United Nations University Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme 2020

Application is open for the United Nations University Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme 2020. The programme gives qualified scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues, and to participate in UNU-WIDER activities.

The deadline for application is September 30th, 2019.

Scholars typically spend a 2-3 months ‘sabbatical’ at UNU-WIDER. During this time they prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the WIDER working paper series, and present a seminar in their field of research.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have a PhD degree in economics or a development-related discipline. A good publication record is an added advantage. Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.

We prefer applicants whose research overlaps with our current research programme, but we remain open to proposals on all aspects of development.

Financial assistance

UNU-WIDER provides medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 2,750 as a contribution towards travel, visa, accommodation and other out-of-pocket expenses.

 Visiting scholars may apply for a supplementary grant to cover high travel costs (incl. visa) if they exceed EUR 1,200 (lowest economy class fare). The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship Application procedure

You will be required to upload in PDF format

  • your Research Proposal
  • your Curriculum Vitae – CV (add list of principal publications, if applicable (please include co-authors, year, title and publisher)

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form online. Click here to apply

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.

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. If you experience problems with uploading this document then it can be emailed to the following address:

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


If you have questions about the visiting scholars programme that are not answered on this page, or if you experience any problems with your online application, contact us at the following email address:

Please note that replies may take up to five working days.

For more details about the fellowship programme, kindly visit the official webpage

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