Applications Open for JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships at UNU Centre for Policy Research

Vacancy Announcements | December 21, 2016 |

The United Nations University Centre for Policy Research is now accepting applications for two 2-year Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships on The Changing Nature of Armed Conflict.

The selected fellows will be expected to conduct research that contributes to UNU-CPR’s flagship research programme on the changing nature of armed conflict. The nature of armed conflict has changed dramatically over the past two decades, as a result of the growth of illicit trafficking networks, the rise of non-state actors, and the spread of violent Islamist extremist groups. However, the UN’s conflict resolution tools have not evolved in step. UNU-CPR’s research programme explores how these tools will need to be adapted to retain their effectiveness in a new environment, exploring three clusters in particular: 1) conflict prevention, mediation and local-level conflict resolution; 2) peacekeeping and protection; and 3) sanctions. The aim of this programme is to provide in-depth analysis, policy recommendations, and real-time advisory support to UN policy processes and operations. The successful candidate is expected to have research interests aligned in this direction. Familiarity with research into conflict trends and drivers as well as the UN’s conflict resolution work is essential.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree (no ABDs) in the social sciences or humanities generally, or in international law, international relations, conflict and peace studies in particular
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Superior writing skills
  • Equally qualified candidates from developing countries as well as female candidates will receive preference

About the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Jointly organized by the United Nations University and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is designed to provide promising, highly qualified, young researchers with the opportunity to conduct advanced research relevant to the main thematic focus areas of the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, Tokyo) and UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR, Tokyo), in co-operation with host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutions. UNU acts as the nominating authority for the JSPS–UNU Programme. This fellowship is aimed at candidates who have completed their doctoral degrees in the past six years and also have professional and/or research experience. UNU will assist in securing acceptance from host researchers for short-listed candidates.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 24 months. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (received on or after 2 April 2011) when the fellowship begins, or be scheduled to receive a doctoral degree before the fellowship begins. Japanese nationals are not eligible.

The application deadline for the JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is 28 February 2017.

Terms of the Award

  1. A round-trip air ticket (based on JSPS regulations)
  2. A monthly maintenance allowance of JPY362,000
  3. A settling-in allowance of JPY200,000
  4. Overseas travel insurance coverage, etc.

Please note:

  • Two fellowship positions with UNU-CPR are available.
  • The amounts of the awards indicated above are subject to change by JSPS.
  • If the Fellow is already residing in Japan before his/her fellowship starts or has resident status before or after the date his/her award letter is issued, the above-mentioned air ticket to Japan and settling-in allowance will not be provided.
  • A research grant, “Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research”, of up to JPY1,500,000 per year (total of JPY3,000,000 for two years – the amount varying depending on the areas/disciplines of research) is available to cover cooperative research-related expenses. Application for these grants is made by the host researcher through his/her institution.

Research proposals for JSPS–UNU Postdoctoral Fellowships should relate clearly to the research area outlined above, and also aim to be policy-relevant.

For more information:

  • Information on the JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellowship programme is available here.
  • The online application form is available here.

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