2019 UNU Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellowship
Deadline: June 30, 2019.
The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training, and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the United Nations, its peoples and Member States. It serves as a think tank for the United Nations system, contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries, and serves as a platform for new and creative ideas and dialogue.
UNU-CS welcomes recent PhD graduates to join us and co-create exciting research projects together. To this aim, we are establishing a Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellowship programme.
ICTD Fellows will spend one year in residence at UNU-CS in Macau to conduct research in ICTD under the supervision of UNU-CS Principal Researchers and the Head of Research. You will conduct high quality research that can push new frontiers, deepen core research understanding, and/or offer new approaches to long-standing developmental issues in the field of ICTs and sustainable development. Your research outcomes will inform UN policy-making on issues related to ICTs and sustainable development.
The goals of the program are to:
- contribute to the ICTs and sustainable development research field
- address global development issues in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- engage academic partners within the UN policy-making process
- increase our combined research capacity, global reach, and impact
- keep UNU-CS research abreast of new and emerging scholarship on sustainable development
- foster an interdisciplinary intellectual community
Required qualifications and experience include:
- a Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed in a relevant discipline in the last two years
- demonstrated experience conceptualising and carrying out desk and field research in an area relevant to the ICTD field
- engagement in research relevant to UNU-CS’ research agendas
- excellent command of spoken and written English
- flexibility and the ability to work under deadlines
- the capacity for creative solutions and out-of-the-box thinking
- a results-driven mindset
- great team player with strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated by the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
The selected ICTD Fellows will receive the following benefits:
- office space in our newly renovated office building, which is part of Macau’s rich cultural heritage
- free accommodation in UNU-CS’ staff apartment facility in the centre of Macau, a 15 minute walk from the office; you will not pay rent but utilities only (continuous residency is required)
- economy travel to and from Macau on the first arrival and final departure
- a stipend, competitive with local market rates
Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 2019, and must include the following:
- a cover letter explaining your interest in working at UNU-CS and what unique characteristics you would bring
- a curriculum vitae that lists your relevant experience, competencies, and publications (maximum 5 pages in length)
- a research proposal (maximum 2500 words) responding to one (1) of the challenge questions in the attached annex document
- two (2) letters of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work
- a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form downloadable from the UNU website(please avoid using similar forms provided by other United Nations organizations);
All applications must include the subject line “Application for ICTD Fellow (Ref No: 2019/UNU/CS/PSA/ICTD/34)”