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United Nation University (UNU-WIDER) 2020-2021 Visiting PhD Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students

The UNU-WIDER 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.

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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. Over the period 2019�23 UNU-WIDER research will focus on the i... read more


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UNU-WIDER) PhD Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of UNU-WIDER) PhD Scholarship

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 1,650 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their fellowship. The programme does not provide services or cover expenses related to dependents.


Requirements for UNU-WIDER) PhD Scholarship Qualification

  1. 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.
  2. Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills. 
  3. Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.
  4. The programme is especially addressed at researchers at later stages of their PhD.
  5. 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.

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Application Deadline

March 21, 2020


How to Apply

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme twice each year. When applying in September, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER for three months in the period of March-June of the following year and when applying in March, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER for three months during September-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

For more details, visit UNU-WIDER website



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