UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme

The Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in areas of mutual interest. Deadline for applications is 31 March 23:59 UTC+3.

Note on the impact of COVID on the programme

After being online in 2020 and 2021, the Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme will take place in Helsinki again (provided it is possible to travel to Finland and work at the office, otherwise it will take place online or in a hybrid mode).

Applications for visits during September-November 2022 takes place in March 2022 as usual.

About the programme

Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students the opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in areas of mutual interest. 

Visiting PhD fellows typically spend three consecutive months at UNU-WIDER before returning to their home institution. In 2022 the programme aims at being in person but might move online or hybrid depending on the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. During programme, fellows prepare one or more research papers and present a seminar on their research findings. They may also have the opportunity to publish their research in the WIDER Working Paper Series.


Summer School on „Differentiated Integration“ for Master’s students and recent graduates

TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association) invites you to take part in a 5-day summer school on the state of play and future scenarios for Differentiated Integration in the European Union. The summer school will take place in person in Brussels, at the heart of EU politics, and will offer 20 Master students and graduates an opportunity to gain first-hand insights from leading academics, EU officials and think tankers.

Deadline for applications: 24 April (midnight).

Differentiated integration is a form of European integration in which not all Member States participate in all policies to the same degree and at the same time. It allows interested countries to move forward with integration while granting temporary or permanent exceptions to countries unable or unwilling to comply. Examples include the Schengen area, the Euro, or Permanent Structured Cooperation in security matters. DI is not only an academic concept – the European Commission’s 2017 White Paper on the Future of Europe identified it as one of the possible scenarios for the EU’s future (“Those who want more do more”).

Coordinated by leading Differentiated Integration expert Frank Schimmelfennig (ETH Zürich & TEPSA), the summer school offers a unique combination of theory and practice, with lectures by renowned academics, meetings with policy practitioners as well as a hands-on simulation exercise.


The DiCE summer school is open to Master’s students and recent graduates from different disciplines (e.g. Political Science, European Studies, International Relations, Law, Economics and more). 

To apply please send the following documents to TEPSA’s Project Manager Giulia Bonacquisti – giulia.bonacquisti[at]tepsa.eu:

  • Your CV
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation to participate in the summer school (max. 1 page)

Applications are open to both EU and non-EU citizens. The deadline for applications is Sunday 24 April 2022 (midnight).


Participation in the summer school is free of charge. Participants will receive a reimbursement for their travel and accommodation costs up to EUR 450 upon presentation of the original receipts and tickets. In preparation for the simulation exercise, participants will be assigned negotiating roles and will be asked to prepare a position paper to be handed in one week before the start of the summer school. 

The summer school is organised by TEPSA under the academic lead of Prof. Frank Schimmelfennig, Professor of European Politics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and TEPSA Board member, and in cooperation with Prof. Michael Kaeding, Professor for European Integration and European Union Politics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. It takes place in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project “DiCE – Differentiation: Clustering Excellence”.