UNESCO Japan Young Research Fellowships Programme 2015 2016

UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015/2016 • The aim of the fellowships is to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in four areas of development of particular interest to UNESCO. 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.

Fellowships are offered for minimum of 3 months and maximum of 9 months. Consideration will be given only to well-planned research proposals which demonstrate innovation, imagination and relevance, and which promise to contribute to knowledge in the four specific areas.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the merit of each application and of its pertinence to the UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme. UNESCO and Japan attach the greatest importance to originality and quality.

Place of Study: In one or two countries abroad
Host Institution: Government of Japan
Course Level: Master/PhD Degree
Course Starts: March 2015
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UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015

CLOSING DATE: 26 December 2014.

Field of Study(s):

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.
More fellowships in Japan, see also International Affairs Fellowship in Japan for US Citizen 2015/ 2016.

Target Group:

Candidates from developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs – listed on the link below), who are eager to undertake research on one or more of the topics listed above.

AFRICA: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Dhad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of The Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Gunea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sneegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

ARAB STATES: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syrian, Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen

ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federal States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyztan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nieu, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, , Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Lese, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Savador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine


To be eligible for this UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015/2016, applicants must meet the following general criteria (a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission):

  • 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). 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 1975 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)
    • African researchers
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study/research.

What does it cover:

 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.

How to apply:

All applications must be submitted with the required documentation on the UNESCO Fellowship Application Form. The application form of UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015/2016 could be downloaded from the link below.

The application must include the following attachments:

  • The UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015/2016 application form duly completed in duplicate. Two recent photographs (obligatory) 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 (i.e. the institute that has accepted the candidate for work should she/he be selected for a Fellowship). This letter of acceptance must indicate that the host institute confirms its willingness to provide the relevant research facilities required by the candidate in the chosen field of specialization.
  • 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.

The application(s) should reach the UNESCO before 26 December 2014 midnight and an advance copy may be sent by fax or by e-mail: i.genevois(at)unesco.org; l.zas-friz(at)unesco.org.

Further information and application on UNESCO Japan Young Researchers Fellowship Programme 2015/2016:

Official Announcement