UNA-USA Fellowship Initiative

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.

Application coming soon!

About the Program

The UNA-USA Fellowship is designed to increase the pool of American students applying for and receiving internships at the United Nations. The fellowship is available to seniors and recent graduates from accredited colleges and universities, with particular emphasis on supporting the needs of individuals from underresourced and underrepresented groups including students attending HBCUs.

Prospective candidates are advised to submit an application to UNA-USA within four months of starting an internship.  Once accepted, participants will receive a stipend for up to four months to cover the living expenses during internship.

As a prerequisite, candidates must apply for and be accepted into an official UN internship. Details on these opportunities can be found on United Nations Careers. Family members of UN Staff, UN Foundation Staff, and UNA-USA staff are not eligible for this opportunity.

Fellowship Inquiry Form


UNA-USA Fellowships enhance the UN internship experience through:

  • Online networking to meet individuals from the field and expand knowledge about pathways to careers
  • Complimentary one-year UNA-USA membership, including access to Summits at the UN and in Washington, D.C., webcasts and career symposiums
  • Engagement opportunities with UN officials, lawmakers, community leaders, young professionals, and so many others, to delve into the lifesaving work of the UN and its agencies
  • Opportunities to publish blogs and articles about the UN internship experience

Application Coming Soon


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 twolfe@unausa.org for any questions regarding the UNA-USA Fellowship. To become a partner, please fill out the form below.

Become a Sponsor



Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

To be eligible for this program, must I already have an internship with the United Nations or an approved agency?

  • Yes, you must have an internship with the United Nations or an approved agency and be able to produce proof of internship.

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.

Are the funds issued by UNA-USA restricted or can I use them to cover expenses associated with housing, commuting, food etc.?

  • You may use the funds as you see fit to offset expenses associated with your internship.

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.


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