The Global Health PhD Fellowship creates an opportunity for PhD candidates to add value to their degree by enabling them to be part of the processes of policy analyses and translation within the UN global health context. 


UNU-IIGH undertakes policy relevant research and analysis to inform UN agencies, member states and other key decision makers on critical topics for global health. The Global Health PhD Fellowship is open to PhD candidates enrolled in our partner universities and currently pursuing a PhD on topics related to UNU-IIGH focus areas. The Fellowship lasts between six to twelve months and fellows will be assigned a project under the supervision of our Research Fellows throughout their time with us.

Selection process: 

Successful candidates for the Fellowship programme will be based on the below criteria:

– Applicant must be currently enrolled in a PhD programme at any one of our partner universities

– Applicant must have demonstrated proficiency in English

– Applicant must be willing to be based in UNU-IIGH in Malaysia throughout the  Fellowship programme

– Applicant’s expected output of the Fellowship is a publishable report and/or policy brief to be included as an appendix to their thesis

How to apply 

Interested applicants must submit a completed application form to nadiah@unu.edu . Additionally, a letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to nadiah@unu.edu from applicants’ primary PhD supervisor. The letter of recommendation will support the application.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship application period is now closed. UNU-IIGH is currently shortlisting the applications received.