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Nuclear Safety Essay Competition for Students and Early Career Professionals

Are you a student or young professional? Passionate and interested about nuclear safety? The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have the perfect opportunity for you!

Take part in the IAEA’s essay competition for a chance to be a youth panellist at the International Conference on a Decade of Progress after Fukushima-Daiichi: Building on the Lessons Learned to Further Strengthen Nuclear Safety, to be held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, from 8-12 November 2021. 

Eligibility and instructions

  • Students and young professionals taking part must be between 18 and 30 years old to take part in the competition. (Women and nationals from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply).
  • Submit an essay answering one of the questions pertaining to the topics in discussion at the conference, including the future of power generation and nuclear power; how stakeholders can build trust and demonstrate nuclear power is safer than ever; technological advancements relevant to safety; and increasing awareness for youth about opportunities in the nuclear industry.
  • Submissions must be in English and submitted in Microsoft Word and PDF format
  • Essay must be between 1000 and 2000 words.

Deadline to submit an essay is Saturday, 31 July 2021 at 11:59 P.M. (CET).Submissions must be sent to

The essay competition winners will be announced in August 2021 and finalists will be given a special acknowledgment in the conference President’s Report. The IAEA will provide financial support for the winners to travel to and participate in the conference.

United Nations Access to Space for All Initiative: Fellowship Programme for “Drop Tower Experiment Series (DropTES)”


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the Fellowship Programme “Drop Tower Experiment Series” aimed at contributing to the promotion of space education and research in microgravity around the world, particularly for the enhancement of relevant capacity-building activities in developing countries.

The fellowship is part of the Access to Space for All Initiative under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications and in close cooperation with the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Space Administration.

Important Instructions

The DropTES Fellowship Programme is open to research teams from research institutes, universities, and other public organizations that are located in Member States of the United Nations. Each team should consist of up to four Bachelor, Master and/or PhD students who must be endorsed by their academic supervisor (team leader).

The proposed experiment must be an integral part of the students’ syllabuses, that is, part of a Bachelor thesis, a Master thesis, a PhD thesis, or another form of research project associated with the applicants’ studies at their respective universities. The final approved number of team members will participate in the experiment series on site at the Bremen Drop Tower

Completed application documents of the letter of endorsement from the head of the entity and the  must be submitted to the DropTES Mission Application  must be submitted to UNOOSA by email to the following address:

Deadline for submission is 30 June 23:59 CET. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application by July 2021. View full details of the fellowship here.

“What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge

The Office for Disarmament Affairs has launched the “What if – Spesterra” Youth Video Challenge  that calls on young people across the globe to imagine a world without weapons of mass destruction, in which conventional arms are strictly regulated and resources are directed towards tangible social and economic benefits for people and the planet.

Making use of multimedia productions like short films, animations, documentaries, and music videos, young people around the globe are invited to showcase their vision of what the world would look like if we put people at the centre of our disarmament efforts to save lives and make our world a safer place.

Who can Participate?

The challenge is open to young people of all nationalities who are from the ages 18 to 24 years.

The person submitting the video (the entrant) must be actively involved in its making (for example either as a director, writer, camera person, editor, actor, coordinator, etc).

The video could be co-produced with a friend, colleague or partner (the second entrant) who is also between the ages 18 and 24 years.

Some of the video specifications include:

Video length must be a maximum of 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Video file size and file type:

  • Maximum file size: 100 MB
  • File type: AVI, MOV, MP4, OGG or WEBM

Language: Any language may be used for the video. If a language other than English is used, please provide the transcript (in the original language) of the script and onscreen text used in the video (to be used for translation). You may also provide an English translation of the transcript.

Style or form: Videos could be in any style or form (e.g., a short film, animation, documentary or a music video, or any combination).

Multiple entries (maximum three) are allowed if the content is different from one video to another.

Entries should be uploaded at before  July 2021.

For more information on the challenge view the link here

2021 Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched its seventh annual Global Media Competition. Its aim is to recognize fair and balanced reports that contribute to the elimination of xenophobia and discrimination against migrant workers and highlight the positive contributions migrants make to society.

This year, judges are particularly interested in coverage of the impact of COVID-19 on labour migration and fair recruitment, including those relating to migrant care workers. Stories about migrant domestic workers will also be viewed favourably, since this year marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO’s Domestic Workers Convention.

The competition is open to professional and student journalists and will be judged by a panel of international migration and journalism experts. The winning entries will be selected according to a range of criteria including creativity, accuracy, balance and the positive portrayal of labour migration, with a focus on the protection of migrants.

Three professional prizes and one student prize will be awarded. Winners can choose between a cash prize of USD1,200 in the professional category and USD500 in the student category, or a paid fellowship to participate in an online ITC-Turin fair recruitment or labour migration course in 2022.

How to Enter

  • Complete the online entry form as either a ‘professional’ or ‘student’ entrant.
  • You can submit your piece in the following formats: written press, photo essay, multimedia, podcast, video and/or radio.
  • Students are allowed to submit a published or unpublished media piece. 
  • The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2021 at 23:59 (CET). The winners will be announced in December 2021, ahead of International Migrants Day.

UCL Open: Environment Calls for Papers concerned with theme of Water

UCL Open: Environment invites submissions for a special issue focusing on Water and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Special Series will focus on SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land), but submissions on other SDGs are also welcome if they address topics regarding water.

Published by UCL Press, UCL Open: Environment is a new open access (OA) journal where high-impact multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research is published that showcases radical and critical thinking on real world problems, with the aim of benefitting humanity.


Papers should be strongly inter- or multi-disciplinary either in terms of the author’s skill sets or subject. Discussion and research papers are equally welcome.

Submissions should cover an examination of progress on SDGs viewed from the perspective of the global water cycle, whether the indicators, targets and evidence available to us all, and deliver a more balanced view of water and how it might be best managed in future, are also welcomed for submission.

Articles will be judged on the merit and scientific validity (sound scholarship) of the work and the journal is inviting submissions from any grade of researcher, at all career stages, including early career researchers, professionals, and senior scholars.

For more information or to enquire about submission:

Deadline for submissions: 30th November 2021

Contact the Editors at

One of the goals of the United Nations is to prepare future generations for careers in human rights, economic justice, and more. This means providing resources and funding for programs that give people essential experience and education. Often times, that takes the form of scholarships with the United Nations University, which represents the research and academic branch of the UN.There are also occasionally opportunities within the offices of the UN itself.

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Here are several scholarships and fellowships for your consideration:

The United Nations University Japan / PhD in Sustainability Science

The application deadline is 9 April. Offered by the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan, this scholarship is for those seeking the school’s PhD in Sustainability Science. It’s a three-year programme. To be eligible, applicants must be from developing countries and prove their need for financial aid. If you live in Japan under a working visa or are pursuing a second PhD at UNU-IAS, you will not be considered.

The United Nations University Iceland / The UNU Fisheries Training Programme

The application is currently closed. Please regularly check the original website for latest updates. The UNU Fisheries Training programme is a postgraduate programme offering training in a variety of areas related to the fisheries sector. The scholarship is available for former UNU-FTP fellows who are accepted into any Icelandic universities with graduate studies in fisheries. To be eligible, your studies at the UNU-FTP must count for a minimum of 24 ECTS towards the post-graduate degree, and your proposed thesis or dissertation must be related to fisheries in your home country.

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research / Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme

The application deadlines are in March and September every year. Applications open one month before the deadline. This programme provides registered doctoral students with assistance at UNU-WIDER as they work towards a PhD dissertation (or thesis) on developing economics. During the three months at Helsinki, where UNU-WIDER is located, programme fellows write at least one research paper and present a seminar. If accepted, the fellow gets a travel grant that covers the journey from their institute, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner / Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent

The application deadline is 22 March 2020. This fellowship programme is offered to anyone of African descent living in the diaspora. They must have at least four years of work experience relevant to the rights of people of African descent and a good knowledge of English. If accepted, fellows travel to Geneva and gain valuable experience working and learning about issues facing those of African descent. The programme includes a monthly stipend and basic health insurance.

Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs / International Law Fellowship Programme

The application deadline was 24 February. The International Law Fellowship Programme is designed to help professionals (especially international law teachers and government officials from developing countries) learn more about the United Nations’ legal work. Eligible candidates for this Netherlands-based programme will have a legal background as well as experience working in international law. If you are one of the 21 fellows accepted, the scholarship will cover travel costs, accomodation, insurance, the registration fee for The Hague Academy of International law, training materials, and participation in the programme. Fellows also get a stipend to cover additional living expenses. The programme is held in the English language.

Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace

The Master’s Degree in the United Nations and the Art of Peace focuses on 70 years of UN action in peace-making, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Students will develop a deep understanding of the UN’s role in international peace and will benefit from the experience of UN professionals and academic experts on the UN, international relations, and peace studies. Built on the experiences and expertise developed by UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University, this degree explores the different facets of the actions undertaken in the international field to promote, preserve and defend peace; giving students the in-depth understanding necessary to examine and assess the process of building, promoting and preserving peace worldwide.

United Nations University Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants. Scholarship opportunities vary for each degree programme and requests should be submitted with the programme application documents. For more information about the scholarships available for a specific programme, please visit the UNU institute website associated with the programme. If you have more detailed questions, please contact the focal point for the degree programme directly. Contact information for each programme is located on the programme description page.

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