Join a Fellowship Program that’s Changing the World

A first-of-its-kind scholarship, it provides financial support for American undergraduates, undergraduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within one year of graduation, and first year master’s students who have secured unpaid internships with the United Nations.

Calling All Prospective UN Interns

Recognizing American undergraduates, undergraduates who have received their bachelor’s degree within one year of graduation, and first year master’s candidates pursuing unpaid internships with the UN, this initiative aims to offset your internship expenses so you can keep on making the world a better place.

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 expense – from utilities and rent to food and transportation. All stipends are yours to spend at your own discretion.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be an undergraduate senior, an undergraduate who has received their bachelor’s degree within one year of graduation (recent graduate), or a first-year master’s student
  • Must be affiliated with an accredited institution from the United States of America and within the United States of America.  Applicants are deemed ineligible if they are attending a university outside of the United States, or have received a degree from a foreign college
  • Must secure an unpaid internship with the UN or its affiliated agencies PRIOR to applying for the fellowship
  • Must demonstrate financial need


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply if I am a Junior?

  • You may apply in your junior year if your internship with the United Nations, or one of its agencies, is taking place in your senior year..

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.

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.

If my internship with the United Nations is remote, do I still quality for this fellowship?

  • No. While we understand that there are living expenses associated with remote work, the UNA-USA Fellowship is established to support in-person opportunities only.

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.

Can I receive the fellowship more than once?

  • No. You can only receive the fellowship ONCE; if you apply and are selected to become a fellow for that calendar year, then you are no longer eligible to apply for the fellowship in subsequent years.



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.