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Thank you for your interest in the Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme. This brief provides information you may want to know prior to completing your application, and we hope you find it helpful. If you still need additional information, please email the UGVS secretariat at

What Is The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme?

The Uganda Graduate Volunteer Scheme (UGVS) aimed at providing young graduates access to work spaces to gain employability skills is an initiative supported by the Government of Uganda, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is the lead Government partner.

How will the Scheme work?

In the pilot, the Scheme will support the development of labour market intermediation services including job matching, job placement, job readiness trainings among others. The Scheme will recruit 500 graduate volunteers. Successful candidates will receive a one-week induction training on life, work place and career development skills. Upon completing the training, the graduate volunteers will be placed in host institutions either in public sector, private sector or civil society for a period of 12 months.

The scheme will partner with public and private enterprises in Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality, Finance and Banking, Information Technology, Energy and Minerals, Infrastructure Development including construction, Health and Education and Social Development sectors to provide volunteer placement opportunities in their organizations in different parts of the country.

What support will volunteers receive?

In addition to induction training, volunteers placed with host organizations will receive training on the areas relevant to their work assignments from the host organizations and will be assigned mentors who will provide advice and guide their work throughout the placement period. All volunteers will be regularly visited by the UGVS management team to check their progress and offer support. Furthermore, volunteers will receive a moderate monthly stipend from UGVS

What happens after the volunteer placement period?

Upon successful completion of the scheme, all participating youth will join a vibrant alumni network through which they can access further training opportunities, career guidance and exposure to prospective employers.

Who can apply?

A person is eligible to apply if he/she meets the following criteria:
1. Is a Ugandan national. National identity card shall serve as proof of citizenship.
2. Aged 18 to 35 years;
3. Has a masters’ or bachelors’ degree or diploma or advanced certificate from Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institute. Applicants shall attach certified copies of transcripts and certificates from their tertiary institutions as proof.
4. Has been unemployed, underemployed, or out-of-school and inactive for four years or less after completing masters or bachelors’ degree, or diploma;
5. Produces recommendation letters from either a former lecturer/supervisor or tutor and LCI chairperson.

How do I apply?

All applicants must fill the application form online and attached the required documents.
Only complete application forms will be considered.
The recruitment process has three stages:
1. Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee
2. If your application passes this stage, it will be matched with a possible host institution
3. If a host institution accepts your profile, you will be invited for an interview
4. If you pass the interview, you will be given an offer, trained and placed with the host institution.