How to apply

Fellowships Programme 2017/2018 – CLOSED

The deadline for submitting applications to the 2017/2018 edition of the Fellowships Programme is 30 June 2017 at 3 pm (Italian local time).

Applications to the Programme can only be submitted online through the Online Web Application (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome.

Before starting the application process, please read ALL documents concerning the Fellowships Programme and its eligibility criteria.

To register with the Online Web Application (OWA), click on the following link: Online Web Application (OWA).

Once registered, you will receive an automatically generated message requesting you to verify/confirm your account information. Please check that this message has not been forwarded to the JUNK ITEMS folder of your email.

Following verification of your registration, you may log in and enter your profile data, i.e. personal details, contact details, family details and information on your nationality and residence.

Once completed, you may begin creating your online application. Please allow sufficient time to complete the process, bearing in mind that you may stop/start as often as you wish in order to facilitate correct data entry. 

It is recommended to use internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Remember also to double-check that the resolution of your computer screen complies with the recommended minimum (1280×1024) and that your zoom setting is not higher than 100%.

ALL sections must be completed in English. Applications completed or partially completed in Italian will be disregarded. The application form must be submitted before the deadline indicated.

The OWA system allows you to copy and paste text from a Word document using the Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) keyboard shortcuts.

To avoid potential data loss, it is strongly recommended that you click on the SAVE buttonSaveonce you have completed each section. 

Note that it is not possible to edit your application once it has been submitted.

If you have already applied to previous editions of either the JPO or the Fellowships Programme via the Online Web Application (OWA) of the UN/DESA Office in Rome, your new application will automatically retrieve the contents of your most recent online submission.

N.B. Due to recent changes made to the OWA, candidates must review ALL the retrieved contents and make the necessary changes and/or add information where appropriate before clicking the ’SUBMIT’ button.

There are seven (7) sections in the online Application Form, as follows:

1. General information
You will be requested to provide information on how you learned about the Programme and what your preferred field of work is.

2. Skills
You will be requested to provide details of your language and computer skills. You may also list any publications, where relevant.

3. Higher education/University
This section allows you to provide details of your university/higher education studies. Please ensure you include all institutions and clearly list the university degree(s) conferred. You will also be requested to provide information on your university activities, including relevant seminars, specialist courses and final dissertation(s).

In this section, you must upload in PDF format a copy of the relevant university degree certificate attesting eligibility for the Fellowships Programme, such as:

-       PhD, or

-       Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica, or

-       Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico, or

-       University Master’s degree

Note that this PDF document must not exceed 1MB.

If you do not upload certification for one of the above university degrees, your application will not be deemed valid.

N.B. Do not upload certificates of qualifications awarded by non-university institutions/entities unless they have been formally recognized by a University system.

The below examples are documents which are NOT valid:

Example 1: Unsigned self-certification

Example 2: Keyboard-generated signature

Example 3: University Enrolment Certificate

Example 4: Piano di Studi document

Example 5: University website screenshots

N.B. As an alternative to a degree certificate, you may upload a signed self-certification document. This self-certification must include your given name and family name, date and place of birth, university degree obtained, date of award, university name, final grade and credits obtained. In order to be valid, this document must be dated and signed (handwritten signature only). Self-certification documents which have a computer keyboard-generated signature, are unsigned or otherwise incomplete will not be accepted.

4. Schools and training
This section allows you to list any formal training courses that you have undertaken. Education history information from age 14 onwards must also be included.

5. Employment history
You will be requested to provide details of all relevant work experience to date, specifying as follows: contract information, description of your duties and achievements, as well as reasons for leaving. Please use a separate record for each post. You may also include voluntary work and internships.

6. Motivation letter
This section allows you to briefly outline your reasons for applying to the Fellowships Programme. You may also highlight here your strengths and interests.

7. Additional information/Submission
This section allows you to list professional societies and activities in civic, public or international affairs, as well as information regarding any fellowships held and/or periods of residence outside the country of your nationality.

Before submitting your online application, remember to double-check all data entered by clicking on REVIEW.

Note that it is not possible to edit your application once it has been submitted.  After you have clicked on ‘SUBMIT’, a PDF version of the application will be automatically generated. You may decide to save this document on your computer or print it (also at a later stage) via the ‘PRINT’ option at the bottom of the registration/sign-in page.

For additional information, please contact the UN/DESA Office in Rome at:



Candidates must:

  1. be an Italian National
  2. be born on or after 1 January 1989 
  3. be fluent in English and Italian
  4. hold an advanced university degree

Each application must:

  1. be filled out in English
  2. include a motivation letter in the appropriate section
  3. include a copy of the relevant university degree certificate or a signed self-certification document attesting eligibility for the Fellowships Programme
  4. be submitted by the indicated deadline.