Participants are selected for their potential in shaping opinion and taking strong initiatives within their community. In their applications, candidates have to demonstrate a strong interest – backed by concrete ideas – to engage with peers and partners from the countries they are going to visit, and propose positive and innovative models of intercultural cooperation and networking.
Candidates also have to demonstrate a strong interest in learning from and engaging with the cultural diversity of the societies they are going to discover. They have to show a level of professional accomplishment in intercultural dialogue and in the theme chosen by UNAOC, through their involvement politics, civil society, media, local community organizations, faith based associations, grassroots initiatives, academia, think-tanks, arts, and any other fields relevant to the objectives of the Fellowship Program.
Applicants also have to meet two eligibility criteria in order to apply. They have to be nationals of EUNA or MENA countries and be between 25 and 38 years old. While selecting Fellows, the jury makes sure that each cohort is gender balanced, region balanced – with a ratio of participants per country of origin – and professionally balanced.
The Call for Applications is usually advertised on UNAOC website and social media accounts.