UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme

The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships is funded unded under the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the capacity-building of Human Resources. Applications are accepted every year. To be eligible, candidates must hold M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad. Minimum 40 years of age is required. The deadline is 30 November 2018.

Program Description
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: 1. Environment (with particular attention on disaster risk reduction (DRR); 2. Intercultural Dialogue; 3. Information and Communication Technologies; and 4. Peaceful conflict resolution. No other research topics will be considered.

Award Value
The Fellowships financed by Japan and administered by UNESCO will consist of the following:

  • A Lump sum contribution of 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.

Level and Area of Studies
Research program in any field.

Place of Study
Not specified.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • 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 below. Thus, those who are in the process of completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.
  • Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country on return.
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1978 will not be considered under the Programme.
  • 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.
  • Priority attention will be given to: Women candidatures, Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs) and SIDS, African researchers and those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan.
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.

Applicants’ Nationality
The citizens of developing countries are invited to apply.

Application Instruction
See the link below.

Submission Deadline
30 November 2018.

Website and Application Link

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