UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme: UNESCO calls to Young Researchers to apply
For the thirteenth consecutive year, the Japan Funds-in-Trust Project offers 20 research fellowships focuses on post-graduate research activities in the following four areas: environment (with particular emphasis on water sciences); intercultural dialogue, information and communication technologies; and peaceful conflict resolution.
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 before 30 August 2013
Duration of proposed research: Minimum: 3 months, maximum: 9 months
The amount should be determined according to the proposed duration and place of research (between US$6,000 to US$10,000). The amount should not exceed US$10,000.
Possible date of commencing research: Any time from March 2014 onwards
Deadline for termination of research: end of December 2015
Place of study: In one or two countries abroad
Applicants 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 in paragraph D.1 below. 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 1974 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.
The application must include the following attachments:
(i) The UNESCO Fellowship application form duly completed in duplicate. Two recent photographs (obligatory) should be included with the form.
(ii) Certified copies of degrees or diplomas (including transcript of grades) in duplicate. Proof of having obtained a Master’s Degree must be included.
(iii) A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the candidate’s work.
(iv) 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.
(v) 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.
(vi) 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. (detalles en PDF).
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