UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme

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UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme

Each year UNU-IAS offers postdoctoral fellowships for researchers of developing countries in Japan. Especially women are encouraged to apply. Around two fellowships are offered for a period of 12 months. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY 300,000- 360,000 after deduction of accommodation charges. A onetime allowance of JPY 80,000 will also be granted for relocation, adjustment expenses, and ground transportation and incidental costs. The deadline for applications for the 2013 Fellowships is 28th February 2013.
 
Study Subject(s): 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, Marine/Coastal Governance and Urban Biodiversity (UNU-IAS OUIK)
Course Level: This fellowship is offered for pursuing postdoctoral 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. The Fellows are resident at UNU-IAS in Yokohama or UNU-IAS OUIK in Kanazawa, Japan for the full term of the fellowship. This gives them the opportunity to gain from the broader research programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences arranged by UNU-IAS. The Institute’s close links with Japanese affiliated professors and visiting professors from key universities and think tanks in Japan also allow Fellows to link into the broader Japanese academic and research community.
 
Number of award(s): Around two Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded each year.
 
Duration of award(s): UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded for a period of 12 months
 
What does it cover? The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of JPY 300,000- 360,000 (depending on experience) from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted. 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, and 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. Postdoctoral Fellows will be provided accommodation by UNU-IAS. Usage charges other than utilities (electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.) are as follows: Single room apartment (for one person)- JPY80,000 or more per month and Twin room apartment (for couples) – JPY130,000 or more per month.
 
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, and
(iii) the applicant’s academic merit and the potential for successful research while at UNU-IAS.
 
Notifications: Short-listed candidates will be contacted for a telephone interview and request of reference letters. The final result for the 2013 fellowships will be announced in May 2013.
 
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.

Deadline: The deadline for applications for the 2013 Fellowships is 28th February 2013.

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