The Academy Fellowship is designed for newly-elected or appointed mayors/governors in the region. Fellows will be selected based on established criteria, including age, gender and sub-regional balance. The selection committee will be composed by UN ESCAP, UN-Habitat and UCLG-ASPAC, the United Nations University-Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).. Mentors could be identified to support in the selection process, as well as in the preparatory process of those mayors selected to be part of the Academy.

In order for a city Mayor to be eligible, the candidate must:

  • Be a newly-elected or appointed mayor/governor, typically in the first third of the term 

  • Must commit to attending all scheduled components of the Academy (to be determined annually for each class).

  • Be located in a member or associate member State of UN ESCAP

      Please Note:

  • Fluency in English will be considered in the selection criteria.  For Academy sessions to be held at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, it is possible (but not guaranteed) that simultaneous interpretation for some languages (e.g. Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Russian) may be available should multiple participants be selected for the Academy  

  • Be located in a member or associate member State of UN ESCAP

    The fellowship includes financial support through the project for the city mayors/governors (though in-kind contributions are expected, and co-funding is welcome). Any city in the UN ESCAP region is welcome to apply on a self-financed basis

Applicants should send the application form to with copy to and