UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship Programme for International Researchers in Japan, 2014

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Applications are invited for UNU-IAS PhD Fellowship Programme to candidates in the last stages of their dissertation process. One or two PhD Fellowships are awarded each year for a period of 12 months, starting in September. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Fellows carry out their research in Japan under the supervision of a UNU-IAS faculty member. Fellows will spend about half of their working hours on their dissertation and the remaining half assisting the Institute’s projects and activities.

Study Subject (s): Research proposals for UNU-IAS PhD Fellowships should therefore relate clearly to one of the current research areas of the Institute, as well as aim to be policy relevant. Research proposals are invited in Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies, Sustainable Urban Futures, Biodiplomacy Initiative, Sustainable Development Governance, Traditional Knowledge Initiative and Marine/Coastal Governance and Urban Biodiversity (UNU-IAS OUIK).
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD research program.
Scholarship Provider: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility: Applicants must be at the dissertation writing stage of their PhD with a research proposal accepted by the candidate’s university. Language proficiency in English is essential. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Fellows carry out their research in Japan under the supervision of a UNU-IAS faculty member. Fellows will spend about half of their working hours on their dissertation and the remaining half assisting the Institute’s projects and activities.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International applicants can apply for these PhD fellowships. Applicants from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Description: UNU-IAS offers PhD Fellowships to candidates in the last stages of their dissertation process to broaden their perspectives to other related scientific fields, and to expose them to international policy-making circles. So far, more than 90 Fellows from some 50 countries have passed through the PhD Fellowship Programme. Of those completing the programme, about one third have been women, and developing country participants have outnumbered developed country participants.

Number of award(s): One or two PhD Fellowships are awarded each year.

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months, starting in September.

What does it cover? The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY260,000. A one-time-only settle-in-allowance of JPY 80,000 will be granted to each fellow at the beginning of the programme for relocation, adjustment expenses, ground transportation and incidental costs. UNU-IAS provides fellows with a return air ticket between his/her country of residence and Narita Airport. Settle-in-allowance and air tickets are, however, not provided for fellows already residing in Japan before the commencement of the fellowship. 

Selection Criteria: Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria: (i) The research objectives of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal; (ii) the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant’s selected Research Programme at UNU-IAS; (iii) the applicant’s academic merit and the potential for successful research while at UNU-IAS.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online-application form. If applicants do not have access to the Internet, please contact the University. The online form and the required documents indicated in the form must be in English. If the supporting document is in another language, please also attach an English translation.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications for the 2014 fellowships is 15 March 2014.

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