Scholarship Description:

Host Institution(s):

United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Level/Field(s) of study:

PhD Programme in Sustainability Science

Number of Scholarships:


Target group:

Citizens of developing countries listed in the latest OECD DAC list

Scholarship value/duration:

The scholarship provides a monthly allowance of 120,000 JPY for living expenses for a maximum of 36 months. 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


Applicants for the PhD in Sustainability Science are required to have met ALL of the following requirements by the application deadline in order to be considered:

1. Strong interest in sustainability studies;

2. Demonstrated commitment to study and understand global issues;

3. A completed Master’s degree in disciplines related to sustainability studies and a minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes

OR Two completed Master’s degrees, at least one of which must be in disciplines related to sustainability studies;

4. A GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale on at least one of the Master’s degrees earned; and

5. English language proficiency

Eligibility Requirements for the scholarships:

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.

Application instructions:

To apply, you must complete the online application form. Application deadline is 19 April 2019.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:

Scholarship Details:

Date Posted:Apr 1, 2019 Closing Date: Apr 19, 2019


NU Scholarships for PhD in Sustainability Science.pdf