Fellowships

Overview
  • The UNU Charter makes specific reference to promoting the “exchanges of scholars, scientific and technical ideas and information within the world academic community, particularly in developing countries.” To fulfill its mandate, the University may “organize internationally coordinated research with appropriate institutions and individuals in various parts of the world.” UNU’s global system of institutes, as well as the fieldwork they undertake across the world, provides an important entry-point for a range of voices to be heard on crucial UN policy priorities. At UNU-CPR, we believe that policymaking is strengthened by evidence gathered through inclusive research methodologies that draw on a wide range of constituencies. To ensure that UNU-CPR’s research reflects the concerns and interests of its broad, global constituency, the Centre launched two fellowships in 2020.


    Global Research Fellows

    We acknowledge and recognize that individuals from certain groups, including racial minorities and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, are less well represented in both academia and public policy. Their exclusion stifles creativity, limits policy options, and risks undermining the effectiveness of policy interventions. It will also mean that the research agenda does not necessarily reflect actual challenges in local communities.

    The UNU-CPR Global Research Fellowship will work to integrate researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in new and ongoing research projects that shape multilateral policymaking processes. Candidates who are focused on the following fields of research are encouraged to apply for a paid Fellowship of three to six months:

    • Conflict Prevention and Management, including research on improving the effectiveness of UN peace operations; transitional justice; Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration; and Women, Peace & Security;
    • UN Sanctions and Mediation, including improving the effectiveness of UN sanctions and their interaction with mediation and International Humanitarian Law;
    • Human Rights and Sustainable Development, including vulnerable populations, migration, the global humanitarian response to COVID-19 and effective solutions to combating modern slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and child labour in local communities;
    • Multilateralism and the Rule of Law, including on the future of multilateralism and strengthening the UN’s approach to the Rule of Law;
    • Climate-Security, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the risks of violent conflict from climate change.

    In addition to participating in ongoing research projects at UNU-CPR, the researchers selected through this fellowship will be encouraged to take forward their own research agenda and produce a policy-focused research report, working closely with an appointed mentor within the Centre. These researchers will have the opportunity to develop and test their research proposals with potential donors. All funded proposals will be implemented as UNU-CPR projects, led by the researcher.

    Candidates from underrepresented groups – including those who are the first in their family to attend higher education, underserved communities, or those from conflict-affected areas – will be particularly encouraged to apply.

    Recruiting commences in 2021.


    Senior Fellows (Non-Resident)

    Since its establishment in 2014, the Centre has published 85 research papers, feeding into a wide variety of UN and national-level policy processes as well as multilateral programming. Over the last two years, the Centre’s researchers have briefed the Security Council five times and given over 150 briefings to a range of actors and entities, including UN and multilateral bodies, government and parliamentary committees, academic and professional conferences, as well as for civil society and private sector stakeholders. UNU-CPR researchers and projects have been referenced in a wide range of press outlets, including BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, CNN, Washington Post, POLITICO, The Hill, The Independent, World Politics Review, Just Security and many others.

    The UNU-CPR Senior Fellows are one-year positions open to seasoned researchers and policy advisers in the following fields:

    • Conflict Prevention and Management, including research on improving the effectiveness of UN peace operations; transitional justice; Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration; and Women, Peace & Security;
    • Human Rights and Sustainable Development, including migration governance; vulnerable populations and the global humanitarian response to COVID-19;
    • Multilateralism and the Rule of Law, including on the future of multilateralism and strengthening the UN’s approach to the Rule of Law.

    Along with participating and advising current UNU-CPR projects, Senior Fellows would undertake their own research agenda, producing policy-relevant papers and reports. Senior Fellows will be expected to develop their research proposals with potential donors and have a strong track-record in development and institutional growth.

    Previous Fellows have written on range of topics, from Security Council dynamics, to how US-China relations impact UN policymaking, to the role of UN Police in protecting civilians. They have also briefed Permanent Representatives, UN policy forums and other stakeholders.

    UNU-CPR would welcome applications and detailed and costed project proposals from interested researchers and policy advisers with at least 10 years of experience. It is expected that Fellows will be available to start in early 2021 following their successful recruitment. UNU-CPR operates on New York working hours, though the location of this position is flexible. Remuneration to be agreed based on experience.

    New round of recruitment in 2021.