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Fully Funded Japan Foundation For UNU (JFUNU) Scholarship 2018

Deadline: 27th April 2018

Japan Foundation For UNU (JFUNU) Scholarship 2018 is offered for PhD degree in the field of Sustainability Science. This scholarship is provided by United Nations University and the value of this scholarship is Full Funding. Only applicants that are accepted for enrolment in the UNU-IAS PhD in Sustainability Science programme can be considered as candidates for the scholarship. There is no separate application form for the scholarship as it is a part of the online application for admission. Interested applicants must provide necessary information and documents for the scholarship together with the required documents for admission to the PhD degree programme.


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 has been changed to 120,000 JPY effective 2017.


  • Applicants of Japan Foundation For UNU (JFUNU) Scholarship, Sustainability Science 2018 from developing countries are eligible.

  • The candidates should have a strong interest in sustainability studies.

  • Should demonstrate a commitment to study and understand global issues.

  • Should have completed Master’s degree in disciplines related to sustainability studies.

  • A minimum of 2 years of practical field experience related to UNU-IAS research themes is required or should have two completed Master’s degrees, out of which one must be in disciplines related to sustainability studies.

  • Candidates receiving a second Master’s degree before the entrance period can also apply.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale in at least one of the Master’s degrees earned.

  • Communication skills are taken into consideration and the candidate should be scoring 600 in TOEFL(PBT), 100 in TOEFL(IBT) or 7.0 in IELTS.

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