Visiting PhD Fellowship – an opportunity to further your thesis in an international research institute

Our Visiting PhD Fellowship Programme gives registered doctoral students the opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research on developing economies, and to work with our researchers in areas of mutual interest.

The Government of Finland declared a state of emergency on 16 March 2020 due to COVID-19. In light of this we regret to inform you that we will be suspending applications for the UNU-WIDER Visiting PhD Fellowships programme until further notice.

Please note that all applications that have already been received during March 2020 will be retained and considered when applications re-open. We encourage you to sign up for notifications and  follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date.


Visiting PhD fellows typically spend three consecutive months at UNU-WIDER before returning to their home institution. During their time in Helsinki, fellows prepare one or more research papers and present a seminar on their research findings. They may also have the opportunity to publish their research in the WIDER Working Paper Series.

You can read about previous experiences from the programme, here.


If you have questions about the programme please first check our questions and answers page. If you still require assistance please contact us at the following email address:

Please note that replies may take up to five working days.

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