Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development Fellow

Deadline: 30 June 2019
Open to: candidates with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed in a relevant discipline in the last two years
Benefits: free accommodation; office space; economy travel; a stipend, competitive with local market rates

UNU-CS welcomes recent PhD graduates to join us and co-create exciting research projects together. To this aim, they are establishing a Young Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) Fellowship program.

ICTD Fellows will spend one year in residence at UNU-CS in Macau, China 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 conceptualizing 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 center 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.

This is a resident position on a one (1) year Personnel Service Agreement (PSA) contract with UNU with the possibility for renewal of one (1) year subject to performance and funding availability.

How to apply?

Interested applicants should submit their applications by email to [email protected]  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)”

For more information, please visit the official web page.