Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    UTC +9

    Organizational Unit: UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

    UNU-IIGH is one of 14 research and training centres that comprise the UNU system. As a UN think tank, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programmes, and Member States about global health issues. The aim is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of “no one is left behind”.

    The Postdoctoral Fellowship programme at UNU-IIGH aims to provide an opportunity for candidates who have recently (within the past 5 years) graduated with a PhD to expand their career beyond their scientific disciplines. UNU-IIGH offers an excellent multicultural environment for recent PhD graduates to interact with scholars from different countries and diverse academic backgrounds.

    To that end, we are looking for postdoctoral researchers who will work with UNU-IIGH research fellows, relevant partners, and stakeholders on interdisciplinary programmes in global public health that address issues of marginalisation from access to health and health care (age and ageing, gender, forced migration, indigeneity, geography, universal health coverage, global health governance, reproductive health, and human rights).

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    The Fellowship programme is open to candidates who demonstrate that they can contribute to the ongoing research projects in the Institute. It offers a 12-month residency with a monthly stipend for the duration of the fellowship. During the fellowship, the fellow is expected to actively participate in the research and academic activities of the Institute


    Applicants must have finished a PhD no longer than 5 years preceding the start of the fellowship. Language proficiency in English is essential. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants will make use of the UNU-IIGH facilities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to: (i) work on project/s assigned by the host research fellow, and (ii) participate in other academic activities of the institute. The fellows will also participate in regular in-house discussions and seminars at the Institute.

    Application process

    Please submit a cover letter, indicating your interests and motivation to work on one or more of the areas of interest of UNU-IIGH.

    Applications for 2018 fellowships are now open. The deadline for application is 4.00 pm (Malaysian local time time), 31 January 2018.

    Applicants are requested to download and complete the UNU P-11 form. Please quote the reference number (2017/UNU/IIGH/FELLOWSHIP/94) and state “UNU-IIGH Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018” in the section “What post are you applying for?”

    Please submit all the documents below to

    • completed and signed UNU P-11 form
    • cover letter outlining your motivation and how you would contribute to any of the Institute’s focus areas over the 12-month Postdoctoral Fellowship
    • an abstract of your current PhD research/dissertation
    • a sample of your recent publication (in English)
    • 2 references to support your application; one must come from one of your PhD supervisors
    • scanned copy of your passport details page

    Be sure to state “Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018″ with your name in the subject of the email.

    Note that only completed applications received by the deadline will be considered. We will acknowledge receipt of your application via email.



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