Join a Fellowship Program that’s Changing the World

On October 24th, 2022, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced an exciting new initiative: the UNA-USA Fellowship. A first-of-its-kind scholarship, it provides financial support for American undergraduates and recent graduates who have secured unpaid internships with the United Nations.


If you are in the process of applying for a UN internship, please explore eligibility requirements for our new UNA-USA Fellowship by reviewing the FAQ below. Recognizing American undergraduates and recent grads in unpaid internships with the UN, this initiative aims to offset your internship expenses so you can keep on making the world a better place.

And because we’re committed to reflecting the rich diversity of the global audiences we serve, we’re especially excited to welcome individuals from underrepresented communities and HBCUs.

Fellowship Inquiry Form

Other Perks Include

UNA-USA Fellowships enhance the UN internship experience through:

  • Online networking with individuals from the field to broaden knowledge and career pathways
  • Free one-year UNA-USA membership, including access to webcasts, career symposiums, and summits at the UN and in Washington, DC
  • Engagement with UN officials, policymakers, and activists to learn more about the work of the UN and its agencies
  • Opportunities to publish your experience with the UN



Our Sponsors

The UNA-USA Fellowship is made possible by its partners, Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt that identifies exceptional people and looks for hidden brilliance around the world to solve the hardest problems in science and society, and the Eleanor Crook Foundation.

UNA-USA welcomes additional partners that want to sustain the program and grow a pipeline of Americans with new and different perspectives and fresh ideas at the United Nations.

Please contact Mr. Troy Wolfe, Senior Director, Partnerships & Special Initiatives at for any questions regarding the UNA-USA Fellowship. To become a partner, please fill out the form below.

Become a Sponsor



Nuts & Bolts

We encourage you to apply for the fellowship during your UN application process. UNA-USA reserves the right to review applicants following confirmation of internship and makes no guarantee that an applicant will receive a fellowship. Awards are based on eligibility requirements and the availability of funding. And while there’s no hard deadline, we encourage you to apply at least four months prior to the start of your internship program. Once accepted as a fellow, you’ll receive a stipend to cover up to four months of living expenses during the internship. And yes; that means any living expenses – from utilities and rent to food and transportation. All stipends are yours to spend at your own discretion.


Frequently Asked Questions

Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply?

  • Yes, this fellowship is open only to U.S. citizens.

Can I apply if I am a Junior?

  • While the program seeks to support students in their final year of school or recent graduates, if an applicant is within their junior year, and they have already registered and been confirmed for an internship in their senior year, they may apply.

What requirements does UNA-USA have of each participant?

  • Participants must comply with the rules and regulations associated with their internship. Additionally, interns receiving funds from UNA-USA are required to participate in surveys, workshops, publish at least one blog on their experience, and participate in additional UNA-USA fellowship programming, such as career workshops.

What is the maximum amount of the stipend?

  • The maximum award is up to $3000 per month, for up to four months, for full time internships; up to $1500 per month, for up to four months, for part time internships.

Can I apply for the fellowship if I have already started my internship?

  • No,  applicants who have already started their internship with the United Nations are not eligible for this fellowship. We encourage applicants to apply following confirmation of the internship with the UN, and prior to the start date of the internship.

Who is eligible to apply for the UNA-USA Fellowship?

  • The UNA-USA Fellowship is open to college students in their final year of undergraduate studies, graduates within one year of graduation, and first year master’s candidates.

Will I be notified when my application is received by your office?

  • Yes. We aim to notify each applicant within a minimum of two days.

When will I be notified about the status of my application?

  • We aim to notify applicants within one week of submitting the application.

If my internship is longer than four months, how will my stipend be dispensed over the course of my fellowship?

  • The UNA-USA Fellowship is awarded based on financial need and only available for up to 4 months.

What qualifies as a UN internship?

  • To be eligible for funding under the UNA-USA Fellowship, the applicant must have confirmation of assignment with a recognized UN agency. Please see sample list here and note that the list is not comprehensive.

Is the UNA-USA fellowship hybrid or fully remote?

  • Depending on the location of the internship, activities associated with the UNA-USA Fellowship may be remote or hybrid.

Will I have to participate in any in-person workshops, gatherings, or events?

  • UNA-USA Fellows living in New York City and Washington, DC will be provided the opportunity to participate in in-person events.




Caveats & Conditions

Disclaimer – Stipends for the UNA-USA Fellowship are not guaranteed and are based on the availability of funding.

This is a competitive process, so not all candidates who apply will receive funding. That’s why it’s essential to apply early and reach out if you have any questions. Additionally, this program is only available to UN interns with U.S. citizenship. Family members of UN staff, UN Foundation staff, and UNA-USA staff are not eligible to apply.

Fellows must also comply with any rules associated with their internship, participate in periodic surveys and workshops, and publish at least one blog on their experience. Fellows are also asked to help us spread the word about the program through career workshops and other occasional gatherings.

Learn more about internship opportunities at United Nations Careers.

If you have an additional question, please submit an inquiry to UNA-USA using the Fellowship Inquiry Form.