Apply now for the Japan Young Researcher’s Fellowships of US$6,000 to US$10,000


Deadline: 26 December 2014

The Japanese Funds-in-Trust and UNESCO are pleased to offer funding opportunity for Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowships Programme (UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme). The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO. A maximum amount between US$6,000 to US$10,000 will be awarded to 20 selected candidates from developing and least developed countries.

The duration of proposed research will range from 3 months to 9 months, starting from April 2015 till January 2017.At the end of the Fellowship, the beneficiary must agree to return to his/her home country so that knowledge acquired may be put to good use in local research and training programmes.

Research Topics

  • Environment (with particular emphasis on water sciences).
  • Intercultural Dialogue.
  • Information and Communication Technologies.
  • Peaceful conflict resolution.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must be post-graduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree and wishing to pursue research work abroad. 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:
    1. Women candidatures
    2. Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs)
    3. African researchers
  6. Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.

Application Procedures

  • 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 be submitted to the address given on the website and an advance copy should be  sent by fax or email, given on the website.

The application must include the following attachments:

  • The UNESCO Fellowship application form duly completed in duplicate. Two recent photographs should be included with the form.
  • Certified copies of degrees or diplomas (including transcript of grades) in duplicate. Proof of having obtained a Master’s Degree must be included.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the candidate’s work.
  • A host institute’s letter of acceptance.
  • The certificate of language proficiency (on the UNESCO form) duly completed in duplicate for the language of the country of study (should this be different from the candidate’s mother tongue) issued by an official authority.
  • A detailed description, one to two page(s) (maximum), in either English or French, of the research work for which the candidature is being put forward

For more information, please visit: Young Researcher’s Fellowship.


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