Apply Now: School of Modern Diplomacy

Apply now for the School of Modern Diplomacy to be run virtually from 22 August 2022 to 02 September 2022.

The art of diplomacy has evolved. In an age where 280 characters from a world leader on Twitter can give a green light to foreign military action or move markets, there is no denying that the classic notions of diplomacy — backroom handshakes between decades-long counterparts with a tinge of cigar in the air — no longer reflect reality.

What has taken its place is a modern, multi-level and multi-faceted approach that encompasses all the tools of the international and interconnected global sphere. Effective diplomacy now relies on the ability of a government to engage on numerous fronts and in numerous departments.

The School of Modern Diplomacy is a programme organised by the UNU Institute for Comparative Integration Studies and the Vienna School of International Studies in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs of Flanders, Ghent University and the Brussels School of Governance, and aims to present the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis of and training in modern diplomacy. The programme gains insights from practitioners, academics and policymakers at the forefront of their fields who are operating at the highest levels on the different facets of modern diplomacy and how they are being employed the world over to shape ideas, discussion, and the world we live in.

How will the new methods of modern diplomacy change the art of it? Educate and prepare yourself for this new age of diplomacy at the School of Modern Diplomacy.


This programme will be run virtually from 22 August 2022 to 02 September 2022 between 10:00–16:30 CEST (UTC+2) with breaks included.

It includes four sessions of 70 minutes, with morning sessions providing an academic foundation followed by more practical sessions in the afternoon.

There will be several virtual social events, as well as discussion sessions at the end of each day so the group can talk through the main topics and themes of the presentations


Applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis until 23:59 on 14 August. When the capped number of participant positions is filled, no more applications will be accepted, however, strong applications after the cut-off time will be placed on a waiting list and contacted should positions open.

The target audience for the School of Modern Diplomacy is primarily those in the diplomatic service or with aspirations to do so, policymakers, and academics.

Applicants must hold at least a master's degree. There is no time limit as to when the degree was obtained.

The programme and assessment will be conducted in English, and as such participants are expected to have an excellent command of the English language.

For full programme and application details, see the UNU-CRIS website.


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