International PhD Scholarship in Governance and Policy Analysis
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- 1 October 2020
Combining a PhD degree with a full-time job? The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) offers a programme that supports the ambitions and intensifies the research and analytical skills of fellows. The training programme invites GPAC² fellows to join the stimulating and challenging research community of UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance.
GPAC² meets the needs and availability of working professionals and researchers with full- or part-time jobs, allowing them to combine their careers with obtaining a PhD. The programme is designed to provide advanced training in the theory and skills crucial to policy analysis and design. The research that participants will focus on fits into one of the School’s research themes. The key lecturers of the programme are leading scholars in the field of policy analysis and the related areas like governance, social protection, migration, growth and development, technology and innovation.
The Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²) is taught in English. It consists of a first year with three training workshops, and two workshops built around research progress every subsequent year.
Research topics that are considered relevant and interesting within this PhD training programme are embedded in the public policy field with content focus that fits one of the research themes of the institute. As a public policy school, our aim is to do research on (public) policy governance and analysis. As UNU institution, we specifically (but not only) focus on the social aspects of growth and development, in particular the policy challenges posed by low levels of development. Within GPAC2 we find a broad interest of research ideas, including (among others) governance, social protection, migration, sustainable development, innovation and trade. With the training programme focus around research methodology in year one, we offer the classes to the full cohort. In higher year programmes, we build workshops around the research topics that our fellows select and embed their research in the research themes of the institute. Currently, the institution houses eight research themes:
- Economics of Knowledge and Innovation
- Structural Change and Economic Development
- Economic Complexity and Innovation
- Governance and institutions
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions
- Migration and Development
- Social Protection
- Population, Development and Labour Economics
Employment as a prerequisite for applying to the GPAC² training programme The GPAC² training programme differs from a regular PhD programme. Although GPAC² fellows participate in the training with the objective of obtaining a PhD, they are not considered regular PhD fellows. Employment (full time, part-time, or self-employed / independent consultant) is a prerequisite to be eligible for the training programme. GPAC² participants are required to have their own source of income. MGSoG will not employ a GPAC² participant, nor pay a salary or scholarship for either participating in the programme or conducting research. GPAC² fellows will be enrolled as training participants, and not as employees of the university.
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Employment (full time, part-time, or self-employed / independent consultant) is a prerequisite to be eligible for the training programme. GPAC² participants are required to have their own source of income.
Applicants should have:
- A Master’s from a relevant academic field;
- Basic grasp of mathematics and statistics;
- Basic knowledge of economics, social sciences, political science and/or law;
- Proficiency in English: at least 600 PBT, 100 IBT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS);
- Approval from your employer to join the course.
MGSoG will not employ a GPAC² participant, nor pay a salary or scholarship for either participating in the programme or conducting research. GPAC² fellows will be enrolled as training participants, and not as employees of the university.
However, they do help fellows to apply for external scholarships, for example with recommendations and proofs of enrolment, after they have been accepted on the programme
Please use the online application form, to apply for the programme. When filling in the form you will be asked to provide the documents listed below. Please note that all documents need to be provided digitally; official documents need to be scanned:
- certified copies of bachelor’s and master’s diplomas and grades
- proof of proficiency in English – the minimum level accepted is 600 PBT, 100 ICT or 240 CBT (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS). Native speakers and students who have received their bachelor’s or master’s education in English are exempted
- motivation letter (400- 500 words)
- two signed reference letters on original letter head (by current or former professors or employers)
- letter from current employer, including a statement of support of the GPAC² fellow and an indication of ways to support the fellow
- one–page PhD research proposal
- curriculum vitae
- copy of passport
- passport size picture
We prefer to receive the documents in the following ways:
- research proposal, motivation letter and CV – via the application form in PDF format
- diplomas and transcripts – via the application form as scanned pictures or PDF format
- passport, proof of English proficiency and picture – via the application form as scanned pictures or PDF format
- reference letters, GPAC² support letter, – by mail directly sent to us by the referee
For questions related to application documents or the application process, or questions you would like to have clarified before applying to the programme, we kindly refer you to our FAQ section.
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