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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2021/2022 Scholarships

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The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer UIL Research Scholarships to six researchers from UNESCO Member States and/or Associate Member States. The scholarships begin in September and are for a period of one month.

Areas the Program covers

The Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies programme advocates and advances lifelong learning as the conceptual framework and organizing principle for education reforms in the twenty-first century. It supports Member States in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of lifelong learning policies and strategies.

The programme has three main fields of intervention for Member States:

  1. Conducting policy research and analysis
  2. Providing technical assistance and capacity-building activities
  3. Supporting policy dialogue and networking on national, regional and international levels

The programme focuses on the following areas:

  1. Lifelong learning policy analysis
  2. Recognition, validation and accreditation (RVA) of non-formal and informal learning
  3. National qualifications frameworks
  4. Learning cities


Applications are open for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Research Scholarships 2019. In 2012, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched a new initiative offering scholarships to researchers and education professionals from UNESCO Member States.
Research Scholarships generally run every September, though under special circumstances, Scholarships may run in other months. Research Scholars conduct their research at the UIL Library for a period of one month. In addition, they have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other scholars, UIL staff and UIL’s external partners.

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How can one become Eligible?

  • Open to researchers and education professionals from UNESCO Member States who work in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult education and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.
  • Participants are selected on the basis of their potential to produce: policy proposals; programme tools; articles; and research papers that can be shared with decision-makers in their home countries.

How to submit your Application


In order to apply, please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter
  2. Your research proposal (2–4 pages)
  3. A concise and up-to-date CV

More information on UILL

Since the UIL Research Scholarship Programme was launched in 2012, a total of 52 research scholars have taken part. Participants are selected on the basis of their potential to produce articles, research papers, programme tools or policies that can be shared with decision-makers and that will have an impact on the education sector in their home countries. UIL seeks gender balance and particularly welcomes applicants from the Global South

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application by 30 April 2019 to UIL Research Scholarship Coordinator Ms Lisa Krolak, at: uil-lib@unesco.org.

More About UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

In addition to discovering more about UIL’s mandate, programmes and main objectives, the internship programme also offers participants a chance to augment their academic knowledge with relevant work assignments that can help them prepare for their future career. Participants also enjoy a unique opportunity to work in a multicultural and research-oriented environment.

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