Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Every year, International Organizations and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation offices submit proposals for Fellowship positions to the UN/DESA Office and the Government of Italy. These proposals are subsequently reviewed in order to identify which will be sponsored, taking into account factors such as development and geographical priorities, previous Fellows’ placements and current security situation in each country. The Programme does not fund Fellowships in countries with UN Security Levels above 3 (moderate).
Applications to the Italian Fellowships Programme can only be submitted online. It is no longer possible to submit applications by fax/regular mail or personally deliver them to the UN/DESA Office in Rome. Every year, usually between May and June, an announcement is published on this website. This provides information on the application dates and deadline, as well as instructions how to apply.

The following graph shows the number of applications for the editions between 2011 and 2018:


The number of fellowships awarded under the Programme varies each year depending on the level of funds made available by the donor Government. The following table shows the number of fellowships awarded between 2011 and 2019 and the average age of selected candidates:

Edition Number of Fellowships Average age of Fellows
2011/2012 22 27 and 3 months
2012/2013 20 26 and 10 months
2013/2014 43 26 and 10 months
2014/2015 36 26 and 9 months
2015/2016 40 27 and 6 months
2016/2017 40 27 and 2 months
2017/2018 40 27
2018/2019 43 26 and 6 months
2019/2020 39 26 and 9 months

Candidates holding a Laurea/Laurea Triennale degree are not eligible for the Programme. They must also hold a Laurea Magistrale/Specialistica or a Master’s Degree which has been issued by a University before the application deadline.
The Programme has run on a regular basis since 1999. However, its implementation is subject to availability of funds by the donor Government on a year-to-year basis.
Fellows usually commence work at their duty stations in early January and return home in mid-December the same year. Before their departure, they attend a mandatory two-week training course, which forms an integral part of the Fellowship.
The workshop will train participants on security issues, project management, communication skills, team work and negotiation skills. Specific development topics relating to the current international context will also be addressed. All expenditures related to the orientation workshop attendance are borne directly by UN/DESA
For further details about the Programme, please contact the UN/DESA Office in Rome as follows: Tel. (+39) 06 5705 4638 E-mail: fellowshipinfo[at]