Japan: PhD Fellowships, The United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies

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1. Introduction

of the objectives of UNU-IAS is to provide young scientists with an
opportunity to expand their intellectual vision beyond the single
scientific field that they may be engaged in. UNU-IAS offers an
excellent environment for young scholars to work on their research in
an international environment and among a complementary group of fellow
scholars. In addition to the UNU-IAS in-house research facilities such
as globally-linked computer and information systems, the faculty of
UNU-IAS, and visiting professors provide substantial opportunities for
individual and group discussion and debate on multidisciplinary
approaches to research problems and findings.

The Ph.D.
Fellowship programme targets two Ph.D. candidates from educational
institutions around the world who can benefit from a period of stay of
up to ten months at UNU-IAS. With a view to strengthening capacity
building in developing countries, students from developing countries —
particularly from developing country institutions — are especially
encouraged to apply. In this respect, UNU-IAS Fellowship Awards offer
financial and material support necessary for the successful completion
of doctoral research that is closely related to UNU-IAS’ own Research
Programmes. The students participate in regular in-house discussions
and seminars and contribute to the UNU-IAS Working Paper Series.

2. Eligibility

Applicants must be at the dissertation writing stage of their Ph.D.
with a research proposal accepted by the candidate’s university and
able to make use of the UNU-IAS facilities in Yokohama to carry out
their research. Research topics should relate clearly to one of the
following current research areas of the UNU-IAS:

  1. Biodiplomacy
    Biodiplomacy Initiative (BI) is a multifaceted approach to supporting
    international, regional and national processes concerning development
    and implementation of law and policy relating to conservation and use
    of biodiversity, access to genetic resources and benefit sharing,
    protection of traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights,
    bioethics, biosafety and biosecurity. The BI includes policy research,
    outreach and capacity building activities.
  2. Sustainable Development Governance
    on the governance and effectiveness of institutions for sustainable
    development, interlinkages/interplay between MEAs, both at global and
    regional levels; ethics and the role of environmental principles in
    international governance, WTO and sustainable development in developing
    countries, development of markets and policies for environmental goods
    and services, WTO and investment in developing countries, and impacts
    of WTO accession on sustainable development particularly sectoral
    analysis on health, welfare, poverty reduction, culture and environment.
  3. Science Policy for Sustainable Development
    Studies on policy issues related to the implementation of technology
    transfer provisions of Convention on Biological Diversity
    (CBD),International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and
    Agriculture (ITPGRFA), and the United Nations Convention to Combat
    Desertification (UNCCD); country case studies and best practices in
    biotechnology development and transfer in developing countries context;
    policy studies on the application of science and technology for
    achieving the millennium Development Goals, particularly in regard to
    poverty alleviation in Africa; institutional innovations in linking
    science and technology with the development process in developing
  4. Ecosystems & People
    Studies on the linkages between human well-being and ecosystems;
    poverty and environment; poverty reductions strategies/Millennium
    Development Goals related to environment; pro-poor markets for
    ecosystem services, roles of MEAs in improving human well-being; and
    ecosystem assessment leading towards integrated policy making;
    particularly focused on the development of training and teaching
    materials for policymakers in these areas. Also, this programme has an
    existing concentration on Urban Ecosystems – including the application
    of the ecosystem approach to the study and management of cities.
    Current priorities include exploring the drivers of urban environmental
    and ecosystem change, urban metabolism and other ecosystem approaches
    to understanding cities. The programme is also exploring the relevance
    and effectiveness of ecosystem approach influenced policies as they are
    applied to urban regions.
  5. Education for Sustainable Development
    Further development and implementation of the UNU strategy to promote
    education for sustainable development (EfSD) and the Decade of
    Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), which started in January
    2005. Possible topic for research may include, for instance, case
    studies of Regional Centers of Expertise (RCE) on EfSD regarding their
    development processes and success factors, development of curricula for
    priority topics on EfSD etc. An RCE is a group of organizations that
    deliver education for sustainable development at regional and local
    levels. Research may document how an RCE is developed to translate and
    articulate a global vision of education for sustainable development
    into the context of the local community in which it operates, thereby
    critically examining whether an RCE can serve as a platform to promote
    dialogues among EfSD stakeholders towards locally relevant and
    culturally appropriate EfSD.

Where appropriate, applicants should be competent in scientific
research methodologies and computer-based analysis. Language
proficiency in English is essential. Applicants from developing
countries are particularly encouraged to apply.

3. Conditions of the Fellowship

period of fellowship is approximately ten months. Fellows are provided
with their own desk within a dedicated Ph.D. Fellow Study Room in the
Institute. Each Fellow will be provided with a networked PC with full
Internet access, including an individual e-mail account. A limited
range of other, more specialized computer hardware and software may
also be available.

Fellows have access to the UNU Centre
Library in Tokyo, which includes an excellent collection of UN
documents. Ph.D. Fellows will have access via the UNU Centre Library to
various Japanese university libraries and computer database.

The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of 260,000 Japanese yen, from
which a monthly usage charge for accommodation is deducted (see below).
A one-time only installment of 80,000 yen will be granted to each
fellow at the commencement of the programme for adjustment expenses and
incidental costs.

Fellows carry out their research in Yokohama
under the supervision of a UNU-IAS faculty member and/or affiliated
UNU-IAS network scholars. Selected fellows will spend about half of
their working hours on their dissertation and remaining half will be
spent assisting the Institute’s projects and activities.

4. Accommodation

Fellows will be provided accommodations by UNU-IAS, located in Yokohama
City, 30 minutes from the Institute. The accommodations are furnished
and include kitchen and bathroom facilities. Usage charges other than
utilities (electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.) are as follows:

Single room apartment (for one person) 80,000 yen or more per month
Twin room apartment (for couples) 130,000 yen or more per month

5. Getting to Japan

UNU-IAS provides fellows with return air tickets between his/her country of residence and Narita Airport.

6. Starting Date and Deadline for Applications

Ph.D. fellows are selected once a year to begin on 1 October. Selected fellows are required to be in Yokohama by this date.

The deadline for applications for the 2006 Fellowships is 12 May 2006.

7. Admission Procedures

Completed application form must be received by post on or before 12 May 2006 to the address below:

Ph.D. Fellowship Programme
United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
6F, International Organizations Center, Pacifico-Yokohama
1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-8502 Japan
Fax: +81-45-221-2303

Application forms are available for download as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Portable Document Format (.pdf ) files. The application form can also be obtained through email fellowships@ias.unu.edu.

In addition to the application form, the following documents in English or with English translation must be submitted:

  1. Certified copies of academic transcripts
  2. Detailed Ph.D. research proposal and chapter outline (an early chapter, if available, may also be submitted)
  3. Two publication samples (if unavailable, please send two chapters from your dissertation)
  4. Two original supporting letters of reference
  5. Evidence
    of English language proficiency (only required if Ph.D. dissertation is
    not to be submitted in English) eg. TOEFL score, certificate of


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