United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) PhD Internship Programme 2016/2017 for Doctoral Students – Helnsinki,Finland (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: September 30th 2016

UNU-WIDER PhD Internship Programme gives registered 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 3 consecutive 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 the WIDER Working Paper Series.

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.


  •  UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant, medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 1,600 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship.
  • The programme does not cover expenses related to dependents.
Application procedure
  • UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the PhD Internship Programme twice each year.
  • When applying in September, you would  be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period February-June of the following year and when applying in March, you would be visiting UNU-WIDER in the period August-November of the same year.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) PhD Internship Programme 


  1. Hello, am a PhD second year in the university of Yaounde in the faculty of education and a gender specialist at masters level with PhD thesis on carrying out an assessment on the role of traditional society promoting gender education in Cameroon.


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