¥120,000 UNU 2023-2024 Sustainability Scholarship for International Students

Written by David on January 5, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $1000 - $3000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Institute For The Advanced Study Of Sustainability 5–53–70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925 Japan Tel: +81 3 5467 1212 Fax: +81 3 3499 2828  

The Master of Science in Sustainability is a program that lasts for two years and is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical expertise required to make significant contributions to the resolution of issues related to sustainability. Methods and resources from the scientific sciences, social sciences, and humanities are incorporated into the program as part of an innovative and interdisciplinary approach that is taken by the program. The objective of the program is to cultivate the scholars and policymakers of the future, who will be at the front of efforts being made all around the world to create a more sustainable future. The following are some of the exceptional advantages that come with attending UNU-IAS:

  • Research conducted in collaboration, as well as hands-on experience,
  • A worldwide university operating within the framework of the United Nations, and
  • An setting for learning that is both international and engaging, located in the heart of Tokyo.

This program is designed for recent college graduates, professionals, and practitioners who are interested in making a significant contribution to the work being done in the field of sustainability by governments, civil society organizations, private businesses, and/or the United Nations and other international organizations.


About the Scholarship Provider:

The United Nations University (UNU) is an international think tank and educational organization for postgraduate students with its headquarters in Japan. Through collaborative research and education, the United Nations University’s (UNU’s) mission is to contribute to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples, and its Member States. This is accomplished by addressing issues such as: In order to accomplish this objective, the UNU collaborates with preeminent academic institutions and institutions of research located in countries that are members of the United Nations. In this way, the UNU serves as a link between the global academic community and the United Nations system. The United Nations University (UNU) contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing nations, through its postgraduate teaching operations. United Nations Secretary-General U Thant advocated the establishment of a “United Nations University, truly worldwide in nature and dedicated to the Charter objectives of peace and progress” in his Annual Report to the United Nations General Assembly in 1969.


The General Assembly decided to investigate the possibility of establishing such an organization and issued an order for a feasibility assessment as well as the appointment of a panel of experts to collaborate closely with UNESCO on the investigation. In September 1972, the panel presented a report to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Subsequently, in December 1972, the General Assembly adopted the decision to establish the United Nations University (UNU), thereby formally establishing the world’s first international university. The panel’s work led to the establishment of the UN Economic and Social Council. Following this, a Founding Committee drafted a University Charter and Resolution, both of which were ultimately accepted by the General Assembly in December of 1973.

1974 saw the appointment of the first UNU Council as well as the University’s first Rector, Dr. James M. Hester. On January 20, 1975, a ceremonial inauguration ceremony for the University took place at its temporary headquarters facility in Tokyo. There, the first key program areas for the United Nations University (UNU) were outlined. These included world hunger, natural resources, and human and social development.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  United Nations University

Scholarship Country: Japan

Scholarship Worth: ¥120,000

Study Level: Masters

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • The jfUNU scholarship offers a support package consisting of a monthly stipend of 120,000 JPY, which can be received for a maximum of 24 months. It is possible that the scholarship awardees will not be required to pay any tuition costs.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

The following are the standards that applicants need to satisfy:

  • Applicants must be citizens of poor nations and must be able to provide evidence that they are in need of financial help.
  • Applicants who are already based in Japan on the basis of a working visa will NOT be considered for the scholarship;
  • Applicants who are already enrolled in other postgraduate degree programs will be disqualified from this opportunity. Those who have already earned a master’s degree from a school other than UNU-IAS are included in this category. Additionally, applicants cannot be in possession of any other scholarships at the same time that they submit their application.
  • Additional Requirements
  • The JFUNU Scholarship requires its awardees to compose a brief reflective essay on their education and experiences gained while attending UNU. This essay is then forwarded to the organization that funded the scholarship. Before they are allowed to graduate, all of the recipients are required to write a letter of gratitude to the donors that includes some observations on their goals for the future.
  • Recipients commit to cultivating a collaborative relationship with jfUNU by taking part in jfUNU activities, events, and other opportunities made available to the student body.
  • countries still considered to be developing as of the most recent OECD DAC list.
  • You will get an email with information regarding when more supporting papers need to be submitted and how to do so.
  • Send the supporting documentation to the designated email address before the deadline (expected to be late March 2023).
  • The Admissions Office will send a request for the reference to be submitted by email to the referees, and they will have until the deadline to do so (expected to be late March 2023).



The  UNU 2023-2024 Sustainability Scholarship for International Students  is open to all International Students


If you are a first-year student at the University of London and you are paying the home fee, you should apply for the Full-time Undergraduate Bursary for the 2022-2023 school year. The purpose of the scholarship is to help incoming freshmen who have shown strong ambition for higher education and a desire to make a positive impact in their communities on their way to achieving their own personal and professional objectives.


Application Procedure

  • Early in the month of January in 2023, the Application Guidelines for the year 2023 will be made accessible. Please refer to the Application Guidelines 2022 in the event that you would like to get a head start on the preparation of your application (How to Apply and Application Checklist sections).
  • All applicants:
  • Go through the checklist, and make sure all of the application materials are ready.
  • Register online (the link will be available here when the application period opens).
  • You will eventually get an email from the UNU-IAS Admissions Office that contains a link to the Application Form.
  • Send in your completed Application Form before the cutoff time (10 February 2023).
  • You will get a notification through email as soon as the Admissions Office has processed your application after it has been submitted.
  • The application must be completed in a single session; you will not be able to save your progress and return to it at a later time. Before you begin filling out your Application Form, you will need to make sure that you have all of the required items that are stated in the Application Guidelines gathered together and ready to go before you begin.
  • The Application Form is broken up into 12 different sections, each of which has a question and an essay. A back button and a next button are located at the bottom of each area of the form. These buttons allow you to go back to earlier portions of the form in order to make changes to the checked boxes before you click the submit button at the bottom of the form.
  • Please refer to the Application Checklist and Supporting Documents sections in the Application Guidelines 2022 in order to obtain information and documents pertaining to your application in further detail.
  • Important Notes
  • Every single application must be typed up and completed in the English language. We will not evaluate any application documents that are handwritten or that are incomplete.
  • When an application is submitted to UNU-IAS, all of the materials and documents that are submitted become the property of UNU-IAS, and they cannot be returned.
  • In the event that any of the application documents are found to include any form of falsification, the applicant’s admission will be canceled.
  • Applicants from prior years who were not accepted into the program and who wish to reapply for admission are required to submit an entirely new set of application documents, including letters of reference. There will be no use of any previously submitted application materials as supporting documentation.
  • Please ensure that you only submit the Application Form once. If a single applicant sends in more than one Application Form, only the most recently received form will be taken into consideration for the application. Earlier versions will be discarded.


Application Deadline

The application deadline  for UNU 2023-2024 Sustainability Scholarship for International Students  is February 10, 2023.


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