The PhD Internship Programme of the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) gives doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the Institute’s resources and facilities for their PhD dissertation or thesis research. PhD interns typically spend 2–3 months at UNU-WIDER , working with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.
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 UNU-WIDER’s working paper series.
Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown an ability to conduct research on developing economies. Candidates working in other social sciences may apply, but keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute. Applicants whose research overlaps with UNU-WIDER’s current research programme are preferred, but proposals on all aspects of development will be considered.
Preference will be given to applicants who are living or working in developing countries. Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills.
In collaboration with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), UNU-WIDER reserves a number of PhD Internship positions for economists from African countries. Applicants who are eligible, will be automatically designated as a potential AERC grant recipient (and successful applicants will be asked to apply to become a member of the AERC network).
The programme provides a travel grant, a monthly stipend of EUR 1,500 during the period of the internship, and medical insurance, (Health insurance must be arranged privately by each candidate.)
Note that UNU-WIDER accepts applications for its PhD Internship Programme only twice each year (March and September). The next deadline for submission of applications is 30 September 2013.
Short-listed applicants will be informed by e-mail of the final decision by the end of OCtober, and must confirm their decision to take up UNU-WIDER’s offer two weeks after being contacted.
For more information, or to access the online application form, please see the Apply for UNU-WIDER’s PhD Internship Programme page on the UNU-WIDER website.