Geothermal Training Programme


    The Geothermal Training Programme of the United Nations University (UNU-GTP) in Iceland is a postgraduate training programme, aiming at assisting developing countries in capacity building within geothermal exploration and development. The programme consists of six months of annual training for practicing professionals from developing and transitional countries with significant geothermal potential. Priority is given to countries where geothermal development is under way, in order to maximize technology transfer.

    The programme has been operating in Iceland since 1979. It is a cooperative project between the United Nations University and the Government of Iceland, and is hosted by the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun). UNU-GTP also works in close cooperation with the University of Iceland (UI). This allows the flexibility required to provide highly specialized training in the nine fields of specialization offered, as the UNU-GTP hires lecturers and support staff from UI, ISOR and other agencies/companies.

    The programme commences in the spring (April–October), and is divided into three phases; introductory lectures (5–6 weeks), specialised training (5–6 weeks) and a research project (12 weeks). To successfully finish the training programme, each Fellow must finish a project (report), which is presented orally at the closing ceremony. The programme is taught in English, so candidates are required to be fluent in English.

    For more information visit the UNU-GTP website.


  • Applications from individuals are not accepted, but rather nomination from directors of geothermal research, utilization institutions and universities in the specialized fields that are considered most relevant to promote geothermal development in the respective country. All qualified candidates are interviewed personally.

    For more information about admissions, please visit the UNU-GTP website.

  • United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP)

    Orkustofnun, Grensásvegi 9

    IS-108 Reykjavík, Iceland

    T: +354 569 6000

    F: +354 568 8896