UNESCO-Japan ((UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi) Young Researchers' Fellowships for Developing Countries

UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers' Fellowships Programme (UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme)

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (Research Fellowships)
Provider: UNESCO, Govt of Japan
Country to Study in: Any country

Scholarship Description
With a view to keeping alive and honouring the spirit of former Prime Minister Obuchi and his belief in “people building the next era”, 20 fellowships per year, for the twelveth year, will be awarded to deserving candidates from UNESCO developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed below.

The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in the areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO.

UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers' Fellowships Programme (UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme)

Applicants, a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:
  1. Candidates under this Programme must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) with a view to enhancing knowledge in one of the four specific fields mentioned in paragraph D.1 on the official website (link to it is below). Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.
  2. Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.
  3. Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1975 will not be considered under the Programme.
  4. The selected Fellow must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Confirmation of acceptance from the academic supervisor is imperative.
  5. Priority attention will be given to: *Women candidatures, *Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs), *African researchers
  6. Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.
Selection Criteria:
Applications will be judged on the basis of the merit of each application and its pertinence to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme

Eligible groups
All women, and Citizens of LDCs and African countries

Field(s) of study
The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme (UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme) funded under the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the capacity-building of Human Resources will aim, in particular, to impact on capacity-building and research activities in the following areas:
  • Environment (with particular emphasis on water sciences);
  • Intercultural Dialogue;
  • Information and Communication Technologies; and
  • Peaceful conflict resolution.
No other research topics will be considered.

Number of Awards
Twenty fellowships are offered every year

Sponsorship duration
Duration of proposed research has a minimum of 3 months; and a maximum of 9 months

Scholarship benefits
The Fellowships financed by Japan and administered by UNESCO will consist of the following:
  • A maximum amount between US$6,000 to US$10,000 will be awarded to selected candidates. The amount, to be paid in two or three instalments, is intended to cover research costs only, and will not be negotiable.
  • No other costs will be considered and grants will be neither extended nor renewed.
Method of Application
All applications must be submitted with the required documentation on the UNESCO Fellowship Application Form. Each Member State may nominate a maximum of two (2) candidates. It is the National Commission’s responsibility to select the two candidates whose applications it wishes to submit to UNESCO.

The application(s) should reach the Fellowships Section UNESCO, 7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP before midnight of the deadline date below, and an advance copy may be sent by fax to: or by e-mail: i.genevois(at)unesco.org; l.zas-friz(at)unesco.org

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this fellowship award

All application(s) should reach the Fellowships Section of UNESCO before midnight of 26 December 2014. Closing date for receipt of applications is extended until 16 January 2015.

Possible date of commencing research is Any time from April 2015 onwards. Deadline for termination of research is end of January 2017.

UNESCO designed the project “UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme” (UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme) in the framework of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Capacity-Building of Human Resources which was established in November 2000 by the Government of Japan to enable UNESCO to give impetus to research in four areas under UNESCO’s Priority Programme Areas.

Application Deadline: 26 December 2014 (16 January 2015)
Open to International students: Yes

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