UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship Programme at University of United Nations

Started by sparrow, Feb 21, 2011, 12:29 PM


The purpose of the UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship is to provide young scholars and policy-makers, especially from the developing world, with a multidisciplinarily context within which to pursue advanced research and training that are of professional interest to the applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of UNU-IAS.
Field of Research

Research proposals for UNU-IAS PhD Fellowships should therefore relate clearly to one of the current research areas of the Institute, as well as aim to be policy relevant.
Research proposals are invited in the following areas:
•   Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies
•   Sustainable Urban Futures
•   Biodiplomacy Initiative
•   Sustainable Development Governance
•   Traditional Knowledge Initiative

Eligibility and Conditions:
•   Applicants must be at the dissertation writing stage of their PhD with a research proposal accepted by the candidate's university. Language proficiency in English is essential. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.
•   UNU-IAS Ph.D. Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months. The starting date of the Ph.D. Fellowship Programme is 1 September. Successful applicants are required to be in Yokohama by this date. Residency in Yokohama for the full duration of the fellowship is required.
•   Fellows are provided with their own desk in a dedicated study room in the Institute, administrative support and desktop computing. Fellows have access to the UNU Library in Tokyo which includes an excellent collection of UN documents. They also have access via the UNU Library to various Japanese university libraries and computer databases. A limited range of other, more specialised computer hardware and software may also be available.
•   The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY260,000 from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted (see below). A one-time-only settle-in-allowance of JPY 80,000 will be granted to each Fellow at the beginning of the programme for relocation, adjustment expenses, ground transportation and incidental costs. UNU-IAS provides Fellows with a return air ticket between his/her country of residence and Narita Airport.  Settle-in-allowance and air tickets are, however, not provided for Fellows already residing in Japan before the commencement of the fellowship.
•   Fellows carry out their research in Yokohama under the supervision of a UNU-IAS faculty member and/or affiliated UNU-IAS network scholars. Fellows will spend about half of their working hours on their dissertation and the remaining half assisting the Institute's projects and activities.


Ph.D. Fellows will be provided with accommodation by UNU-IAS (within 30 minute walk from the Institute). Usage charges other than utilities (electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.) are as follows:
            Single room apartment (for one person)         JPY80,000 or more per month   
            Twin room apartment (for couples)                JPY130,000 or more per month

Starting Date and Deadline for Applications

The UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship Programme begins on 1 September and the selected Fellows are required to be in Japan by this date. The deadline for applications for the 2011 Fellowships is 28 February 2011.

To Apply

Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online-application form. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact us (see the contacts below). The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If the supporting document is in another language, please also attach an English translation.

Source: UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship Programme at University of United Nations.