UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme for Researchers of Developing Countries in Japan, 2014

Each year UNU-IAS offers postdoctoral fellowships for researchers from developing countries. Especially women are encouraged to apply. Around two fellowships are offered for a period of 12 months. The Fellows are resident at UNU-IAS in Tokyo for the full term of the fellowship. The starting date of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is 1 September. Successful applicants are required to be in Japan by this date. The application deadline for the 2014 Fellowships is 15 March 2014.

Study Subject(s): Research proposals are invited in the following areas: Sustainability Science, Environmental Governance (Biodiversity), Cities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Science and Technology for SDG.
Course Level: Fellowship is offered for pursuing postdoctoral research program.
Scholarship Provider: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained a PhD (or at least successfully defended their doctoral dissertation), in an area broadly associated with the UNU-IAS thematic focus, prior to the application deadline. Language proficiency in English is essential. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Description: In April 1996, the UN Secretary–General inaugurated UNU-IAS as an in–house community of scholars mandated to research issues located at the intersection between societal and natural systems. The Institute’s mission is to advance knowledge and to promote learning for policy making to meet the challenges of sustainable development. As an advanced studies institute, UNU-IAS is forward-looking and multidisciplinary. Since October 2000, UNU-IAS offers Postdoctoral Fellowships for recent PhD graduates to provide them with the opportunity to put the knowledge and expertise acquired during their doctoral research to practical policy-relevant use. So far, over 40 Fellows from some 20 countries have passed through the Postdoctoral 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): Around two Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded each year.

Duration of award(s): UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship is awarded for a period of 12 months.

What does it cover? The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY300,000- 360,000 (depending on experience). 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:
– the research objectives of the applicant and the quality of the research proposal,
-the relevance of the research proposal to the ongoing or planned research activities of the applicant’s selected Research Programme at UNU-IAS, and
-the applicant’s academic merit and the potential for successful research while at UNU-IAS.

Notifications: After the initial review of all completed applications, short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview.

How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates are invited to complete the online-application. 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 is 15th March 2014.

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