United Nations University IAS PhD Fellowships (Japan)

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.

One or two PhD Fellowships are awarded each year for a period of 12 months, starting in September. The Fellows are resident at UNU-IAS in Yokohama, Japan for the full term of the fellowship. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY260,000 from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted (see below). 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.


Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies

Sustainable Urban Futures

Biodiplomacy Initiative

Sustainable Development Governance

Traditional Knowledge Initiative


* you are at the dissertation writing stage of your PhD with a research proposal accepted by your university.

* proficient in English

* Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.


[1] Fill out the online application form here:

[2] Curriculum Vitae

[3] Your most significant publication as sole author and list of other publications

[4] Past Research and Achievements (1000 words maximum)

[5] Proposal for Research in Japan (1000 words maximum)

[6] If PhD dissertation is not written in English, provide certificate English proficiency (TOEFL scores, IELTS scores etc.)

[7] two references

[8] A brief explanation of how your qualifications and research proposal meet the requirements and objective of the fellowship

[9] Reasons for applying and how your research would contribute to the ongoing UNU project(s)


February 28, 2011


For more information, please visit the website:

Ph.D. Fellowship Programme
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
6F, International Organizations Center
1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8502

Email: fellowships@ias.unu.edu

Fax: +81-45-221-2303

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