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Global Health PhD Fellowship 2023 at UNU-IIGH, Kuala Lumpur

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About United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in policy-oriented research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furthering the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on human survival, conflict prevention, sustainable development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 12 countries, UNU's work spans the 17 Sustainable Development Goals' full breadth, generating policy-relevant knowledge to effect positive global change. UNU maintains more than 200 collaborations with UN agencies and leading universities and research institutions across the globe.

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

UNU-IIGH is one of 14 research and training centres that comprise the UNU system. As a UN think tank, the mission of UNU-IIGH is to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programmes, and member states about global health issues. The aim is to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and to support implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health. UNU-IIGH’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “no one is left behind”.

Global Health PhD Fellowship 2023

The Global Health PhD Fellowship programme presents an opportunity for its recipients to add value to their PhD experience by enabling them to be part of the processes of policy analysis and translation within the UN global health context. The Fellowship aims to provide hands-on experience in carrying out a research project outside the realm of academia. 

Successful candidates will be assigned a project under the mentorship of a UNU-IIGH researcher. The Fellowship is between six to twelve months. During this time, PhD Fellows are expected to engage in the activities of the Institute actively. The PhD Fellowship will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants may be enrolled in any PhD course, but their project enacted during the PhD Fellowship must directly relate to one or more of UNU-IIGH’s focus areas. 
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated proficiency in English.

Expected Start Date: As soon as possible

How to Apply:

To apply to UNU, you will not need an account. Instead, we ask that you:

  • apply via the link below and visit https://iigh.unu.edu/about/fellowship for more information;
  • fill out the UNU P11 form (please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations);
  • provide a motivation statement (in the P11 form); and 
  • answer a few questions that are tailored to the position. 
A limited number of placements are available each year and will be supported by a monthly subsistence allowance. Application from women and nationals of LMICs are encouraged. For successful candidates from LMICs, a small travel grant may be awarded. 

You may wish to refer to the UN Values and Behaviours Framework for more information. For further inquiries, contact phdfellowship@unu.edu. 

Application Deadline:  3 April 2023


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview, background checks and references.

Special Notice

UNU does not sponsor a working visa for this position.

PhD Fellows do not hold international civil servant status nor are they considered a “staff member” as defined in the UN Staff Rules and Regulations.

UNU is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply and become part of the organization. Applications from developing countries, and from women are strongly encouraged. Eligible internal applicants are also encouraged to apply.

UNU has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNU, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.

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