UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-Sponsored Fellowship Programme for Undergraduate Students from Developing Countries

UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

Course(s) Offered: Agric-related, Environmental-related
Course Level: Undergraduate fellowship
Provider: UNESCO, Government of Sri Lanka
Country to Study in: Sri Lanka

Scholarship Description
The Government of Sri Lanka has placed at disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2018-2019, under the co-sponsorship with UNESCO, the UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2018-2019 for selected students from 18 least developed countries to pursue undergraduate studies in Sri Lanka.

Beneficiaries of these two fellowships will undertake their first year of study, which will commence in November 2018, under the scheme of UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-sponsored Fellowships Programme. From the second year until the completion of the study programme, the fellows will be sponsored solely by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Government Scholarship Scheme. The medium of instruction of the courses will be in English.

The UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2018-2019 aims to enhance the strategic objective of UNESCO and promote the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 Agenda.

UNESCO/Sri Lanka Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

Eligibility include:
  • Candidates must have impressive results at an examination deemed equivalent to G.C.E. (Advanced Level) Examination of Sri Lanka or qualifications required for admission to a university in their home country to follow a bachelor’s degree. All required passes should be obtained in one and the same sitting under a recognized Board of Examinations subject to the rules set out by the Education Authority of the country concerned. 
  • English proficiency is required. 
  • Between 18-25 years of age as of 16. 04.2018. 
  • Be in good health. 
Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Gambia, Kiribati , Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands , South Sudan , Sudan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia

Participating Institutions
Accredited institutions in Sri Lanka - see Fields of study below

Fields of study
Programmes of Study:
  • BSc in Agricultural Technology and Management, University of Peradeniya (4 year) 
  • BSc in Environmental Conservation and Management in the direction of Climate Change Studies, University of Kelaniya (3 year)
Number of awards
Two (2) fellowships

Sponsorship duration
See 'Fields of study' above

Scholarship benefits
A). Facilities offered by the Government of Sri Lanka:
  • Exemption from paying tuition and registration fees for the entire duration of the study programme;
  • A monthly living allowance of LKR 10,000 (ten thousand Sri Lanka rupees) during the first year of study to cover expenses related to food and accommodation;
  • Free-of-charge medical facilities at government hospitals other than dental related diseases;
  • An advisor or study director from the host institution to supervise the studies of the beneficiaries; and
  • Visa on gratis basis for the entry to Sri Lanka
* From the second year until the end of the study programme, the fellows will be solely sponsored by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Government Scholarship Scheme, and the fellows will be offered a monthly living allowance of LKR 30,000 (thirty thousand Sri Lanka rupees) and a one-way ticket from Sri Lanka to their home country after the successful completion of their study.

B). Facilities offered by UNESCO
  • The expense of a round-trip international travel to and from Sri Lanka for the academic year 2018-2019;
  • A one-time allowance of US$ 350 (three hundred and fifty US dollars), which will be paid prior to the fellow’s departure to Sri Lanka, to cover their immediate expense in Sri Lanka;
  • A monthly allowance of US$ 150 (one hundred and fifty US dollars) for eleven (11) months; and
  • A termination allowance of US$ 200 (two hundred US dollars) to cover excess luggage charges at the time of return to home country.
C). Visa
All international students going to study in Sri Lanka are required to obtain their visa from the Embassy or Consulate of Sri Lanka in their country before their departure to Sri Lanka. In exceptional cases, visa may be given upon arrival at the airport of Sri Lanka with valid documents issued by the authorities in Sri Lanka. Fellows are recommended to start their visa application at least one month before their departure. Selected candidates will be duly informed of the procedures of visa application after awarded.

Method of Application
All applications must be prepared in English. Documents in languages other than English must be attached with notarized English translations.

All applications must be endorsed and channelled through relevant government bodies (National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO). Applicants should consult the National Commission for UNESCO of their home countries in advance about the specific procedures of application at the national level. Click here for the information to contact the National Commissions for UNESCO in your country.

It is important to read the 2018-19 Announcement Letter, and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete details on the Application process for this Programme before you begin to apply

Letters of endorsement and the hard copies of all application documents should be addressed in duplicate to Mr Stoyan Bantchev, Chief of the Participation Programme and Fellowships Section, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France and reach UNESCO imperatively by 09 July 2018 at the latest. An advanced copy of the application documents should be sent as early as possible by email to s.bantchev(at)unesco.org and b.qin(at)unesco.org.

Candidates who do not receive the result of their application by 31 September 2018 should consider that their applications are rejected.

Application Deadline: 9 July 2018
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Selected Countries)

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