UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science for International Students in Japan in 2021

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability invites applications for the UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science for International Students in Japan for the 2021/22 academic session.

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: A

  • strong interest in sustainability studies;
  • demonstrated commitment to study and understand global issues;
  • completed Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university or institution of higher education and demonstrated ability to link course work and activities to principles of sustainability;
  • minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes which were acquired after obtaining a university degree (full-time equivalent).


Two completed Master’s degrees, at least one of which must be in a discipline related to sustainability studies.

English language proficiency

The minimum score requirements for English language qualifications required by UNU-IAS are:

  • 600 on TOEFL – Paper-Based Testing (PBT) OR
  • 100 on TOEFL – Internet-Based Testing (IBT) OR
  • 7.0 on IELTS – Academic format
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Worth of Award

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

However, 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.

*The amount of monthly allowance is 120,000 JPY for the academic year 2020.


To be eligible for the UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science, applicants

  • must be from developing countries who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • who are currently living in Japan under a working visa are NOT eligible for the scholarship.
  • who want to pursue a second PhD degree at UNU-IAS are not eligible for the scholarship.
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How to Apply

All applications are to be made online via the official website.

Deadline: April 9, 2021. 


Click here for more details and to apply