UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship 2023/2024

Deadline: 30th of September, 2023

The UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowship 2023/2024 is now accepting applications. The Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme allows registered doctoral students to use UNU-WIDER’s resources and facilities for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, as well as to collaborate with academics in areas of mutual interest.

Visiting PhD fellows often stay at UNU-WIDER for three months before returning to their home university. Fellows produce one or more research articles and deliver a seminar on their research results during their stay in Helsinki. They may also be able to publish their findings in the WIDER Working Paper Series.


  • UNU-WIDER provides a travel grant to cover the costs of travel to and from the location of your PhD granting institution or country of residence, medical insurance (for medical and hospital services resulting from sickness and accident during your stay at UNU-WIDER), and a monthly stipend of EUR 2,000 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their fellowship.
  • The programme does not provide services or cover expenses related to dependents. Note that the monthly stipend mentioned only applies to the period of stays in Helsinki, not online.


  • 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.
  • Applications from suitably qualified early-career, female, and developing country researchers are particularly encouraged.
  • The programme is especially addressed at researchers at later stages of their PhD.

The Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme is highly competitive and only a limited number of fellows can be accepted. In recent years, one percent of all applications have been successful.


As part of your application, you will be asked to upload your curriculum vitae. Your PhD supervisor will need to provide UNU-WIDER with a letter of reference, which should be emailed (by your supervisor) to the following address. The reference letter will also be used to certify that you are enrolled in a PhD programme at your university.

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