Professional Development Program: How to Apply


Candidates for the training courses offered under the Professional Development Program should:

  • have completed and passed Distance Learning Course DL-101: General Course on IP;
  • have a working knowledge of the language in which the training is to be conducted.

Practical Arrangements

Information concerning travel and other administrative arrangements for participation in the training courses and seminars offered under the Professional Development Program is communicated directly to the candidate or through the UNDP office where applicable.

Application Procedure

For government officials, the application form shall need to be endorsed by the Director General of the Office or senior official of the relevant Ministry before it can be considered. Special attention is drawn to sections 10 to 11 of the form, which should be completed correctly, stating clearly defined training requirements and the objectives that the candidate wishes to achieve. Candidates should submit theirs applications to the WIPO Academy to before February 28, 2014.

A recent photograph of the candidate must also be attached to the application form. PDF, Professional Development Program, Application Form DOC, Professional Development Program, Application Form

Selection of Candidates

The selection of candidates is carried out by WIPO. The selected candidates are notified directly. Information on travel and other administrative arrangements is also notified directly to selected candidates.

Medical Insurance

Details of the medical insurance scheme are sent to selected candidates.

Medical Examination

Candidates selected for a training course lasting two weeks or more are required to undergo a medical examination confirming that they are in good health. The medical examination is to be carried out by a physician recognized by the United Nations in the candidate’s country. When applicable, WIPO informs the selected candidates of the requirement for medical examination through the relevant UNDP office.

Visa Requirements

In view of the strict entry visa requirements of countries in which the training courses or seminars are organized, WIPO will not authorize the selected candidates to travel unless they have obtained all the required entry visas in advance.

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and subsistence expenses are borne by WIPO and/or by the governments or organizations cooperating with WIPO in organizing the training course. Participants receive a daily subsistence allowance adequate to cover the cost of accommodation and meals.


At the end of each course or seminar, participants are required to complete an evaluation questionnaire prepared by WIPO. The answers to the questionnaire are treated in strict confidence. They are intended to serve as a basis for assessing the value of, as well as to enrich, the various courses and seminars in order to help WIPO improve its courses in the future.


Regular attendance is mandatory throughout the training period. WIPO reserves the right to terminate the fellowship of any participant who fails to meet this requirement.

Accompanying persons

Participants are requested not to bring any accompanying persons to the courses.  WIPO does not take any responsibility or incur administrative costs or take any action (e.g., make travel arrangements, provide a subsistence allowance, arrange entry visas or insurance, etc.) for such persons. Arrangements made for the participants by WIPO and/or the host institutions are solely for the benefit of the participants.


A certificate of participation is awarded to the participants at the end of each training program.