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United Nations University 2021-2022 Postgraduate scholarships in Sustainability Science for Developing Countries

The UNU’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) offers an MSc degree program and a PhD degree program to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the field of sustainability science. The Japan Foundation offers the UNU Scholarship for outstanding applicants from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

UNU-IAS offers master’s and doctoral degree programmes focused on sustainability. The programmes aim to produce the policymakers and researchers of tomorrow, who will be at the forefront of global efforts towards a more sustainable future.

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The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. In carrying out this mission, the UN University works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United ... read more


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UNU-IAS Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of UNU-IAS Masters Scholarship

The JFUNU scholarship provides a monthly allowance of 120,000 JPY* for living expenses for a maximum of 24 months. However, travel costs to and from Japan, visa handling fees, and health/accident insurance costs must be covered by the student. The tuition fees are fully waived for the scholarship recipients.
The amount of monthly allowance has been changed to 120,000 JPY effective 2017.


UNU-IAS Masters Scholarship Courses


Requirements for UNU-IAS Masters Scholarship Qualification

  1. Applicants must be from developing countries* who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  2. Applicants who are currently living in Japan under a working visa are NOT eligible for the scholarship.
  3. Applicants who want to pursue a second PhD degree at UNU-IAS are not eligible for the scholarship.

Developing countries included in the latest OECD DAC list.


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Application Deadline

February 26, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations University on ias.unu.edu to apply

Important note:

  1. All application forms must be typed and filled out in English. No handwritten or incomplete application documents will be considered.
  2. All materials and documents submitted as part of an application become the property of UNU-IAS and cannot be returned.
  3. If any falsification is discovered in any of the documents presented for application, admission will be revoked.
  4. Unsuccessful applicants of previous years who reapply for admission must submit a completely new set of application documents, including letters of reference. No previous application materials will act as supporting resource.

For more details, visit UNU website



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