the distinction of receiving the first fellowship named in honor of former First Lady Laura W. Bush. This Fellowship is meant to help U.S. student applicants design and conduct brief work projects in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO. For more information about this program and instructions about how to apply, click here.

UNESCO-L’OREAL Co-sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences
This UNESCO Fellowship honors young women researchers at the doctoral or postdoctoral level whose promising projects have been accepted by a reputable institution outside their country of origin. These fellowships are awarded to 15 young women from around the world and are worth up to $60,000 each. Find more information here.

UNESCO confers a number of prizes to individuals and associations all over the world. Prizes are awarded in each of UNESCO’s five sectors: Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information. This page provides more information about prizes awarded by UNESCO.