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UNFPA/UN Volunteer Population Data Fellowship Programme 2019 for Early-career Professionals

UNV and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership, have launched a Population Data Fellowship Programme. 

Application Deadline: 14th July 2019

About the Award: The Population Data Fellowship initiative will provide early-career professionals with the opportunity to contribute to UNFPA’s technical work on population and development, while at the same time the Fellows will be introduced to the fields of civil registration and vital statistics.

The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will work with UNFPA in advancing applied research, technical assistance and capacity building in civil registration and vital statistics;  in close collaboration with national statistics offices, civil registration authorities and related UNFPA institutional partners.

The fellowship programme provides an opportunity to bring eight early-career professionals into UNFPA, offering participants a unique opportunity for professional development. Enabling professionals to realise their full learning and career development is a key aspect of this UNV-UNFPA partnership.

UNFPA/UN Volunteer Population Data Fellowship 2019

Type: Fellowship


  • For the Population Data Fellowship, UNV will recruit professionals from around the world who have preferably a Masters degree and at least two years of professional experience related to demography, data science, applied statistics, or mixed methods research.
  • Candidates should demonstrate commitment to UNFPA’s mandate through academic, extra-curricular or volunteer activities.

Number of Awards: 8

Value of Award:

  • UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will profit from online learning tools and courses, as well as individual career coaching. Fellows will also attend an onboarding workshop early in their assignment and a leadership and career development workshop before the end of their assignment.
  • The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will be fully integrated into UNFPA’s work to ensure maximum learning, exposure and professional development. UNFPA will provide technical induction, fostering a community of practice and peer-to-peer learning among participants, ongoing monitoring and opportunities for on-the-job training.
  • Fellows, in turn, will provide talent and ideas for the fulfilment of UNFPA’s mandate, and contribute to civil registration, demographic data quality assessments and the production of vital statistics. Field research will also be part of some of these UN Volunteer assignments, where Fellows will look into under-registration of vital events and its socioeconomic consequences.

Duration of Award: 

How to Apply: If you are an early-career professional with at least two years of professional experience related to demography, data science, applied statistics, or mixed methods research, self-motivated and can thrive in an international, multidisciplinary environment –  check out available assignments below (more positions will be advertised soon so check for updates). Women, indigenous people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI candidates and other marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


Population Data Fellow 


Population Data Fellow 

New York, USA 

Population Data Fellow 


Population Data Fellow

Burkina Faso 

Population Data Fellow 

More positions will be advertised soon – please keep referring back to the Award Webpage!


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