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How to Apply for a UNITWIN Network or UNESCO Chair

The application cycle for the 2015 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Network Programme is now open.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO is calling for applications for the 2015 intake of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks.

The deadline for submitting outline proposals is 29 January 2015 and full proposals is 12 March 2015.

Please inform the UK National Commission for UNESCO at the earliest opportunity of your intent to submit an outline proposal so that they can provide advice and guidance on your eligibility.

About the Programme

UNESCO’s university UNITWIN Networks and Chairs Programmes were established by the United Nations educational, scientific and cultural agency in 1992 as a way to advance research, training and programme development in UNESCO’s fields of competence.  It does this by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation, collaboration and information sharing on research that relates to its work in education, science, culture, communication and information.

Today, 819 UNESCO Chairs and 68 UNITWIN Networks are established within the Programme, involving over 854 institutions in 134 countries.

In the UK, there are currently 13 UNESCO Chairs and three UNITWIN Networks.  The UK’s impressive network of Chairs and UNITWIN Networks cover a vast spectrum of academic fields as diverse as HIV/AIDS to ICT for development, and sustainable mountain development to archaeological ethics.

How to apply

All UK higher education institutions wishing to apply for the UNESCO Chairs or UNITWIN Networks Programmes must submit their application through the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC). All proposals will be evaluated by the UKNC through a two-stage peer-review process.

Please see the UK Guidance Notes, Eligibility Criteria and the application timeline for full details on the application process.

Useful links

UNESCO website - UNITWIN UNESCO Chairs Network

More information

For more information, please contact Andrea Blick at the UK National Commission for UNESCO at / 020 7766 3491


Written: 16/12/2009 , last modified: 15/10/2014

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