UNANY Summer Scholars 2016 Fellowships




The United Nations Association of New York Summer Scholars Fellowships is a pilot program completely funded by UNA-NY for the purpose of enabling two students in graduate degree programs to experience work abroad with the United Nations or its agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations. The mission of the Scholars program is to foster direct knowledge and understanding of the United Nations and international organizations.

The two fellowships being awarded for 2016 are situated in Lebanon and Senegal, and are UNA-NY collaborations with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Plan International respectively. More information follows below for each of these programs.

Criteria for Selection

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a university as full-time graduate students
  • Submission of CV as well as Statement of Purpose letter
  • Three letters of recommendation

Award Conditions

  • The Summer Scholars fellowship provides a stipend to cover all travel and living expenses.
  • The award recipients are expected to participate in a UNA-NY program related to their fellowship experience, during the fall of 2016.
  • The recipients are expected to keep a blog of their summer experience and, at the end of their involvement, submit a letter documenting the results of the research project.

Housing and Budget

Costs associated with participation in the program will be assumed by UNA-NY, which will provide the required financial assistance to the student for the duration of the internship. The grant will cover round-trip airfare to and from the selected country, as well as housing and food. Housing will be available in small hotels or apartments selected by the host UN office or NGO office. 

The award recipients are responsible for ensuring that all passports and necessary visas are in order, as well as providing necessary immunization and vaccination certificates. Proof of medical and evacuation insurance must also be submitted prior to departure.

LEBANON | Reproductive Health Services and Internally Displaced Persons

This three-month Summer Scholars fellowship, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is focused on improving reproductive health services to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and is part of a UNFPA Syria Country Office program, based in Lebanon.


UNFPA works in more than 150 countries and territories that are home to the vast majority of the world's people. Its mission: to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. This program is situated in the UNFPA Syria Country Office (in Lebanon) during the summer of 2016, with a focus on Syrian IDPs.

Goals and Objectives: Conducting research which is undertaken to improve the Reproductive Health (RH) status of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria. The research will contribute information to the Reproductive Health (RH) policy making process, enabling Syrian IDPs with equitable access to RH services.


The research undertaken by the intern will contribute effectively to the Reproductive Health (RH) policy making process. Among specific objectives will be: identifying demographic characteristics of Syrian IDPs, mapping out RH facilities providing services to the IDPs, identifying the extent of services utilized, analyzing the gaps and challenges of the RH service delivery, and making recommendations on improving humanitarian response to further enable equitable access to RH services for Syrian IDPs.

SENEGAL | Sponsorship Programs and Communications

This three-month summer fellowship, in collaboration with Plan International, is focused on Sponsorship Programs and Communications, a part of Plan's outreach to assist improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries.


Plan International is a development organization operating in 51 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, working to promote and protect the rights of children. Founded over 75 years ago, it is one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world, and its work is linked to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Plan assists many children, especially those who are excluded or marginalized, through high-quality programs which provide long-lasting benefits: by increasing family incomes, through working in partnerships, and by operating effectively. It is also independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan International has been operating in Senegal since 1982, helping children access their right to education, health and protection. Our programs benefit 37,000 children in 600 communities across the country. Core activity areas include: education and teacher training, child and maternal health care, and women's opportunities for employment. We are committed to ensuring the best quality healthcare and information for Senegalese communities facing different health challenges. We partner up with young people to improve awareness and prevention, empower youth and women for a good financial start in life, and ensure quality education for all, particularly girls and the socially marginalized.


In the position of Communications Assistant, and working under the supervision of the Deputy Program Director, the intern will provide support to Plan Senegal's grant and sponsorship departments, by improving the skills and quality involved in its communication through printed materials and internet web outreach. Some of the role's dimensions address fixed assets (such as equipment and furniture), the annual expense budget of the unit, as well as confidential information about special cases related to sponsored children.