UNU offers Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide young scholars and policymakers, especially from the developing world, with a multidisciplinary context within which to pursue advanced research and training that are of professional interest to the successful applicant and of direct relevance to the research agenda of their selected UNU-IAS or UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) programme.
The Fellowship Programmes provide the successful applicant with a unique opportunity to develop and advance their research under the supervision of a UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR faculty member and contribute to the overall research agenda of the Institute; widen their research interests and professional networks by working in the international and multi-disciplinary context of UNU-IAS and UNU-CPR, and with their wider network of Japanese universities and research institutes, as well as international collaborators; become exposed to the workings of international and multilateral policy processes and the broader UN system; and link with other UNU-IAS and UNU-CPR Postdoctoral Fellows.
The Fellows are resident at UNU-IAS or UNU-CPR in Tokyo for the full term of the Fellowship. This gives the Fellows the opportunity to gain from the broader research programme of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences arranged by UNU-IAS and UNU-CPR. UNU's close institutional links with key universities and think tanks in Japan and around the world also allow Fellows to link into the broader academic and research community.
Since the start of the Fellowship Programme at UNU-IAS in 1996, more than 250 young scholars – 70% of whom are from the developing world – have benefited from collaboration with UNU and Japanese scholars.