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UNESCO Research Fellowship

UNESCO invites young post-graduate researchers in developing countries with a Master’s degree or equivalent, to apply for fellowships. This Research Fellowship Programme is financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to the development of human resources.
The programme, named after the late Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, offers a total of 10 fellowships to researchers.
A Lump sum contribution of US$10,000 will be awarded to selected candidates to cover research costs only.

The aim is to impact on capacity building and research activities in one of four fields:

  • Environment, with particular attention on disaster risk reduction (DRR);
  • Intercultural dialogue;
  • Information and communication technologies;
  • Peaceful conflict resolution.

Duration of proposed research:

  •  minimum:  3 months
  •  maximum: 9 months​​​​​​


  • Postgraduate researchers, already holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent), no older than 40 years, can apply through their country’s National Commission.
  • Priority will be given to women, candidates from the least developed countries  (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and African researchers.

Each Member State may nominate a maximum of two candidates. No applications will be considered from individuals.

The Member States of UNESCO who are eligible to apply are:

  • Africa – 47 Member States
  • Arab States – 12 Member States
  • Asia and The Pacific – 39 Member States
  • Latin America and the Caribbean – 29 Member States
  • Europe and North America – 12 Member States
  • Associate Member State – Tokelau 

All applications must be sent to the National Commission for UNESCO of the country of origin of the candidate that will then decide whether they will submit the application to UNESCO.

Deadline: 29 November 2019.

Application form, eligible countries and further information:

National Directory of Unesco national commissions:


Find out more here.