World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) is the first research and training centre of the United Nations University (UNU), established in Helsinki, Finland in 1984.

The UNU-WIDER PhD Research Internship Programme gives registered doctoral students an opportunity to utilize the resources and facilities at UNU-WIDER for their PhD dissertation or thesis research, and to work with UNU-WIDER researchers in areas of mutual interest.

The selected interns are expected to spend 2-3 months in Helsinki and return to their home institution afterwards, pursue research on a mutually agreed topic, contribute to UNU-WIDER’s research-related activities, give seminars on their research findings etc.


Applicants should:

  • be currently enrolled in a PhD programme;
  • be fluent in oral and written English;
  • have shown ability to conduct research on developing or transition economies (candidates working in other social sciences may apply but should keep in mind that UNU-WIDER is an economics-focused institute);
  • have good analytical skills.

Preference is given to applicants who are living or working in developing countries and who are at later stages of the PhD.

Internship Worth

  •  travel grant,
  •  medical insurance, and
  • monthly stipend of EUR 1,500 to cover living expenses in Helsinki during the period of their internship.

Application Process

UNU-WIDER only receives online applications. The link to the online application form will only become active one month prior to the submission deadline.

During the application procedure applicants should submit:

  • Application form;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Letter of reference from their supervisor;
  • Research proposal for internship.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 September 2014.

For further information please contact: or visit the official website.