Organizations are invited to submit nominations for candidates to attend the postgraduate diploma programme. GEST will then contact the nominated person and invite them to fill out a more elaborate application form. 
Please note that the deadline for nominations for spring term 2021 is 15 May 2020. 
Separate calls are made in GEST's partner universities through the EU Erasmus+ programme for which deadlines for applications vary (see further details below). 

The target group for the GEST postgraduate diploma programme consists of professionals from developing countries and conflict/post-conflict societies working on gender issues for government ministries and agencies, as well as civil society organizations and educational institutes.

Selection of the fellows is based on the following criteria. Candidates shall:

  • Have at least one university degree.
  • Have at least two years of professional experience relevant to the themes of the programme. 
  • Possess good English skills (speak, read, write), as English is the language of instruction. 
  • Be a junior professional in their field.

Please note that candidates from low income countries, from conflict zones and post-conflict countries will be given priority in selection of candidates through the open call. 

Selection process
Based on comprehensive applications submitted by the candidates, a limited number of fellows is shortlisted for interviews. During the interviews, the candidates need to be able to:

  • Explain their work and their role at the institute or organisation.
  • Show in-depth understanding of their professional work and how it relates to gender equality.
  • Outline how they think the GEST diploma programme will increase their capacities in their field of work in the future and how it will benefit their institute/organization.

Financing of candidates and programme cost
The funding of the diploma programme is based on scholarships that are either 1) funded directly by the GEST programme through its core funding provided by the Government of Iceland, 2) funding agencies, such as development agencies and other development partners, embassies and governments, 3) co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme and the GEST programme (only applicable for MA students in GEST’s partner universities).

Candidates employed by UN agencies, with the exception of UNRWA, are required to be fully funded by their organizations.

The scholarships cover travel costs for fellows, housing on campus and per-diem during the five-month course, in addition to educational facilities, learning material and lessons.

Erasmus+ scholarships
GEST collaborates with various universities through the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. This programme enables the GEST programme to invite master's students in gender studies or related disciplines to enroll in the GEST programme. Such scholarships are announced separately by GEST’s partner universities as the candidates’ home universities nominate candidates to the GEST programme. Nominations are screened by GEST, followed by screening interviews and, ultimately, admission to the programme.