United Nations University- Visiting Scholars Programme

United Nations University- Visiting Scholars Programme

Deadline: April 30, 2015

United Nations University -Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) invites applications for its visiting scholars program. UNU-INRA is undertaking a three-year project entitled “Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth”. The project aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can, amongst others, influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa under four thematic areas:

  1. Green business opportunities in rural Africa
  2. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and resource efficiency, productivity and resilience in rural Africa
  3. Rural SMEs and ecosystem services
  4. Institutions and governance for environmentally-friendly business practices

Up to ten visiting scholars will be selected each year to spend 3-4 months carrying out research at UNU-INRA headquarters in Accra, Ghana, or at one of its operating units based in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Senegal and Zambia.


  • monthly stipend of around USD 1,500.00 to successful applicants
  • UNU may subsidize the travel cost to the location of the programme.


Applicants must

  • who are faculty members or researchers at African universities and other research institutions
  • have a PhD degree in environmental economics, natural resource economics, ecological economics, development economics, agricultural economics, soil science or any other relevant field of study.
  • excellent communication and writing skills in either French or English
  • have research questions which overlap with our current thematic areas in green growth for rural Africa.

Application Process

For more information, visit the United Nations University or contact the coordinators at [email protected].