The United Nations University IO-MBA Fellowship for Developing Countries (Full-Tuition)

The United Nations University (UNU) Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: MBA
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: University of Geneva
Country to Study in: Switzerland

Scholarship Description
The University of Geneva will offer the UNU fellowships for international students intending to enroll for the International Organizations MBA Programme (IO-MBA).

The University of Geneva and United Nations University (UNU) share a strong commitment to enhancing the capacity of individuals and institutions in developing countries. To demonstrate its commitment to the UNU’s capacity-development focus, the University of Geneva grants this fellowship to cover full tuition for a qualified candidate. This only covers for tuition fees and no other expense.

The UNU Fellowship is reserved for mid-career professionals from developing countries, who would be expected to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in promoting the socio-economic development of their own and other developing countries.

This scholarship is reserved for nationals of developing countries and is only given to first round applicants (by the 15 November deadline).

UNU fellows will be mid-career professionals from developing countries (minimum 3 years relevant work experience in developing countries), who would be expected to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in promoting the socio-economic development of their own and other developing countries.

Scholarships are based on a combination of academic merit, financial need, and availability of funds.

Given the unique nature of the IO-MBA program, and its small class size, successful applicants to the programme are expected to have:
  • An undergraduate degree and demonstrated intellectual capacity. A good undergraduate degree from a university recognized as equivalent to the standard of the University of Geneva is required.
  • Professional experience and management potential. Participants are expected to have a high level of maturity and leadership ability, as demonstrated by their work experience. The contribution of participants from diverse career paths is crucial to the success of the programme.
  • International exposure and communication skills. The International Organizations MBA prepares alumni for international jobs anywhere in the world. Accordingly, we seek applicants with proven ability to excel in a multicultural setting and with proven fluency in English.
Eligible groups
Citizens of developing countries

Participating Institutions
University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Fields of study
The International Organizations MBA programme is designed for individuals who aspire to a managerial position in an IO, NGO, or Social Enterprise, and for existing managers who wish to enhance their skills with a view to taking on greater responsibility in their own organization

Number of awards
One fellowship is offered to a qualified candidate.
(The IO-MBA also offers several partial scholarships to outstanding students who did not qualify for the UNU Fellowship. This may vary every year. Please check directly with the scholarship provider).

Scholarship benefits
The fellowship is worth 5’000CHF. It covers full tuition, but Fellows need to fund their living expenses in Geneva throughout the academic part of the programme

Method of Application
Candidates who wish to be considered for the IO-MBA UNU Fellowship or an IO-MBA Merit Scholarship should submit their completed application by the 15 November applications deadline. No other application process is necessary to be considered for these awards; please just indicate on your online application your eligibility (must be from a developing country) and wish to be considered, and the UNU will do the rest.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official scholarshipwebsite (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship programme.

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must apply by 15 November for study in September the next year.

Applications for the IO-MBA full-time 2017-2018 will open in September 2016. Deadline for the 2017-2018 academic session is 15 November 2016

In light of the limited number of places available on the programme, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they have decided to apply.

The University of Geneva (or, Université de Genève) is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin as a theological seminary and law school. It remained focused on theology until the 17th century, when it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship. In 1873, it dropped its religious affiliations and became officially secular. Today, the university is the second-largest university in Switzerland by number of students.

The United Nations University (UNU), established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with diplomatic status as a UN institution. Since 2010, UNU has been authorized by the UN General Assembly to grant degrees. It also provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic, policy-making and private sector communities.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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