The UNITWIN Networks and UNESCO Chairs Programme advances research, training and programme development across UNESCO’s work in education, science, culture, communication and information.
Currently made up of 830 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in over 110 Member States, the programme aims to develop inter-university cooperation, collaboration and information sharing to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of societies.
Our role as the UK National Commission for UNESCO, as directed by UNESCO, is to carefully consider and evaluate proposals for the establishment of new UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in the UK and to select a small number of high-quality proposals each year to put forward to UNESCO.
All UK higher education institutions wishing to apply for the UNESCO Chairs or UNITWIN Networks Programme must submit their application through the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Information on our UK process, including deadlines for the 2021 cycle, is available in the sections below.