The Japan Foundation for UNU or JFUNU Scholarship is available for outstanding applicants from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance and who are granted admissions to the PhD Programme in Sustainability Science at United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
The PhD program in Sustainability Science is a three-year program that aims to produce scholars who will become key researchers in the field of sustainability science. The program takes an innovative approach to sustainability, seeking to promote a better understanding of the issues by incorporating global change perspectives, specifically those related to climate change and biodiversity.
Course level: Doctoral
Fields of study: PhD Programme in Sustainability Science
Institution and country: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation for UNU (JFUNU)
- Full tuition fees
- Monthly allowance of 120,000 JPY for living expenses for a maximum of 36 months
Travel costs to and from Japan, visa handling fees, and health/accident insurance costs must be covered by the student.
Eligibility criteria for the JFUNU Scholarship:
Applicants for the PhD in Sustainability Science are required to have met ALL of the following requirements by the application deadline in order to be considered:
- Strong interest in sustainability studies
- Demonstrated commitment to study and understand global issues
- A completed Master’s degree in disciplines related to sustainability studies and a minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes OR Two completed Master’s degrees, at least one of which must be in disciplines related to sustainability studies
- A GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale on at least one of the Master’s degrees earned; and
- English language proficiency
Eligibility requirements for the scholarships:
- Applicants must be from developing countries* who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
- Applicants who are currently living in Japan under a working visa are NOT eligible for the scholarship.
- Applicants who want to pursue a second PhD degree at UNU-IAS are not eligible for the scholarship.
*Developing countries included in the latest OECD DAC list.
Application deadline: 10 April 2020
How to apply for the JFUNU Scholarship:
Only applicants that are accepted for enrolment in the UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science program can be considered as candidates for the scholarship. There is no separate application form for the scholarship as it is a part of the online application for admission. Interested applicants must provide necessary information and documents for the scholarship together with the required documents for admission to the PhD degree program.
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