Three types of financial support are available through UNITAR:
Two types of tuition fees discounts exist:
- the UN Volunteer discount
- the Least Developed Countries discount
To be eligible for the UN Volunteer discount, candidates must currently be UN volunteers and must provide a proof of status in their application. All UNVs are automatically granted the tuition fees discount.
To be eligible for the Least Developed Countries discount, candidates must be citizens from a country included in the list of Least Developed Countries compiled by the United Nations (click here for the list of recognised LDCs). All candidates from LDCs will automatically be considered for the discount as long as they submit their application on time.
If you come from a developing country which is not listed above, you are not eligible for the LDC tuition fees discount. Likewise, the following applicants are not eligible for the discount:
- Individuals with dual nationalities one of which is not from a LDC;
- International UN staff and international staff from international organisations;
- Individuals with the means to afford the normal tuition fees.
The tuition fees to be paid by the applicant are decided by the Selection Committee in line with the criteria set herein. Applicants may be asked to submit additional documents to justify their status including their UN index number, proof of income, etc. As of 2014, the discount is of US$2,000, putting the tuition fees at US$9,400. Fees may change depending on the exchange rate.
Scholarships may be available on a very competitive basis. UNITAR does not possess its own funds to support students but makes every effort to raise funds from donors and sponsors. All scholarships available are listed below and if you want to be considered for a scholarship, you must tick the relevant box during the pre-registration process on our website. For the Fall Semester 2014, the scholarships listed below are available. Depending on the number of applications and donor support, additional scholarships may be offered.
- Two Outstanding Peacekeeper Scholarships
These scholarships are available on a very competitive basis for staffs deployed in a United Nations peace operation (including UN Volunteers, seconded staff, AU staff, etc.) and contributing in any capacity: DDR, security, gender, policing, human rights, protection, etc. International staff are not eligible. Recipients will benefit from a 50% discount on the full tuition fees, the equivalent of USD 5,700. Recipients may pay the remaining fees (USD 5,700) in up to three instalments.
- Two Outstanding Peacebuilder Scholarships
These scholarships are available on a very competitive basis for individuals engaged in peacebuilding at any level (international, regional, national or local). Peacebuilding is here defined broadly to include all professional or voluntary activities that contribute to the establishment of long-lasting peace including conflict management, early warning, peace education, development assistance, humanitarian work, etc. Recipients will benefit from a 50% discount on the full tuition fees, the equivalent of USD 5,700. Recipients may pay the remaining fees (USD 5,700) in up to three instalments.
The following criteria are used by UNITAR to rank applications and award the Outstanding Peacekeeper Scholarships and Outstanding Peacebuilder Scholarships:
- Proven ability to implement activities related to peace and conflict management in a conflict or post-conflict context;
- Relevance of degree for career advancement and professional performance;
- Citizenship of a developing country;
- Low financial resources;
- No previous studies at the graduate level;
- Years of relevant professional experience;
- Academic excellence at the high school and undergraduate levels.
In case of equal qualifications, female applicants and applicants from LDCs will be considered preferably. Decisions for the award of the scholarships will be made upon review of all applications and will be communicated by Selection Committee by e-mail to all applicants within 45 days following the deadline for applications. For example, if the deadline is 01 July 2014, the decision will be sent to you by e-mail before 15 August 2014, even though you may have applied in February 2014. In general, decisions are sent before the end of January for the Spring intake and before mid-August for the Fall intake. UNITAR reserves the right not to award scholarships in the absence of sufficiently qualified applicants.
Any applicant may request to pay tuition fees in instalments. UNITAR provides the possibility to pay in three instalments over a period of 10 months. If the applicant fails to pay any of these instalments, his or her registration on the programme will be suspended until the instalment has been received. In all cases, no certificate, diploma or degree will be delivered by UNITAR or UOC until all fees have been paid.
In 2014, the full cost of the Master’s degree is US$11,400. The first instalment of US$6,000 is due before the start of the programme, the second payment of US$3,000 is due approximately five months later and the third payment of US$2,400 is due approximately ten months from the date of the first instalment.
For recipients of a tuition fees discount for LDCs, the first instalment of US$ 6,000 is due before the start of the programme, the second payment of US$2,000 is due approximately five months later and the third payment of US$1,300 is due approximately ten months from the date of the first instalment.
For United Nations Volunteers, the first instalment of US$ 5,500 is due before the start of the programme, the second payment of US$1,500 is due approximately five months later and the third payment of US$1,400 is due approximately ten months from the date of the first instalment.
The tables below summarises the amount to be paid for each instalment: