Deadline :31 January 2019


1. 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.

2. The Government of Japan offers 10 fellowships, to be awarded to deserving candidates from developing countries, special attention will be given to those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan, to women, candidates from LDCs, Africa and SIDS countries 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 four areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO


1. 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:

A. Environment (with particular attention on disaster risk reduction (DRR);

B.  Intercultural Dialogue;

C.  Information and Communication Technologies; and

D.  Peaceful conflict resolution. No other research topics will be considered.



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. 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 1978 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) and SIDS
  •  * African researchers
  •  * Those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan

6.      Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research


1. Domains of research:

  •  Environment (with particular emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR);
  •  Intercultural Dialogue
  •  Information and Communication Technologies
  •  Peaceful Conflicts Resolution

2. Duration of proposed research:

  •  minimum:  3 months
  •  maximum: 9 months

3. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 January, 2019

For more information and to apply, click here.


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