1. Who can apply for the International Programme in Social Gerontology?

Applications, are invited from social workers and trainers who are:

  • Engaged in social service delivery for older persons in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors;
  • Be trainers with a potential to provide leadership in securing a better social service delivery system to older person
2. Who can apply for the International Programme in Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Wellbeing?

This programme is aimed at upper level health professionals (from various disciplines) who:

  • Hold or are being proposed for leadership positions in the care of older persons;
  • Have or are able to assume responsibility for health service planning, delivery and training with a potential to disseminate the acquired information.
3. Who can apply for the International Programme in Policy Formulation, Planning, Implementation and monitoring of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing?

This programme is aimed at policy-makers and decision-makers in the field of Ageing in developing countries who:

  •  Are directly engaged in policy- and decision-making for older persons in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors in their own country.
4. Are the programmes held every year?


5. Is my English good enough? Will it be tested?

You need to have a strong command of English to be able to participate in discussions, workshops, give presentations, etc…during the sessions. Moreover, all lectures are carried out in English. When applying, one has to submit a certificate showing proficiency in the English Language.

6. How can I find out more about the programmes?

From time to time you should check the INIA web site and if you still have any difficulties or would like to ask further questions you can e-mail us on [email protected] or through fax.

7. From where can I get an application form?

Application forms can be obtained from UNFPA representatives and UNDP offices in your own country as well as directly from INIA. Completed application forms should reach INIA by mail, fax or e-mail by the indicated closing date of the respective programme. They can also be filled on-line through INIA’s web-site.

8. How can I apply?

You may apply by sending

  • a completed application form;
  • proof of proficiency in English;
  • a letter of recommendation from the Director of your organisation;
  • a personal letter giving reasons for attending the programme;
  • copies of relevant certificates.

The above must be forwarded together with the ‘on-line’ application form. Unless the above documents are received, the application form, will NOT be proceeded.

9. Do I have to pay for the programme?

The Programme is US$2680. This amount includes tuition, full-board accommodation BUT excludes travel. INIA might have available a limited number of partial scholarships. However, since these are extremely limited, it is in the interest of prospective candidates to secure alternative sources of funding.

10. What does the Partial Scholarship cover?

A Partial Scholarship is available only for the Short Programmes. The scholarship includes full board accommodation, tuition and accident insurance. Baggage insurance is not provided and moreover, no claim can be entertained for any days spent in Malta beyond the period of the course scheduled dates or for the expenses of any accompanying persons.  You would be responsible for securing funding for your return ticket to Malta including travel insurance.

11. If I am a fee-paying participant, when and how am I supposed to pay?

The payment can be done by either a draft drawn on a prime bank in US$ or by crediting the amount to our account.

12. Is financial aid available for those not receiving a scholarship?

It is suggested that you approach your own employing organisation, the UNDP and UNFPA offices and other funding agencies in your country.

13. If I need a Visa, do I need to apply for it myself?

As from 1st November 2007, Visas for Malta should be applied for prior to entry at Malta’s diplomatic mission abroad or at the diplomatic mission of another EU Member State which covers the place of residence of the applicant. One may apply for multiple Schengen Visa at a Consulate from the European country one will be planning to pass through on the way to Malta. For Further information please click here

14. If I sent an application last year as well, do I need to send a new one again this year?


15. May I apply after the application deadline has expired?

You may, but your application will be stamped as ‘late’ and it will be at the discretion of the Director as to whether the application will be included in the selection process.

16. I am a former INIA participant, what are my chances of being accepted?

The Institute’s policy does not permit anyone who has already participated in any Training Programme to attend the same and/or any other Training Programme.

17. When will I find out if I am accepted for a programme?

Approx. two months before the commencement of the programme.

18. If I am accepted, is there anything I need to do before the commencement of the programme?

As part of the training courses of the International Institute on Ageing, all participants are expected to prepare a short report related to the situation of ageing in their respective countries.

19. Supposing I have been admitted but cannot come this year, does this mean that I have to re-apply next year?

Yes, you have to apply again.

20. Can I stay longer than the duration of the programme?

If partially sponsored by INIA, accommodation expenses covers only the official dates of the programme.

21. Are activities organised outside of the Short Programmes?

Yes. There will be a full day cultural tour around Malta and a Closing Reception.

22. Will I have any free time to see the country?

To be honest, not really.  Short Programmes are very intense. Sessions start from 08.30 – 17.00 with two coffee breaks and a longer lunch break in the middle of the day. All sessions are compulsory.

23. Will I receive a certificate for the Short Programmes?

Certificates are awarded for full attendance, satisfactory participation during sessions, presentations and participation in workshops and other group work.

24. If I am accepted for a Short Programme where I am going to stay?

In a Hotel, situated in a central area in Malta.

25. How far is the accommodation from the programme venue?

Accommodation and programme venue are at the same Hotel