UNU Junior Fellows Internship 2024 | Stipends Available

The UNU Junior Fellows Internship 2024 is now open for application. For over four decades, the United Nations University (UNU) has been at the forefront of generating impartial research aimed at addressing the world’s most pressing challenges.

UNU Junior Fellows Internship 2024
UNU Junior Fellows Internship 2024

With a global network of more than 400 researchers spanning across 13 countries, UNU’s work is dedicated to advancing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations. From human survival to conflict prevention, development, and welfare, UNU’s contributions have been instrumental in fostering positive global change.

Junior Fellows Internship Programme – Details

The Junior Fellows Internship Programme at the Office of the Rector presents a unique opportunity for highly qualified graduate students and young professionals to immerse themselves in the work of the United Nations.

Twice a year, UNU opens its doors to aspiring individuals who are passionate about contributing to the UN’s mission. Through a rigorous and competitive application process, Junior Fellows are selected to join the UNU headquarters in Tokyo, where they engage in meaningful work that spans various areas of focus.

Programme Objectives

The Junior Fellows Internship Programme aims to:

  • Promote interaction and dialogue among young scholars and professionals.
  • Familiarize Junior Fellows with the activities of the Office of the Rector and the broader work of UNU.
  • Provide hands-on experience within a UN agency.
  • Expose participants to administrative working environments.


UNU offers a stipend to support basic living costs. This stipend is especially beneficial for interns who do not receive financial support from other sources.

The amount of the stipend is determined based on the duty station and is paid out monthly, providing interns with the financial stability they need to focus on their internship experience.


Junior Fellows play a crucial role in supporting the work of the Office of the Rector. From administrative tasks to research and communication, interns contribute to ongoing initiatives that contribute to the overall mission of UNU. Responsibilities may include:

  • Administrative research
  • Writing for institutional development.
  • Planning and project management support.
  • Event coordination, both in-person and online.
  • Meeting coordination and minute-taking.
  • Editorial support
  • Communication, including newsletter preparation and dissemination.


Participation in the Junior Fellows Internship Programme equips individuals with a range of competencies essential for success in the field. These include:

  • Inclusion: Creating an environment of dignity and respect for all.
  • Integrity: Acting ethically and demonstrating standards of conduct.
  • Humility: Being self-aware and willing to learn from others.
  • Humanity: Acting in alignment with the goals of the United Nations.
  • Connect and Collaborate: Building positive relationships and working coherently.
  • Analyse and Plan: Using data to inform decision-making and propose solutions.
  • Deliver Results with Positive Impact: Holding oneself accountable for making a difference.
  • Learn and Develop: Pursuing personal and professional growth.
  • Adapt and Innovate: Demonstrating flexibility and agility in problem-solving.


Candidates for the Junior Fellows Internship Programme must meet specific qualifications to be considered. These include:

  • Pursuing or recently completing postgraduate studies.
  • Age under 32 years at the time of application.
  • Limited work experience in the related field.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships.
  • Resourcefulness and creativity in problem-solving.
  • Advanced computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications.
  • Demonstrated interest in the work of the United Nations and UNU.

Application Process:

The application process for the Junior Fellows Internship Programme is conducted in three stages:

Successful applicants are required to sign an Agreement Form and begin the process of obtaining a Japanese visa, if necessary.

For more information, visit the official website at https://careers.unu.edu/o/junior-fellows-internship-fall2024

Application Deadline:

10th May 2024.



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