Vacancies
Visiting PhD Fellowship

Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students an 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. Deadline for applications is 31 October 23:59 UTC+2.

PhD Fellowship Programme

Visiting PhD fellows typically spend three consecutive months at UNU-WIDER before returning to their home institution. In 2022 the programme aims at being in person but might move online or hybrid depending on the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. During programme, 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.

You can read about previous experiences from the programme, here.

Selection criteria

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

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.

Financial assistance

When the fellowship is undertaken in Helsinki, 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 1,750 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their fellowship. The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme twice each year in the spring and autumn. When applying in October, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period of March-June in 2022. 

Selected applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline. The selected applicants must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER's offer two weeks after being contacted.

If you are interested in participating in this programme you should complete and submit the application form. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor will need to provide UNU-WIDER with a letter of reference, which should be emailed (by your supervisor) to the following address: phdreference@wider.unu.edu. The reference letter will also be used to certify that you are enrolled in a PhD programme at your university.

Please note we do not receive applications by email or post. 

Contact

If you have questions about the programme or you experience any problems with your online application, please first check our questions and answers page. If you are still experiencing problems please contact us at the following email address: phdfellow@wider.unu.edu

Please note that replies may take up to five working days.