PhD in Sustainable Science

University-United Nation University
Closing date-10th April 2020
The PhD in Sustainability Science is a three-year programme offered by the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). The programme 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,

The program will
  •  Equip graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge of sustainability problems, 
  • and deepen their understanding of the role of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. 
  • The program provides students with unique opportunities to interact with leading scholars and policymakers through lectures, international conferences, and workshops. Students undertake problem-oriented research by playing an active role in UNU-IAS research projects, and acquire the quantitative and qualitative analytical skills necessary to understand the underlying principles of various systems involved in sustainability issues and debates. 
  • Through coursework and research, Ph.D. students gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the technical literacy required to address sustainability problems.

Program Cycle 
The program starts in September, and by July of their third year students are expected to complete all of the course requirements, obtaining at least 14 credits. Students can select courses from those offered by UNU-IAS, while also enjoying the opportunity to take courses at other leading universities in Japan such as the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, International Christian University, and Yokohama National University.

  •  Strong interest in sustainability studies;
  •  Demonstrated commitment to study and understand global issues;
  •  completed a Master’s degree in disciplines related to sustainability studies;
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes which were acquired after obtaining a university degree (full-time equivalent)

Financial Assitance 
The award of the scholarship below is based on application selection results. Only applicants that are accepted for enrolment in the UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science programme 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 programme.
*The amount of monthly allowance has been changed to 120,000 JPY effective 2017.
Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
The JFUNU scholarship provides a monthly allowance of 120,000 JPY* for living expenses for a maximum of 36 months. However, travel costs to and from Japan, visa handling fees, and health/accident insurance costs must be covered by the student. The tuition fees are fully waived for the scholarship recipients.
How to apply 
For more information and application visit the link


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