Two PhD scholarships available for developing country nationals

  • 2012•02•20     Maastricht

    The joint PhD programme of the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) and UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) provides multidisplinary training in the knowledge and skills most relevant to public policy analysis and the economics of technology and innovation. This Maastricht-based programme, taught in English, starts on 1 September each year. The programme offers specializations leading to a PhD (accredited by Maastricht University) in Public Policy and Policy Analysis at MGSoG or in Economics and Policy Studies of Technical Change at UNU-MERIT.

    In 2012, a new United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Specialization on Structural Change & Industrialization will be offered. Students from developing countries and countries in economic transition who are willing to conduct PhD research in one of the priority topics indicated below, and undertake a compulsory 3- to 6-month internship at UNIDO in Vienna, will be considered for two joint UNIDO/UNU-MERIT Scholarships. The two scholarship recipients will receive a tuition waiver, coverage for research expenses and healthcare, and a monthly stipend.

    The scholarship recipients will be required to submit research proposals and conduct PhD research in areas that reflect contemporary industrial development issues, such as: (i) the impact of industrialization on productivity, employment and equitable inclusive growth; (ii) ongoing industrial process, including the decoupling of industrial value chain tasks; (iii) processes of inter- and intra-sectoral structural change and their determinants; (iv) processes associated with industrial technological change (e.g., innovation, transfer and diffusion); (v) the emergence of new players in industrial production and trade; or (vi) matters related to industrial policy issues, dynamics and determinants of sustainable industrial development in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, including environmental concerns, energy efficiency and green industry-related issues.

    The application deadline is 1 April 2012. For more information, please see the PhD Scholarships announcement on the UNU-MERIT website.