UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program 2021/2022 Portal Update : Current School News

UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program 2021/2022 Portal Update

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– UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program –

The Government of Japan, in partnership with UNESCO, is now accepting applications from suitably qualified students into their UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program for students. It is a partially-funded scholarship for all students.

UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program

About UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program

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.

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 to 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.

Programme Objectives

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 emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR);

2. Intercultural Dialogue

3. Information and Communication Technologies

4. Peaceful Conflicts Resolution



The Fellowships financed by Japan and administered by UNESCO will comprise:

1. 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.

2. No other costs will be considered and grants will be neither extended nor renewed.

Eligibility for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program

1. Applicants, a maximum of TWO from each applying National Commission, must meet the following general criteria:

2. 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 completing their Master’s degree must have completed it PRIOR to taking up their Fellowship.

3. Candidates must be persons of high intellectual promise who may be expected to make significant contributions to their country in return.

4. Candidates must be only 40 years of age. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1978 will not be under the Programme.

5. 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
    • Those who may wish to 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

How to Apply for UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme.

1. 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 reach the Section of Participation Programme and Fellowships, UNESCO, 7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP and an advance copy may be sent by e-mail: [email protected] and [email protected]

The Application must include the following attachments:

1. The UNESCO Fellowship application form was duly completed in duplicate. Two recent photographs (obligatory) should be included with the form.

2. Certified copies of degrees or diplomas (including the transcript of grades) in duplicate. Proof of having got a Master’s degree must be included.

3. A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the candidate’s work.

4. 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 show that the host institute confirms its willingness to provide the relevant research facilities required by the candidate in the chosen field of specialization.

5. The certificate of language proficiency (in 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.

(Note: The following costs are not eligible: computer or equipment purchases; publication costs; attendance at conferences unless a case can be made that such attendance is an integral part of the research and would make a direct and significant contribution to the outcome of the development of the research project.)

6. UNESCO and Japan attach the greatest importance to originality and quality. Consideration will be given only to well-planned research proposals which show innovation, imagination and relevance, and which promise to contribute to knowledge in the four specific areas mentioned in paragraph D.1 above.

7. Files that are incomplete or which are received after the deadline for application, as well as applications that do not meet the requirements mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration.

Application Deadline for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Program

January 20th 2022


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