PhD Research Internships at United Nations University, Helsinki

PhD Research Internships at United Nations University, Helsinki

Deadline: September 30, 2014

The United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) offers internships to doctoral students worldwide. The PhD Internship Programme gives doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

PhD interns typically spend 2-3 months at UNU-WIDER and return to their home institution afterwards. 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.

Benefits and Cost

UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of EUR 1,500 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship.

Health insurance should be arranged privately by the candidates. The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme and have shown ability to conduct research on developing economies.
  • Candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute.
  • Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English and possess good quantitative and/or qualitative analytical skills.
  • Preference is given to applicants who are living or working in developing countries and who are at later stages of the PhD.

Application procedure

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the PhD Internship Programme twice each year.

Deadlines for submission of applications are 31 March and 30 September 23:59 EET each year.

Short-listed applicants will be informed by email of the final decision within four weeks of the closing deadline.

As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor will need to provide UNU-WIDER with a letter of reference, which should be emailed to the following address: interns1(at) The reference letter will also be used to certify that you are enrolled in a PhD programme at your university.

For more information, visit UNU-WIDER PhD Internships.