UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research – Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme

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Visiting PhD Fellowship – an opportunity to further your thesis in an international research institute. 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.

During their time in Helsinki, 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.

Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme twice each year. Deadlines for submission of applications are 31 March and 30 September 23:59 UTC+3 each year. When applying in September, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period of February-June of the following year and when applying in March, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period of August-November of the same year.

Please note that the link to the online application form will only become active one month prior to the submission deadline (e.g., application procedures start on 1 March and 1 September of each year).

Selected applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER’s offer two weeks after being contacted.

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form.

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor will need to provide UNU-WIDER with a letter of reference, which should be emailed (by your supervisor) to the following address: phdreference(at)wider.unu.edu. The reference letter will also be used to certify that you are enrolled in a PhD programme at your university.

Please note we do not receive applications by email or post.


30 years of research excellence

Last year UNU-WIDER celebrated 30 years of independent and interdisciplinary research. The Institute provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable.

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all.

The Institute began operations over 30 years ago in Helsinki, Finland, as the first research centre of the United Nations University. Today it is a unique blend of think tank, research institute, and UN agency – providing a range of services from policy advice to governments as well as freely available original research.

Our mission

To undertake research and policy analysis on the most pressing concerns affecting the living conditions of the world’s poorest people.
To provide a forum for knowledge sharing, discussion and debate between researchers and development professionals on how to achieve equitable, gender-balanced, and environmentally sustainable policies.
To offer capacity-building and training for researchers and decision makers in economics and social development
The Institute is funded through an endowment fund with additional contributions from Denmark, Finland, Norway, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Description of Ideal Candidate:
Selection criteria

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown ability to conduct research on developing economies.
Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute.
Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills.
Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.
The programme is especially addressed at researchers at later stages of their PhD.
The Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme is highly competitive and only a limited number of fellows can be accepted. In recent years, one percent of all applications have been successful.

Financial assistance

UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant to cover the costs of travel to and from the location of your PhD granting institution, medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 1,600 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their fellowship.
The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

To apply for this job please visit www.wider.unu.edu.

To apply for this job please visit www.wider.unu.edu.

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