UNESCO invites Researchers from Developing Countries for the 2012 Keizo Obuchi Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Program

UNESCO is currently seeking applications for the 2012 Keizo Obuchi Program (UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Program) funded by the Government of Japan within the framework of Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Capacity-Building of Human Resources. The fellowships are open to young researchers from developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs). A total of 20 research fellowships are being offered for the year 2012 with a duration ranging from 3 to9 months.

Research Topics

  • Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences);
  • Intercultural Dialogue;
  • Information and Communication Technologies; and
  • Peaceful conflict resolution.

Fellowship Provisions

Fellowship provides a monetary funding ranging from US$6,000 to US$10,000 each.


The fellowships are awarded to post-graduate university researchers with a Masters degree or an equivalent qualification in one of the research topics.

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

–     Candidates under this Program 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 above. 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 1972 will not be considered under the Program.

–     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)

->  Palestinian 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).

Last date for submission of applications is January 13, 2012.

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  1. Joshua Muya says:

    A right opportunity at the right time.
    Just completed my Masters in Environmental Planning and Management.Am really interested.Regards

  2. Mubaraka Mike Conrad says:

    Dear Sir, this is an opportunity i have searching for.

    Am so much interested in this.