United Nations University PhD Internship Program (Fully funded)

 Phd Progarmme


Deadline: 31 March

The United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) PhD Internship Program is inviting doctoral students around the world to apply for a fully funded opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

PhD interns typically spend 3 consecutive months at UNU-WIDER and are expected to return to their home institution afterwards. During their time in Helsinki, PhD interns prepare one or more research papers and present a seminar on their research findings. PhD interns may also have the opportunity to publish their research in the WIDER Working Paper Series.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants have to be currently enrolled in a PhD programme
  • Applicants must have demonstrated the ability to conduct research on developing economies
  • Fluency in oral and written English is necessary
  • Good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills
  • Candidates working in developing countries and those who are at later stages of the PhD will be preferred

Financial assistance

  • Travel Grant (from and to the location)
  • Medical insurance
  • Monthly stipend: EUR 1,600

Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the PhD Internship Programme twice each year. Deadlines for submission of applications are 31 March and 30 September 23:59 UTC+3 each year. When applying in September, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period February-June of the following year and when applying in March, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period August-November of the same year.

Please note that the link to the online application form will only become active one month prior to the submission deadline (e.g., application procedures start on 1 March and 1 September of each year).

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(at)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.


If you have questions about the internship programme that are not answered on this page, or if you experience any problems with your online application, contact us at the following email address: interns1(at)wider.unu.edu

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

Find out more on the official website

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