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.


Fifteen funded PhD positions in SDG related research

Fifteen funded PhD positions are available in the European Joint Doctorate programme “Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” (ADAPTED)

The European Joint Doctorate ADAPTED is a consortium of European Universities, important internationally active European development organisations and think tanks and six African partner universities. It has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 956909

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (coordinator) and its partner universities in the EU and Turkey, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in partnership with Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France are currently recruiting 15 PhD candidates. The project’s overall goal is to deliver high-level training with intersectoral relevance in validating pathways towards poverty eradication, analysing interactions between poverty reduction and other policy areas and optimising the impact of poverty reduction policies.

Applications are welcome until 31 March 2021. Detailed information is available via the ADAPTED website at http://www.adapted-eu.org.

Vacancy at United Nations University: PhD Researcher — Innovation in Environmental Resources

PhD Researcher “Barriers to the Adaptation and Implementation of Innovations related to Environmental Resources (water-soil-waste-energy) in Sub-Saharan Africa – the Case of Germany.”

With no shortage of new ideas and innovations related to environmental resources, adapting and implanting these is vital to solving the environmental issues faced in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). As technological solutions are available in Germany, socio-economic barriers are challenging a successful implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Germany recognizes these challenges and understands that the research landscape remains sparse.

In order to overcome this knowledge gap, UNIDO through the ITPO in Bonn and UNU-FLORES are joining forces to contribute through research to the resolution of pressing challenges in the area of sustainable use and integrated management of environmental resources (water, soil and waste and energy), particularly in developing and transitional countries. The PHD study will take the perspective of German companies and research their collaborative activities with enterprises in SSA to implement innovations related to water, soil, waste and energy.

UNU-FLORES pays a monthly stipend of EUR 1566 for up to three years. Funding is provided by UNIDO ITPO Germany. The successful candidate will be employed under a Personnel Service Agreement based in Dresden, Germany.

Deadline for the submission of applications: 1 November 2020

You can find the full announcement under https://unu.edu/about/hr/academic/phd-researcher-3.html#overview