Application Deadline: July 31st, 2023
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the government of Japan are calling on young people to apply for an innovative learning programme “Youth Leader Fund for a World Without Nuclear Weapons”. The new learning programme is aimed at equipping the leaders of the future with the knowledge, skills, and network to join global efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons – the most dangerous weapons on earth.
The programme is seeking youth who are motivated to use their talents to promote change for a more peaceful and secure world.
- The selected participants will receive training in general principles of nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control through online courses, with a selected cohort going on a week-long in-person study tour to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- The future leaders will also exchange ideas with disarmament experts from think tanks, civil society organizations, media, and the diplomatic field, and will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical skills and know-how to engage and practically contribute to issues related to nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
- Importantly, participants will learn about the lessons that the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, called hibakusha, have long been sharing with the world about the unimaginable suffering caused by nuclear weapons. As the hibakusha continue to age, it is vital that their powerful stories and appeals to eliminate nuclear weapons are carried forward by future generations.
- At least 18 years old on 1 January 2023
- Not older than 29 years old on 31 July 2023 (closing date of the call for application)
- Birth date between 1 August 1993 and 1 January 2005
The programme is open to national from all countries and territories
The training courses will be conducted in English only. Proficiency in English is required to participate
- The intention is to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse group of advocates for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament aged between 18 and 29 years.
- Young people interested or active in international affairs, such as government or civil society organisations, as well as those with a background or interest in education, academia, journalism, industry, and other areas, are encouraged to apply.
- The programme is open to youth from across the globe, from nuclear-weapon States and non-nuclear-weapon States alike.
This comprehensive programme combines interactive online learning, an immersive study tour, participation in a youth-led conference and collaborative activities.
Interactive online component lasting 4 months:
The programme kicks off with an engaging and interactive online component. Through self-paced eLearning modules participants will acquire a solid knowledge base on key disarmament and non-proliferation issues. In addition, they will have the opportunity to enhance their skills through skill-building workshops and live webinars, where they can interact in real-time with disarmament experts and fellow participants. The weekly time commitment for this component is approximately 4-6 hours.
In-person study tour to Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
Upon successful completion of the online component, a select group of 50 participants will embark on a 6-day study tour to Japan. This experience will bring them to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where they will engage with hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombings, and other. Additionally, they will participate actively in a youth-led conference, fostering meaningful discussions and exchange of ideas.
Collaborative creation of impactful activities:
Beyond the conference, participants will play a vital role in creating impactful activities that can be shared with their respective communities. These activities will aim to raise awareness and inspire positive change towards a world without nuclear weapons.
Mentoring the next cohort:
Upon programme completion, participants will remain involved through mentoring the next cohort of aspiring youth leaders. By sharing their insights and experiences, they will guide and inspire future participants.
For online training courses:
· a computer or mobile device, with audio;
· a reliable internet connection;
· no special software is required;
· no previous knowledge of non-proliferation and disarmament issues is required;
· proficiency in English is required.
In-person study trip to Japan (if selected):
· availability to travel to Japan for 6-7 days to take part to the study visit and the education activities;
· valid travel documents (valid passport and visa, as required, prior to travel)
Dates are subject to confirmation.
Application period18 May – 31 July 2023Number of participants selected for the online foundation course100Online course starting4th quarter of 2023Selection of in-person study trip participantsSummer 2024Number of participant’s selected for in-person study trip50Study trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki3rd quarter of 2024Selection process
All applicants are required to fill in the online application form. Further information may be requested at a later stage by the Selection Committee. Selected participants will be informed during the third quarter of 2023 and will be requested to upload their ID and documents to confirm the correctness of information stated in their application.
Failure to be selected does not prejudice application for future iterations of this learning programme.
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