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Training and fellowship schemes constitute for UNESCO a strategic means for attaining sustainable human development and for fostering of international understanding and a culture of peace. UNESCO fellowships contribute towards the genuine sharing of knowledge and expertise in which each party, whether teacher or student, gives and learns. 

The UNESCO Fellowships Programme, through the award and administration of fellowships, study and travel grants, aims to:
    • Contribute to the enhancement of human resources and national capacity-building in areas that are closely aligned to UNESCO's expected strategic objectives and programme priorities; and,

    • Increase fellowships co-sponsorship arrangements with interested donors and extrabudgetary funding sources through the Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

In compliance with Resolution 13.6 adopted by the General Conference at its 28th session requesting UNESCO "... to regard the National Commission as the official channel in Member States for the submission of fellowship applications"

Only applications submitted and endorsed by the National Commission of the candidate's country will be examined. The UNESCO Secretariat cannot entertain requests from individuals.

Success stories:

    “I understand through my actual experience, that science has one common language that gives us the possibility to interact with everyone, without religious, political, cultural or social barriers. With this experience, I have acquired more confidence in myself, in the things that I can do and learn.”
    -M.P.J. UNESCO Fellow from Colombia

    “Fellowships for women are especially important, because although as capable as their male counterparts, women are often not encouraged to apply for fellowships or given the chance to advance towards leaderships until much later in their careers than men. The fellowship has allowed me to apply the knowledge and data gained from doctoral studies… The award of this fellowship has also increased the international cooperation between the host country and mine and will benefit by using existing and emerging technology from other countries.”
    -A.J.H. UNESCO Fellow from New Zealand
UNESCO Fellowship Programme; Study; Research



    2013-2014 - UNESCO/Czech Republic Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme

    2013 - UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2013 - Course: “Integrated Approach to Upgrading Poor Urban Areas”

    2013 - UNESCO/Israel (MASHAV) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme (2013) - Course on "Educational Methodologies Youth At-Risk: Preventing Student Dropouts and Facilitating Reintegration"


● 19 Aug 2004 Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships Media Advisory N°2004-55
UNESCO is calling on young researchers with advanced degrees (M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) in developing countries to apply to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme for fellowships ranging from US$ 6,000 to US$ 10,000. The amount varies according to duration and place of study. The Programme is financed by Japan through its funds in trust programme for capacity-building of human resources. More


KObuchi0708_cover sml.jpg● 2007-2008 UNESCO/KEIZO OBUCHI Research Fellowships Programme

Cover ---2006-2007 Directory of UNESCO Fellows.jpg● 2006-2007 Directory of UNESCO Fellows
The Directory shows the results of the fellowships administered by the UNESCO Fellowships Programme Section during the 2006-2007 biennial exercise. More

UNESCO_Obuchi_0304(cover)sml.jpg● 2003-2004 Results Achieved: UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme

KObuchi_2002_Page_01.jpg very sml.jpg● UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme in 2002 results achieved

2004-2005 Dir. unesco fellows (cover).jpg●  2004-2005 Results of the UNESCO Fellowships Programme Administered by the Fellowships Section

brochure2001 cover sml 1.jpg● Results Achieved in 2001 of UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowships Programme
"I believe that the foundation of education consist in fostering the life force, a cooperative and helping spirit and a heart which respects our natural environment" (Keizo Obuchi, the Prime Minister of Japan) More

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