Masters and PhD programmes

UNU-GEST offers scholarships for postgraduate studies at University of Iceland to suitable candidates from developing and conflict/post-conflict countries. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have:

  • achieved exemplary academic achievement in their undergraduate studies; 
  • wish to pursue research within the thematic areas of the UNU-GEST research programme; and 
  • propose a thesis of relevance for gender equality in the recipient´s country.

The UNU-GEST post-graduate diploma in international gender equality studies counts 30 ECTS towards the postgraduate programmes, which is equivalent to one semester.

Scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are currently offered via the EDDA center at the University of Iceland, which is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence in critical contemporary research, with a special emphasis on equality and diversity. EDDA now invites applications for research grants, including a research grant to a Ph.D. Student/Postdoctoral Researcher in Conflict/Post-conflict studies and a grant to a Ph.D. Student/Postdoctoral Researcher in Gender and Development Studies.  The focus of the proposed projects should be located within Research Area 3, Theme 5 of EDDA’s Research Programme (Transnational Discourses on Development, Conflict and Security). 

Further information on EDDA´s Research Programme, application procedure and eligibility can be found on EDDA´s website. Inquiries can also be directed to Marta Birna Baldursdóttir, Project Manager (e-mail:

Application deadline is 15 September 2015.