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Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in USA 2021

The University of Pennsylvania in the USA is inviting applications for its Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship in the 2021/2022 academic session.

The International Educational Development master’s degree program (IEDP) gets students ready with unique skills for working in the discipline of education in developing and side-lined contexts globally. A crucial element is their international internship, where candidates acquire on-the-ground experience in educational growth.

Working in the discipline of educational development in the 21st century needs a comprehension of the complex interrelations between local and international political, economic, and cultural subtleties. In the International Educational Development program, you will utilize the program’s strong interdisciplinary backgrounds to examine the interaction of these dynamics and their effect on education systems that serve politically and economically side-lined populations globally.

Penn GSE provides up to two full tuition International Fellowship programs under the Penn GSE–UNESCO Chair, established in 2012. The Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship, under the backings of the International Educational Development program, is structured to support talented professionals committed to foreign education in the developing world.

Application Deadline


Entry term(s)


Course requirements

10 courses & portfolio (5 core; 5 electives)

Typical course load

Autumn: 4 courses; Spring: 4 courses; Summer: internship; Autumn: 2 courses

Research apprenticeship: 12-week international internship

Culminating experience Portfolio

Length of master’s degree program: 12-15 months (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

Dual degree options

  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)


Juniors and seniors at the university can put in to up to 3 IEDP courses via their submatriculation program


  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time


The International Educational Development Program (IEDP) offers candidates unique skills, understanding, and qualities in the area of international educational development, with a particular concentration on low and middle-income nations. This is a discipline that needs strong interdisciplinary backgrounds, and the program concentrates not only on education, but also on the interaction of politics, economics, and culture.
Students examine issues such as:

  • early childhood education
  • human rights
  • language policy
  • learning and instruction
  • migration
  • non-profit leadership and management
  • public health
  • teacher professional development and curriculum design
  • technology for development

IEDP’s rigorous foreign internship experience enables candidates to apply their academic aptitude to policy and practice, as they carry out practical, on-the-ground work with establishments like UNICEF, UNESCO, the Aga Khan Foundation, the Research Triangle Institute, and other establishments.

Worth of Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

  • The Fellowship program provides all Penn tuition (up to 10 course units) linked with the master’s degree program of study.
  • The Fellowship program does not provide other expenses linked with attending graduate school, like room and board, health insurance, books, travel, etc.

Eligibility for Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

  • Priority will be afforded to candidates who are nationals of nations defined by the World Bank as low-income and lower-middle-income nations.
  • Naturalized U.S. nationals and permanent residents who come from low-income and lower-middle-income nations (i.e., were given birth to in one of these nations and whose parents are not U.S. nationals) may also apply.

How to Apply for Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania

  • Interested individuals should first fill out a program application to Penn GSE’s International Education Development Master’s degree program.
  • Once this application is finished and under evaluation, interested individuals should fill out the Penn GSE-UNESCO Fellowship award application. Penn GSE usually publicizes the UNESCO Fellowship award(s) by mid-May, before the start of the next academic session.

If you face any barriers to applying for the program please contact Lauren Scicluna, [email protected]

Additional offering

  • They also offer a doctoral concentration in International Educational Development 

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Deadline: If you are applying between September 1 and March 1, the $75 application fee is automatically waived.

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