UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme for Young Post-doctoral Researchers from Developing Countries 482 views

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The UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme, also known as the UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme, is offering 10 fellowships to young post-doctoral researchers from developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), who are keen to undertake research from June 2020 onwards in 1 of the following 4 UNESCO-interest areas of development: 1) environment (with particular emphasis on disaster risk reduction), 2) intercultural dialogue, 3) information and communication technologies (ICT), and 4) peaceful conflicts resolution. No other research topic will be considered.

The fellowship is tenable for a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 9 months, and fellows can choose in which countries they wish to conduct their research. The research may commence anytime from June 2020, but must terminate by end February 2022. The studies may be undertaken in 1 or 2 countries, but fellows have to return to their home countries upon completion of fellowship to put to good use the knowledge acquired, in local research and training programmes.


Fellows will receive a lump sum contribution of US$10,000, which will be paid in 2 or 3 instalments. This sum, which is not negotiable, is intended to cover research costs only. No other costs will be considered and grants will be neither extended nor renewed.


Each National Commission from eligible developing and least developed countries (see Official Website for eligible countries) is to submit a maximum of 2 applicants, who must be post-graduate researchers 40 years old and below, holding either an MA or MSc degree (or equivalent) and wishing to pursue research work abroad (preferably in their own region) in 1 of the 4 aforementioned fields. Those who are in the process of completing their Masters degree must have completed it prior to taking up their Fellowship.

Candidates must be individuals of high intellectual promise likely to contribute significantly to the development of their country. They must carry out the research under the auspices of an academic supervisor in a host institution. Applicants must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study or research.

Priority will be given to:

  • Women candidates
  •  Candidates from least developed countries (LDCs) and SIDS
  • African researchers and
  • Those who may wish pursue their research studies in Japan.


Applications must reach the UNESCO office by 29 November 2019.

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