UNANY Summer Scholars 2017 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 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 three fellowships awarded for 2017 are situated in Laos, Turkey and Vietnam, and are UNA-NY collaborations with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Plan International. 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
- 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 2017.
- 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.
LAOS | Sexual and Reproductive Health Program
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 program based in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
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 Lao PDR Country Office during the summer of 2017.
Overview: The UNFPA Internship Program offers a small group of outstanding students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNFPA operations. It is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of UNFPA work. Applicants should have expressed interest in the field of development and sexual and reproductive health (SRH); ability to adapt to new environments and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
The intern will provide administrative and logistical support to the work of the SRH team of UNFPA Lao PDR. Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative and direct supervision of the SRH coordinator, the intern will provide support to activities under the SRH work plan. Tasks and responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): acquiring basic knowledge of UNFPA programs and operations and providing overall support to the SRH team; supporting the Ministry of Health in developing youth service guidelines; supporting coordination and administration of adolescent research network (including website) as well as coordinating of the youth reference group and youth platforms.
TURKEY | Sexual and Reproductive Health Program
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 program situated in the UNFPA East Europe & Central Asia Regional Office, located in Istanbul, during the summer of 2017.
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 opportunity will be under the overall guidance/supervision of an UNFPA SRH Advisor, in close consultation with the SRH Program Specialist located in the EECA regional office.
Overview: The purpose of the internship is to assist the regional office in new areas of SRH program, focused on priorities for the implementation of the SDGs. Duties covered in particular: a) the compilation and analysis of documents (technical papers, workshop reports, country and regional strategic action plans) related to SRH program areas; b) development of the program proposals and concept notes; and c) assisting EECA SRH team in facilitation of the regional working groups and thematic alliances managed by EECARO.
The intern's tasks and responsibilities will include (but are not limited to): analyzing SRH documents, technical papers and reports produced by international experts, to assist development of SRH regional communication and advocacy materials, contributing to the regional knowledge platform establishment and providing inputs for knowledge sharing efforts of SRH team; assisting the SRH advisor in coordinating EECA technical working groups, women's SRH cluster actions and thematic alliances; as well as other duties with the respect to the humanitarian program in EECA.
VIETNAM | Sponsorship Programs and Communications
This three-month summer fellowship, in collaboration with Plan International, as a part of Plan's outreach to assist improvements in the quality of life of deprived and marginalized children in Vietnam.
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 operated in Vietnam since 1993, helping children access their rights to health, education, and a higher quality of living, especially in the mountainous regions and within ethnic minority communities. Plan Vietnam's country office is located in Hanoi, with local offices in 11 provinces across the North and Central Vietnam. As one the largest nongovernmental organizations working in the country, Plan Vietnam promotes childhood care and development, violence protection, building relationships, and disaster risk management in the hard-to-reach areas of the country. Since June 2015, Plan International sponsors 40,000 children in Vietnam.
The internship is specifically designed to support technical work at the Hanoi Country Office, and working under the Program Support Manager, the intern is expected to assist the technical team in the refinement of the existing monitoring and evaluation framework for the technical programs. Specifically, the intern will be responsible for: contributing to the strengthening of the technical sector of the strategy by assisting with the establishment of a Program Fact Sheet of key program interventions; assisting the technical team on how to gather primary and secondary data for any design of programs and projects; and assisting the technical team with a resource database of available technical program material to support field based staff. There will also be program monitoring, evaluation and reporting for educational purposes.