Practical information for ATP and ESP programmes

Application and admission

Admission to courses is open to all candidates who meet the requirements stated below. The number of places made available is limited. To apply, please use the online Application Form which contains complete information on the required documents, including reference letters and motivation letter, to be provided.

NOTE : IIEP is using a new online training management system. Click on this link for some instructions on the online application process. If you have any difficulties with or questions about using the new system, please contact If you have a current online application in progress with our former system, we will be in touch with you.


Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 3 years of work experience in fields related to education planning and management;
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree or  equivalent, preferably in a field related to education, economics, or statistics;
  • Be fully proficient (read, write, and speak fluently) in either English or French;
  • Possess good computer skills in MS Word and Excel.
  • Be able to continue working for at least another 5 years, preferably in public service, where appropriate. 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application and selection procedures

For each year session, application forms must be completed online. The following documents are required:

  1. The Authorization of Participation form, duly completed and signed/stamped by your employer and, if required, your UNESCO National Commission representative. (You can download the form from the 'Practical Information' section of the application form.)
  2. A scanned copy of the Name and date page of your Passport.
  3. An Organizational chart of your Ministry or organization (please indicate exactly where you fit within the structure with an X or other mark).
  4. Scanned copies of diplomas, degrees and other relevant training certificates.
  5. A Language proficiency certificate, if your first language is neither English nor French.

All candidates must complete an online application and upload the requested supporting documents (diplomas, language certifications, authorization of participation, etc.). Public servants must have an authorization from their employer and, wherever possible, from the UNESCO National Commission. IIEP will review the candidate’s application and candidates will be notified by e-mail of the results of the selection process.

Before arrival in Paris, admitted candidates must transfer the programme fees to IIEP, secure visas and receive clearance for their medical files, etc. They must also have successfully completed the in-country online learning phase.

Financial information

Participation costs must be provided for by the participants.
The financial information will be provided to successful candidates together with the official admission letter. Admitted candidates are allowed to attend the programme only if the required amount has been transferred to IIEP before their arrival.

Financial assistance and grants

IIEP is not a funding institution and cannot offer financial assistance, with the exception of one scholarship per year for female planners. Candidates are encouraged to apply to funding institutions for fellowships or grants (their employer, including ministries, international organizations, and NGOs). These grants are generally funded from institutional capacity development programmes sponsored by governments, international cooperation programmes, or directly through international partners, such as development banks, bilateral agencies, or UN funds and programmes.

UNESCO member states may submit a request for funding from the UNESCO participation programme through the UNESCO National Commission. The procedure and schedule for the submission of funding requests are available at the UNESCO web site.


Participation fees - ATP and ESP

The cost is €24,000 for participation in the ATP and €14,400 for participation in the ESP, which includes: registration fee, material (computer and software), living costs in Paris.

IIEP has no accommodation of its own, but upon request from admitted candidates IIEP can help to arrange accommodation, if adequate time is given.

Note: The total cost of participation in the 2019-2020 ATP session is €24,000 to which return travel costs need to be added. Funds must be deposited in IIEP’s bank account at least one month before the beginning of the programme (August, 23).


Programme costs including training materials:9,0006,000
Field visits:1,5001,500
Administrative costs:800500



Medical examination fee for French resident permit:6060
Medical and civil insurance coverage480240
Lunch vouchers1,200600
Publications postage160100
Recommended monthly stipend (€1,800 per month)10,8005,400

Programme costs 11,3008,000
Living costs in Paris12,7006,400




Training facilities

All participants have access to high-quality equipment, whether for face-to-face or distance learning. IIEP provides participants with the most modern pedagogical tools: classrooms fully equipped with innovative computer equipment, a Documentation Centre for resources which also provides a quiet study space, a cafeteria for lunch breaks and impromptu conversations, as well as other living spaces such as a flower garden and terrace – all of which create an atmosphere which energizes participants, motivating them to work hard and get the most out of their training.

Research environment

For training organized on IIEP’s premises, the Institute offers participants a unique research environment. Participants have individual access to frontline software and the Institute’s extensive database.
IIEP benefits from a rich Documentation Centre with more than 30,000 publications and over 500 specialized periodicals and journals devoted to educational policy, planning, management and related areas (economy, demographics, statistics, sociology, public administration, political science, etc.). Participants are also ensured free access to many other libraries and documentation centres in Paris. IIEP also provides access to important online resources such as Planipolis, and offers exchanges with online communities.


IIEP has no accommodation facilities of its own but assists participants in finding accommodation. Upon requests received from admitted candidates, IIEP can help to arrange accommodation.
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