United Nations University WIDER Visiting Scholars Programme for Africans

Deadline: September 30, 2013

The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) invites applications for its Visiting Scholars Programme, which gives qualified scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and/or global economic issues, and to participate in UNU-WIDER activities. Scholars typically spend a 2-3 months ‘sabbatical’ at UNU-WIDER. During this time they, prepare one or more papers to be considered for publication in the WIDER working paper series, and present a seminar in their field of research.

In collaboration with the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), UNU-WIDER has a number of Visiting Scholar positions reserved for researchers from African countries who are based at either African or non-African institutions. If eligible, you will automatically be designated as a potential AERC grant recipient.


  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in economics or a development-related discipline. A good publication record is an added advantage. For some places in the programme, preference is given to female candidates and applicants from developing countries.
  • Applicants whose research overlaps with the UN-WIDER current research programme are preferred, but generally applications remain open to proposals on all aspects of development.

Financial assistance

  • UNU-WIDER provides medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of EUR 2,500 as a contribution towards travel, accommodation and other out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Developing country scholars may apply for a supplementary grant to cover high travel costs. Health insurance should be arranged privately by the candidates.
  • The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

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