30 September 2019.



(Partially Funded)


The 4th edition of the UNAOC Young Peacebuilders programme.

The Young Peacebuilders in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 2019 edition is designed to strengthen the skills of young women and men from the MENA region in tackling negative stereotypes, prejudice and xenophobia while providing them with access to regional and global peacebuilding networks and raising visibility of their innovative and effective peace work in the field. The long-term goal is the integration of young peacebuilders in governmental peace processes / policies.

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UNAOC was established in 2005, as an initiative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and co-sponsored by the Governments of Spain and Turkey. UNAOC works towards a more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Public policies
  • Politics
  • Human Development
  • Human Rights
  • Development Studies
  • Middle East Studies
  • Global Studies
  • General Studies

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • September 2019: call for applications.
  • By 15 November 2019: selected participants are notified.
  • December 2019 – February 2020: selected participants take part in introductory online modules (part 1).
  • March 2020: participants travel to take part in the face-to-face workshop at a location to be determined (part 2).
  • March-June 2020: participants commit to conduct peace activities in the three/four months following the workshop (part 3).
  • June-July 2020: Results-sharing symposium at a location to be determined (part 4).

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Age: Be 18-25 years of age for the total duration of the project. To be considered eligible, applicants must be born on or between 5 August 1994 and 5 August 2001.
  • Region: Be a citizen of one of the following MENA region countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of),Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
  • Organization: Be active (staff, volunteer, etc.) in a non-government and non-for-profit youth-led organization, network, initiative or movement (led by youth for the benefit of youth) and have the ability to consult with and reach a wider group of young people, audience or network, including at the grassroots and community level.
  • Commitment: demonstrate commitment to diversity and pluralism, nonviolence, peaceful and inclusive societies. The organizations and networks represented should: Adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles and values of the Charter of the United Nations; have internal democratic and transparent processes of leadership, decision-making and consultation; be independent, unaffiliated with any political party.
  • Language: Command of English is sufficient to take part in the online phase and in-person workshop. The applicant understands English very well; possesses intermediate to fluent levels of English, which allow her/him to participate to the conversation and input.
  • Prior experience: the applicant has never taken part in a programme of UNAOC (Summer School, Youth Solidarity Fund, Intercultural Innovation Award, Plural+, PeaceApp, Youth Event at the UNAOC Global Forum, Fellowship Program, Young Peacebuilders).
  • Passport: In order to be accepted in this programme, selected applicants must hold an international passport valid until at least 5 February 2021. Failure to provide a copy in due time will result in cancellation of participation.
  • The application is duly completed, submitted by the deadline and contains all supporting documentation, requested as part of the call. Half-complete applications or applications filled in other languages than English will not be reviewed and considered.

Selection criteria:

  • Motivation and contribution to the programme: the applicant demonstrates that she/he is highly motivated to complete all portions of the programme.
  • Interest in themes: the applicant shows some experience in issues related to intercultural dialogue, peacebuilding and preventing violent extremism through examples of initiatives he/she is part of or is demonstrating a great interest to get involved in this set of issues.
  • Experience and potential: The applicant is at the beginning stages of his/her involvement or career in the field of peacebuilding and has specific goals to improve his/her skills and to make contribution to peace.
  • Outreach: The applicant and his/her organization have the capacity and motivation to absorb and disseminate the lessons learned back to their community, organization and to a wider network or audience.
  • Future impact and follow up: the applicant expressed his/her strong commitment to conduct personal peace initiatives in their community during the implementation phase and beyond.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

The Organizer covers:

  • Round-trip travel (international or domestic flight, economy class) to the city of the face-to-face workshop as well as to the city of the symposium.
  • Shared accommodation (double-rooms), with a participant from the same gender, in the city of the workshop and the city of the symposium.
  • Meals and coffee breaks during the official duration of the workshop and the symposium.
  • Shuttles or reimbursement of transportation to/from the airport and hotel in the city of the face-to-face workshop and city of the symposium.

Costs covered by the participants:

For the workshop and symposium, youth participants will be responsible for their transportation to and from the airport in their country of residence, as well as any personal and incidental expenses incurred outside of the official portions of the workshop, such as souvenirs, equipment, additional food, etc.

How to Apply

First Step: Complete the application form here.

Second Step: Submit a copy of the identification page of the passport.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Chaimae Qassar/ Morocco

Reviewed by” Hanine Aymen/ Egypt

& ” Mariam Mohamed Kamal “

MARJ3 Intern

MARJ3 Scholarships team