UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers' Fellowships Programme

As early as 1947, with the believe that "people are building the next era", fellowships have been one of UNESCO’s effective modalities of action that empower people through access to knowledge, thereby impacting on the capacity-building of human resources and research activities in Member and Associate Member States.

The UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers’ Fellowship Programme was officially launched in 2001 wherein the Government of Japan has ever since offered 20 fellowships per year to deserving candidates, from developing countries especially the least developed countries (LDCs). This enables UNESCO to give impetus to innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in four areas under UNESCO's Priority Programme Areas:

1. Environment (with particular attention to Water Sciences)

2. Intercultural Dialogue

3. Information and Communication Technologies

4. Peaceful conflict resolution.


Over the last decade, 200 fellowships were awarded for a total amount of US $1,783,200. To date, the Programme has contributed to:

  • Strengthening UNESCO’s capacity-building activities;
  • Upgrading of knowledge of state-of-the-art developments;
  • Facilitating the transfer and sharing of knowledge, the exchange of information, and technical cooperation among developing countries (TCDC);
  • Supporting innovation, research and information in a number of fields of the Organization’s competence;
  • Promoting the forging of links and contacts;
  • Ensuring a “multiplier effect” as knowledge acquired abroad is brought home;
  • Fostering friendship, international understanding and peace among the beneficiaries and in the host countries.

To learn more about how to apply for the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme please visit the website of the programme.

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