UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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UNU-IAS (United Nations University-Institute of Advance Studies) offers Postdoctoral Fellowships for recent PhD graduates to provide them the opportunity to put the knowledge and expertise acquired during their doctoral research to practical policy-relevant use.

So far, nearly 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 fellowship programme provides the successful applicant with a unique opportunity to:

  • develop and advance their research under the supervision of a UNU-IAS faculty member and contribute to the overall research agenda of the Institute,
  • widen their research interests and professional networks by working in the international and multi-disciplinary context of UNU-IAS,
  • and with its wider network of Japanese universities and research institutes,
  • as well as international collaborators,
  • become exposed to the workings of the international and multilateral policy process and the broader UN system,
  • and link with other UNU-IAS and UNU PhD and Postdoctoral fellows.

    The Scholarship

  • Fellows are provided with their own desk in a dedicated study room in the Institute, administrative support and desktop computing.
  • Fellows have access to the UNU Library in Tokyo which includes an excellent collection of UN documents.
  • They also have access via the UNU Library to various Japanese university libraries and computer databases.
  • A limited range of other, more specialized computer hardware and software may also be available.
  • The fellowship provides for a monthly stipend of JPY290,000 from which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted (see below).
  • A one-time only installment of JPY 80,000 will be granted to each fellow at the beginning of the programme for adjustment expenses and incidental costs.
  • UNU-IAS provides fellows with a return air ticket between his/her country of residence and Narita Airport.


  • Postdoctoral Fellows will be provided accommodation by UNU-IAS (within 30 minute walk from the Institute).
  • The accommodation is furnished and includes kitchen and bathroom facilities. 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

    Twin room apartment (for couples) JPY130,000 or more per month

    Field of Research

  • Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies
  • Sustainable Urban Futures
  • Biodiplomacy Initiative
  • Sustainable Development Governance

    Eligibility and Conditions

  • Applicants must have obtained a Ph.D. (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.
  • UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded for a period of 10 months. The starting date of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is 1 September. Successful applicants are required to be in Yokohama by this date. Residency in Yokohama for the full duration of the fellowship is required.
  • The UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme begins on 1 September and the selected fellows are required to be in Japan by this date.

    Application Deadline; Annually.

    For More Information and Application, Please Visit; UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Website

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