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United Nations University INWEH Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 for Students in Developing Countries – Canada


The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) offers an excellent multicultural environment for scholars to work on their research and interact with scholars from different countries and disciplines. 

Application Deadline: 11th February 2019

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All. Applicants from developing countries and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

To be taken at (country): Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

About the Award: The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health  (UNU-INWEH) is a member of the UNU family of organisations. Its vision is a world free of water problems where sustainable human development and environmental health and security are assured for all. Its mission is to help resolve pressing water challenges that are of concern to the United Nations, its Member States, and their people.

UNU-INWEH pursues its mission through critical analysis and synthesis of existing bodies of scientific discovery; targeted research that identifies emerging policy issues; application of on-the-ground, scalable science-based solutions to water issues; and global outreach. UNU-INWEH is the only entirely water-focused Institute within the UNU system, and the only entirely water-related UN entity in Canada. UNU-INWEH is supported by the Government of Canada and hosted by McMaster University.

Type: Fellowship/Postdoctoral

Eligibility: Qualifications and requirements include:

  • a PhD in water resources management or engineering, hydrology/hydrogeology, water policy, water quality management, water economics, or other closely related discipline
  • the PhD shall be complete and defended by the time of application; the PhD shall be defended not more than two (2) years preceding the date of application for this Fellowship
  • a minimum number (at least two) of peer-reviewed publications normally required for and associated with PhD defense; it is expected that the total record of publications is more than the minimum
  • working knowledge of GIS, statistical packages, and relevant models and tools
  • knowledge of or previous exposure to one or more of the following areas is an advantage: groundwater, water technologies, remote sensing of environment, water storage planning and management, indexing water-related vulnerability and risks
  • an interdisciplinary research background is a strong advantage; willingness and ability to work across disciplines, beyond the core set of skills
  • strong interest in integrating water research with global water policy and practice
  • demonstrated ability to present research outputs at international/national events
  • strong team player with proven interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to work in a multi cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of any other UN official languages is an advantage
  • work experience in developing country(ies) or/and international organization(s) is an added advantage

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: Remuneration will be a monthly stipend of CAD 4,200 (all inclusive) for the duration of the fellowship. The salary is exempt from Canadian income taxes. UNU has its own medical insurance for employees contracted under a PSA.

Duration of Scholarship: The fellowship is a full-time employment on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract, and can only be extended (for a maximum of one (1) year) based on budget availability and a progress review conducted during the 9th month of the first-year fellowship.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail in the form of an Adobe Acrobat PDF file to [email protected] Applications must include the following:

  • separate cover letter setting out how the applicant’s qualifications and experience match the eligibility requirements of the positions / topics listed
  • a completed and signed UNU Personal History (P.11) form (do not use similar forms provided by other United Nations organisations and do not submit your curriculum vitae)
  • an abstract of your current PhD research/dissertation
  • one sample (.pdf file) of your recent publication in English
  • Note for references: At least one (1) reference must come from one of your PhD supervisors
  • an indication of the reference number of the vacancy announcement (2018/UNU/INWEH/PSA/PDF/UWR/UWR/WRR/01)

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