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Visiting Scholar At United Nations University

United Nations University (UNU WIDER)

This  Programme gives qualified scholars an opportunity to research topics related to development and 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.


  • Applicants should have a PhD degree in economics or a development-related discipline.
  • An excellent publication record is an added advantage.
  • Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.?

UNU-WIDER provides medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 2,650 as a contribution towards travel, visa, accommodation, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Visiting scholars may apply for a supplementary grant to cover high travel costs (incl. visa) if they exceed EUR 1,200 (lowest economy class fare). The programme does not include expenses related to dependent.

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications for the Visiting Scholars Programme once each year. The deadline for submission of applications is 30 September.



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