UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme (Japan) 

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UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme (Japan).

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, will be awarded to deserving candidates from UNESCO developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs.

The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in the areas of development to which former Prime Minister Obuchi was committed and which coincide with areas of particular interest to UNESCO.

The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme funded under a Japan Funds-in-Trust project will aim, in particular, to impact on capacity-building and research activities in the following areas which were of particular importance to Mr Keizo Obuchi:

  • Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences);
  • Inter-cultural Dialogue;
  • Information and Communication Technologies;
  • 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:

  • 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 below (under conditions for application).

    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.
  • 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, candidates from least developed countries (LDCs) and African researchers.
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.
  • Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.

    Conditions for Application:

    Domains of research(a list of Suggested Sub-themes for research is provided in the announcement letter):

  • Environment (with particular emphasis on to Water Sciences);
  • Intercultural Dialogue;
  • Information and Communication Technologies;
  • Peaceful Conflicts Resolution.

    Duration of proposed research; Minimum 3 months and maximum 9 months. It should be understood that upon termination 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.

    For more information and scholarship applications, see: UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Co-Sponsored Research Fellowships Programme (Japan)

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