Frequently Asked Questions
Are there internships or volunteering opportunities available at the UK National Commission for UNESCO?
The UK National Commission for UNESCO operates limited volunteer/internship opportunities which depend on the requirements of the Secretariat staff at a particular time. All current UK National Commission for UNESCO internship vacancies are listed on our webpage.
The typical duration of an internship is a minimum of two months on a part-time basis. Longer internships may be available. Please note that internships are unpaid with reasonable travel expenses covered.
Is salaried employment available at the UK National Commission for UNESCO?
The UK National Commission for UNESCO has a small Secretariat of salaried staff. All vacancies with the Secretariat are listed on our vacancies page.
I'm interested in working for UNESCO. What vacancies are available and how do I apply?
If you are interested in working for UNESCO headquarters (based in Paris) or in one of UNESCO’s field offices, please visit the UNESCO vacancies page for all current job opportunities. Follow the application instructions available on the site. Please note that UNESCO does not have a UK office.
Are there internships or volunteering opportunities available at UNESCO?
UNESCO offers individual internships of 1-4 months at its headquarters and field offices. These internships are exclusively reserved for students pursuing a graduate or post-graduate degree programme or technical/professional studies.
Excellent spoken and written knowledge of one of the two working languages (English and French) of UNESCO is also required.
For further details on the UNESCO internship, please visit the relevant UNESCO page here:
Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes
Does the UK National Commission for UNESCO provide scholarships for research or study?
Unfortunately, the UK National Commission for UNESCO does not offer any scholarships for research, study or travel.
What prizes does UNESCO award and how do I apply?
UNESCO runs a number of prizes and awards to recognise exceptional contributions to humanity or achievements in UNESCO's areas of competence. These prizes are run in partnership with Member States, individuals or organisations.
Most UNESCO prizes and awards require applicants to apply through their relevant National Commission for UNESCO. The UK National Commission for UNESCO operates a strict policy in this area to help support the mission and objectives of these awards. Please contact the UKNC Secretariat for details on how your application may need to be submitted to the UKNC. For a list of UNESCO prizes and awards, please see:
- UNESCO prizes in Education
- UNESCO prizes in Natural Sciences
- UNESCO prizes in Social and Human Sciences
- UNESCO prizes in Culture
- UNESCO prizes in Communication and Information
How do I apply for UNESCO's Young Professionals Programme?
UNESCO’s Young Professionals Programme is open to candidates from UNESCO's current list of "Under Represented" or "Non Represented" countries. You can view the four-category system of countries here.
The UK National Commission for UNESCO cannot currently forward applications for the Young Professionals Programme because the UK is listed as “In Balance”. If you are a national of one of the countries listed on the ‘non-represented’ or ‘under-represented’ list you have to lodge your application through the corresponding National Commission. Contact details of National Commissions may be found here.