The United Nations University Office at the UN (UNU-ONY) and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) have together established a Junior Research Fellowship Programme, giving outstanding candidates from SIPA the chance to work closely with UNU researchers and contribute directly to UN policy development initiatives. The UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellowship was established by UNU-ONY in close collaboration with the SIPA UN Studies Program led by Professor Elisabeth Lindenmayer. UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellows are recruited through a competitive application process from current, graduating, or recently-graduated SIPA students.
The underlying principles of the Junior Research Fellowship Programme at the UNU Office at the UN are centered on creating a dynamic, challenging, and rewarding experience for graduate-level students and young professionals. Junior Research Fellows serve as an integral part of the research team of the UNU Office at the UN. They can expect to gain valuable work experience and exposure to UN policy discussions while contributing in meaningful ways to UNU’s mission, through research, drafting, and editorial assistance.
The purpose of the Junior Research Fellowship Programme at the UNU Office at the UN is:
Participants in this programme have the opportunity to engage in a number of ongoing research initiatives that provide a unique window into the work of the UNU’s Office at the UN. Past UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellows have worked on issues to do with the work of the United Nations on demobilisation of armed groups, forced labour, and counter-terrorism. For the Fall/Winter term of 2015, the fellowship will focus on modern slavery and human trafficking.
Below is a list of programme alumni , alongside information on their respective function. This should should provide prospective candidates with an understanding of what they could expect after their time at the UNU.
Juliette Faure, Assistant Director for Sovereign and Government Fund Relations, Sovereign Investor Institute (New York)
Franziska Seethaler, Research Consultant, United Nations University Office at the UN (New York)
UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellows produce a research paper at the culmination of their Fellowship as part of the UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellowship Paper Series. Below is a list of publications from this series:
Juliette Faure, “Forced Labour: Does it Make Economic Sense?“, UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellowship Paper Series Number 01, October 2015
Franziska Seethaler, “Measuring the Impacts of Security Interventions: An Introduction“, UNU/SIPA Junior Research Fellowship Paper Series Number 02, October 2015
This Junior Research Fellowship Progamme is open only to current or graduated students of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Details of application procedures are announced at regular intervals through SIPA channels.
Ms. Leni Kinzli
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