Call for Applications: CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme 2015

In October 2015 the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer six CONFINTEA Fellowships for a period of one month each to government officials or representatives of civil society organisations working in decisive positions within the field of adult learning and education (ALE) in UNESCO Member States (particularly from the global South). UIL is an international non-profit research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre. It promotes lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education. The CONFINTEA Fellowship programme was launched in 2011 and since then a total of sixteen fellows from fifteen Member States have taken part in the programme. Participants are selected on the basis of their potential to put into practice a national strategy for the implementation of substantive elements of the Belém Framework for Action (BFA) in their countries. Producing such a draft national strategy for each of the participating countries is the key expected output of the programme. Prospective CONFINTEA fellows will benefit from UIL’s knowledge base and resources for their work in drafting a national strategy. Additionally a number of field visits to selected ALE institutions will be provided. UIL will provide each fellow with a fully equipped and networked computer workplace and access to its resources, in particular its unique library. With 55,000 books, documents, non-print media and periodicals in adult education, literacy, non-formal education and lifelong learning, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world. Opened in 1952 by the UNESCO Institute for Education, it comprises English language materials (some 60% of the collection), as well as publications in French, Spanish, German and a variety of other languages. Fellows will also have the opportunity to exchange knowledge with other fellows, UIL staff and its external partners. The CONFINTEA Fellows will work with input and assistance from UIL staff, but should be prepared to work under their own initiative for a good deal of time. They will be expected to present the  strategy they have drafted at UIL for discussion at a concluding seminar, and to report continuously on follow-up activities and results with regard to implementation of the final strategy. UIL will arrange and pay for suitable accommodation close to the Institute, health insurance and a return (air) ticket (economy fare). Additionally, a lump sum contributing to other costs before, during and after the research stay at UIL (such as visa costs, transportation, daily food, etc.) will be paid upon arrival. In order to apply, interested candidates are asked to submit the following:
  • a current résumé/CV
  • an explanation of her/his function within the national educational or ALE structures
  • an outline of the draft national strategy to be developed during the programme, including precise reference to the element(s) of the Belém Framework for Action to be addressed through the strategy
Please submit your application by 30 June 2015: E-mail applications should be sent to the CONFINTEA Fellowship focal point, Ms Angela Owusu-Boampong at For further information please contact Ms Angela Owusu-Boampong or consult the UIL website