Application with Scholarship Opportunity into PhD in Sustainability Science


The United Nations University is a world class university of the United Nations Organisations. It is located at Tokyo, Japan.

United Nations University UNU PhD sustainability scienceThe Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability(UNU-IAS), invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD sustainability science.

Overview of PhD in Sustainability Science

The programme will equip graduates with comprehensive, multidisciplinary knowledge of sustainability problems, and deepen their understanding of the role of environmental sustainability in addressing current issues related to global change. Through coursework and research, PhD students gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the technical literacy required to address sustainability problems. The PhD in sustainability science at United Nations University is in conjunction with other leading universities like the University of Tokyo, Sophia University, and International Christian University.

Admissions Requirements for PhD in Sustainability Science

  1. A completed Master’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognised university or institution of higher education and demonstrated ability to link course work and activities to principles of sustainability;
  2. A minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes which was acquired after obtaining a university degree (full time equivalent);    OR                                    2. Two completed Master’s degrees, at least one of which must be in a discipline related to sustainability studies (those who expect to receive a second Master’s degree before the entrance period of September 2022 may also apply);
  3. A GPA of 2.8 or above on a 4.0 scale (equivalent to 70% on a 100 % scale) for at least one of the Master’s degrees earned; and
  4. 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

The following applicants are exempt from submitting score reports:

  • Applicants whose native language is English.
  • Applicants who graduated from a university or a postgraduate school located in an English-speaking country.
  • Applicants who completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme where the language of instruction and examination was English. In this case, an official statement from the academic institution will be required, confirming the use of English as the language of instruction and examination.

How to apply for PhD sustainability science

  1. Application for the PhD is online.
  2. Before starting the online application form, candidates are to read the details of information on the website
  3. Application is free. Candidates are to have at least half of tuition in case they didn’t win the scholarship.

Scholarship is sponsored by Japan Foundation for UNU (JFUNU). Noted that scholarship does not need a different application.

Eligibility for Japan Foundation for UNU (JFUNU) Scholarship

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

Additional Information

  • Deadline for application is 28th March, 2022
  • PhD sustainability at UNU- IAS must be in any of the three thematic areas
  • There would be interview for shortlisted candidates



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