United Nations University PhD Programme
PhD programme is a multidisciplinary course offered by UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The programme focuses on research skills and methods, training fellows to become both scholars and practitioners in the fields of governance and the economics of technology. During their first year, fellows complete a basic, compulsory training programme conducted by leading scholars of the host and partner universities. These courses are taught in Maastricht and spread across two semesters. Taught entirely in English, this is an annual Maastricht-based programme which starts on 1 September. At the end of the programme, the doctoral degree is awarded by Maastricht University upon successful defence of the thesis.
The Host Institute
Together UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance form a research and training institute of United Nations University (UNU). The institute is also part of Maastricht University, based in the south of the Netherlands. The institute’s research mission is to provide new insights into the economic, social and political aspects of growth and development in local and international contexts. Its research and training programmes address a broad range of questions including the economics of technology and innovation, multi-level governance, intellectual property protection, social protection policy, knowledge creation and diffusion, and migration.
Each year we distribute a limited number of scholarshipsamong the accepted fellows. However, we encouragestudents to apply for other scholarships and sources offunding. For more information please visit the scholarshippages of the university website. More details on grants andscholarships can be found at: https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/ﬁnd-a-scholarship
Fellows who do not receive a scholarship from UNU, or fromanother funding agency, will be asked for proof of suﬃcientfunding before being accepted on to the programme. Thebasic cost of living in Maastricht is around 1000 euros permonth, detailed in the table below.
In addition to ﬁlling in the online application form,applicants must submit the following:
• Certiﬁed copies of certiﬁcates and grades and anexplanation of the grading system
• Proof of English proﬁciency
• A motivation letter of 400-500 words
• Three letters of recommendation (in English only)by current or former professors or employers
• A one-page essay indicating the topic of researchinterest or one-page research proposal
• A curriculum vitae / résumé
• Full information about present study and/or job.Deadline: 15 February 2016. For more information,please go to:
The following tuition fees are applicable to those enrolledin the PhD programme for the 2015-2016 academic year:First year: €7000 *Subsequent years: €2500 *The tuition fee includes all programme-related costs.This excludes books, speciﬁc research costs, travel costs,accommodation, and visa or residence permit costs.* No rights may be derived from the fees published here.