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UPDATE! The UN YPP 2020 list of participating countries and exam areas was announced on 7 May 2020. 

To be eligible for the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) 2020, you should meet all of the following eligibility criteria:


At least a first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent of at least three years) relevant to the job family you are applying for. Your degree should be completed by the time you submit your UN YPP 2020 application. If your area of studies at the first-level university degree does not meet the requirements, but you have a completed advanced degree (Master’s, PhD) in the “relevant” area of studies, you are still eligible to apply for the UN YPP 2020.

Education requirements are specific for the exam area:

1) Management & Administration. Your degree should be in one of the following areas: Business & Administration, Computing, Education, Environmental Protection, Humanities, Law, Mathematics & Statistics, Security Services, Social & Behavioural Science, Social Services, Transport Services

2) Global Communication. Your degree should be in one of the following areas: Arts, Business & Administration, Computing, Journalism & Information, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science

3) Political Affairs & Human Rights. Your degree should be in one of the following areas: Business & Administration, Humanities, Law, Security Services, Social & Behavioural Science.

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You should be 32 years old or younger as of 31 December of the year of the examination. Thus, for the UN YPP 2020, your date of birth should be on or after 1 January 1988.


Fluency in English OR French language is required.


The UN YPP 2020 list of participating countries was announced on 7 May 2020. It includes the following Member States:

Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

The UN YPP 2020 countries are selected by the United Nations. These countries are un- and under-represented among its staff members. If your country of nationality is not included in the list, you are not eligible to apply for the UN YPP 2020 – you may click on the button below to learn about how the countries are selected. The list changes on an annual basis.

Why isn’t my country on the list?


No professional experience is required to apply for the UN YPP 2020.

Planning to apply?

Do you meet the requirements and want to apply for the United Nations Young Professionals Programme (UN YPP) 2020? Remember that the application stage is the most competitive: over 85% of candidates fail to be invited to the written examination. We invite you to join the webinar “Step-by-step Guide on the UN YPP 2020 Application” to learn the key tips for the success of your application, boost your chances to pass the screening and get an opportunity to compete for the United Nations job at the written exam.

2020 Application Webinar

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