Professional Development Program – General Information


Candidates for the training courses offered under the Professional Development Program (PDP) should have completed or be prepared to complete the Distance-Learning Course as designated in the description of each training course.

Candidates are required to have a working knowledge of the language in which the training course will be conducted.

Application procedure

Candidates for the training courses offered under the PDP are required to register online through: Only applications submitted online will be considered. Under each training course, the dates and the deadlines for registration are provided. A candidate can register for a maximum of two courses.

For government officials, registration shall need to be endorsed by the Director General of the Office or senior official of the relevant Ministry before it can be considered. It is also necessary to attach the relevant required documents as described on the page.

Selection of candidates

The selection of candidates is carried out by WIPO. The selected candidates are first notified directly by email and formal invitation letters will be sent thereafter. Only selected candidates are notified. Information on travel and other administrative arrangements will be also notified directly to selected candidates.

Selected candidates will be required to complete the relevant Distance-Learning course if not completed yet prior to their participation.

Medical insurance

Participants in courses of two weeks or more are covered by a medical insurance taken out by WIPO for the training period. Details of the medical insurance scheme are sent to selected candidates.

Medical examination

Candidates selected for a training course 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 entry visa requirements (where applicable) of countries in which the training courses or seminars are organized, WIPO will not authorize the selected candidates to participate in the course 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 offering the training course. Participants receive a daily subsistence allowance adequate to cover the cost of meals and accommodation, where applicable.


At the end of each course, participants are required to complete an online evaluation questionnaire prepared by WIPO or by the partner institution. The answers to the questionnaire are treated in strict confidence. They serve as a basis to assess the various courses and to improve them 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 joint certificate of participation is awarded to the participants at the end of each training program.