Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South

The Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) at Vienna in partnership with 28 organisations whose work contribute to disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related issues. A total of 140 scholarships are made available to facilitate participation of women from the Global South at the training courses.

What is the Women Scholarship for Peace?

  • A Women Scholarship for Peace entails financial support for an early career woman from the Global South to take training courses about peace and development-related areas.
  • A total of 140 scholarships are available, covering all costs of registration and participation at the training courses.
  • Training courses have started on 28 October 2016 for: Asia/Pacific, Africa and Middle East (105 scholarships)
  • Applications for national from Latin America and the Caribbean are open from 18 November to 11 December 2016 (35 scholarships available)

What is unique about this training programme?

1.  Dual learning modality: both in-person and online training.
2.  Participants will obtain a certificate from the UN mandated University for Peace (UPEACE). They have the possibility to with possibility to obtain a diploma carrying university credits.
3.  The training courses are developed directly by the DNP Education partners, delivering to students first-hand information from some major international organisations, under the coordination of the UNODA Office at Vienna and will be administered by UPEACE.
4.  140 fully funded scholarships available to cover the costs of tuition and travel, room and board to the in-person training location for 1 week

Who is the target audience of the training courses?

Early career women from various fields from the Global South. It is not required to have previous knowledge of the issues of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.

What will participants learn?

This online and in-person course introduces participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of disarmament, non-proliferation and development-related issues, such as:
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Conventional weapons
  • Disarmament and development
  • Gender and disarmament
  • Peace and development-related technologies
  • Induction courses about entities contributing to disarmament, non-proliferation and development, such as the IAEA, CTBTO, OPCW, etc.

How are the training courses organised?

The training courses are composed of:
  • 8 weeks online training (about 40 hours)
  • 1 week in-person training (about 40 hours)
  • Optional: 1 final examination essay to obtain university credits (about 40 hours)

The online component includes: self-paced webinars with weekly sessions, reading material and exams, interaction with the instructor and the fellow students.

On Line
In Person

What do participants need to follow the training courses?

  • a computer or mobile device, with audio
  • reliable internet connection
  • no special software is required
  • travel to the in-person location for 5 working days to attend workshops and training sessions

What kind of certification will the participants receive?


Certificate of completion: all participants successfully completing the online and in-person training courses will receive an official certificate of completion from UPEACE.

Voluntary diploma: eligible participants who successfully pass the additional voluntary examination will receive an official diploma from UPEACE, carrying university credits.

When and where are the training courses scheduled?

Dates and venues are subject to confirmation.

Latin America and the Caribbean
Number of scholarships available 35
Application period 18 November – 11 December 2016
Dates online introductory course 10 February - 9 March 2017
Dates in-person Monday, 13 March – Friday, 17 March 2017
Dates online advanced course 20 March – 17 April 2017
Location in-person course San José, Costa-Rica