CONFINTEA Research Scholarships 2018

Deadline: 31 May 2018
Open to: researchers and education professionals from UNESCO Member State
Scholarship: fully funded


In September 2018, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer at least three CONFINTEA Research Scholarships for a period of one month each to researchers from the UNESCO Member States and/or Associate Member States.

Prospective scholars will be able to benefit from using UIL’s knowledge base and resources for their research in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy, and non-formal basic education.

Since the UIL Research Scholarship Programme was launched in 2012, 48 scholars have taken part. Participants are selected based on their potential to produce articles, research papers, programme tools or policies that can be shared with decision-makers and that will have an impact on the education sector in their home countries. UIL particularly welcomes applicants from the Global South.


Researchers and education professionals from the UNESCO Member States who work in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult education and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.

Participants are selected on the basis of their potential to produce:

  • policy proposals;
  • programme tools;
  • articles;
  • research papers

that can be shared with decision-makers in their home countries.


UIL will arrange and pay for health insurance, accommodation close to the Institute, and a return economy ticket to Hamburg, Germany, where the Institute is based. Additionally, scholars will receive a lump sum of EUR 500 contributing to other costs incurred before, during and after their research stay at UIL (such as visa costs, transport, and daily subsistence).

How to apply?

In order to apply, please submit the following:

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application by 31 May 2018 to UIL Research Scholarship Coordinator Ms Lisa Krolak, at

  • A covering letter;
  • A brief research proposal;
  • An up-to-date CV.

For more information, please visit the official web page.