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The Online UN Summer Academy (45 Scholarships available): DEALINE IS TODAY, APPLY NOW!


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Application Deadline: 12 May 2023

Sign up to join this highly engaging five-day online programme! UN Summer Academy (UNSA) fosters rich interactions on issues relevant to the work of the UN and its partners in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. This year, selected participants will attend panel discussions, engage in working group sessions, host or attend side-events, and take part in networking activities – all revolving around the overarching theme: Governance for Sustainable Development.  

The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia is funding 45 full scholarships! The criteria and the application process are described at the end of this page.  

Individual applicants covering their registration fee are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. 

The UN Summer Academy: Join an Exceptional Group of Changemakers

Dynamic, connected and engaging – the UN Summer Academy is a critical global forum for advancing sustainable development. Since 2012, the programme has convened an exceptional group of changemakers annually to address the challenges that are impacting the UN system and its partners.

Once again, the Summer Academy is welcoming participants from civil society, academia, youth-led organizations and the private sector to engage in robust discussions and knowledge exchanges on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This exciting event will take place from 26 to 30 June 2023.

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Key faculty and alumni have included Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed,  former Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, former Chef de Cabinet Susana Malcorra, former Under Secretary-General Sigrid Kaag, former Assistant Secretary-General Sir Richard Jolly, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, German Development Institute Deputy Director Imme Scholz, and the heads of UN Bonn agencies. Together they have made the UN Summer Academy a success in the last decade.

A vehicle for stakeholder engagement

The UN Summer Academy has played a pivotal role in fostering stakeholder engagement – a key vehicle for bringing about system-level change. As a tool to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda, multi-stakeholder engagement can help different actors understand  the interlinkages that exist between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stakeholder engagement is also important for shifting power imbalances and enabling people from different sectors to work towards a shared goal to co-create solutions.

The UN Summer Academy provides a platform to:

  • foster inclusive exchanges that build skills and knowledge to address global challenges;
  • inspire action, cutting-edge approaches and solutions from around the world;
  • build enabling environments where participants can co-create solutions towards a set of shared goals.
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The UN Summer Academy today

Delivered virtually over five-days, the programme offers an engaging and immersive online learning experience. It is made up of plenaries, working group sessions, and side events, and covers over 50 separate sessions in an action-packed agenda. The virtual format builds on the rich legacy of the face-to-face editions.

The highly competitive selection process brings together a cohort of exceptional development actors. The programme features substantive expert inputs, hands-on collaborative participant interactions and engaging networking spaces that allow participants to share their expertise and learn from  peers around the world.

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UN Summer Academy at a glance


Plenaries are live webinars where participants come together to gain insights from experts and to exchange ideas. A wide array of  formats and digital tools are used to ensure engagement and collective reflection.

Working group sessions

Small groups of participants collaborate on a group project to co-create solutions to the issues under discussion. Participants engage in an in-depth exchange of sustainable development knowledge and best practices. The sessions are designed to promote the development of scalable and cross-cutting sustainable development solutions.

Side events

Interactive side events offer participants a variety of expert perspectives and social activities. They also provide a space for greater interaction, peer networking and building communities of exchange.

Share Fair
The Share Fair is an exhibition where different organizations showcase their work on sustainable development. It provides an opportunity for participants to connect with other global changemakers in a relaxed networking atmosphere. 

Immersive learning experiences
The UN Summer Academy provides a virtual excursion to a city undergoing transformative change. The excursion is enabled through interactive 360-degree videos. Participants also get an opportunity to take part in a gamified high-stake decision-making gathering where they can build their communications skills and learn how to convey new ideas and manage conflicts in multi-stakeholder settings.   

SDG Roundtable Discussions
To harness the collective expertise of the UN Summer Academy participants, the UN Summer Academy provides dedicated spaces for in-depth discussions about real-life examples, concrete sustainable development practices, challenges, and opportunities.

Trend Talk
The UN Summer Academy Trend Talk features inspiring leaders who are creating new opportunities for disruptive and innovative development solutions. During these sessions the cohort engages leaders on emerging issues that can impact how we live tomorrow.


In order to offer highly qualified candidates, the possibility to participate in the online UN Summer Academy, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is funding 45 scholarships covering 100% of the registration fee for the five-day online learning event. The scholarship application process is highly competitive, and we encourage you to finance your application through other means if possible.  

To qualify for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:   

  • Have professional or academic experience in sustainable development;   
  • Submit a proposal for how you will act as a multiplier, applying and passing on the acquired knowledge; and   
  • Demonstrate your motivation to actively participate in the UN Summer Academy programme. The virtual Summer Academy is synchronous, all participants are expected to be online at the same time during specified hours (either 10:00 am to 4:00 pm CEST or 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm CEST) every day, 26-30 June 2023. 

Applicants from NRW and its partner countries and regions are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for scholarship applications has just been extended to Friday, 12 May 2023.  

How to apply for a UNSA 2023 Scholarship?  

Please read the instructions carefully before you begin.  

  • Step 1: Please right-click on this link to open the Scholarship Application Form in a new tabRead Step 2 and Step 3 before filling in the Scholarship Application Form.  
  • Step 2: Remaining on the current tab, please first ‘Sign up’ for the UN Summer Academy by clicking on the “Sign up” button above.  
  • Step 3: Once your course registration is completed, and pending approval (you should receive an automatically generated email), please go to the Scholarship Application Form, and submit it by 12 May 2023 (deadline extended).  

Important: your scholarship application will not be taken into consideration if you have not registered on this page first.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!



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