United Nations University PhD Programme, Netherlands

Publish Date: Nov 16, 2015

Deadline: Feb 15, 2016

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.

Researchers at UNU-MERIT are internationally recognised for their contributions to the understanding of the economic, political, social and philosophical foundations of the processes of technical change. The School of Governance has a history of project implementation for various international institutions including the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and national governments, focusing on social policy and migration developments. The institute also participates in research projects for international organisations, governments, businesses and foundations throughout the world. Beyond working with and for other UN bodies, the institute has a long history of conducting applied research for organisations such as the European Commission, the International Development Research Centre, and numerous national governments.


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-scholarshipFellows 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:

Tuition Fees

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.

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