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UNESCO / Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme

UNESCO is inviting young researchers in developing countries to apply for grants through the UNESCO / Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed for the seventh time by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to the development of human resources.

The programme - named after the late Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi who was known for his commitment to development issues - offers a total of 20 fellowships for a maximum value of US$10,000 each. They target post-graduate university researchers with a Masters degree, or equivalent, in one of four fields: the environment, inter-cultural dialogue, information and communication technology, and peaceful conflict resolution.

UNESCO's National Commissions, Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and the Organization's field offices are invited to call on potential candidates to apply for the fellowships. Researchers under 40 years of age may submit their applications to their country's National Commission for UNESCO, which will select a maximum of two candidates. A special selection committee of experts in the four research fields concerned will review the applications and propose a pre-selection to the Director-General of the Organization. Applications must reach UNESCO Headquarters in Paris before 12 January 2007.

Contact: Ali Zaid, Fellowship Section, UNESCO; tel.: +33 (0)1 45 68 15 07; fax: +33 (0)1 45 68 55 03; e-mail: a.zaid@unesco.org.