Fully Funded United Nations Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship - Switzerland

Fully Funded United Nations Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship - Switzerland


The importance of engaging youth voices in global discussions, particularly concerning the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), cannot be overstated. Recognizing this, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in Geneva, in collaboration with key international partners, is proud to announce the Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship. This fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of biosecurity leaders from the Global South to participate in online interactive training and a field visit in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the Fellowship

The Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship is designed to integrate youth perspectives into multilateral discussions within the framework of the BWC. Launched in 2019 as the Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop, the initiative has evolved to provide a comprehensive learning and networking experience. In 2023, the fellowship hosted its inaugural session, and it continues to expand its reach.

Objectives of the Fellowship

The fellowship aims to:

  • Learn & Lead: Deepen participants’ expertise in biosecurity and disarmament to cultivate leadership skills.

  • Think & Act: Engage in discussions with senior experts and contribute to multilateral disarmament meetings.

  • Engage with Community: Connect with peers, join an international youth network, and foster dialogue between young
    scientists and BWC practitioners.

    Eligibility and Application

    Prospective fellows must:

  • Be under the age of 35.

  • Be citizens of low- or middle-income BWC State Parties.

  • Hold an advanced degree in life sciences or related fields.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Program Overview

    The fellowship spans three months and includes:

  • An Online Biosecurity Diplomacy Workshop (June 5 – July 5, 2024).

  • Collaborative projects and online briefings in July/August 2024.

  • A five-day field visit to Geneva (August 19 – 23, 2024) during BWC Working Group meetings.
    Fellowship Benefits

    Fellows will receive:

  • Fully funded travel to Geneva.

  • Mentorship from leading experts.

  • Networking opportunities.

  • Membership in a growing network of biosecurity professionals.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Fully Funded United Nations Youth for Biosecurity Fellowship - Switzerland

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