Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange Fellowship Program

The Canon Foundation in partnership with Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange offers fellowships to highly qualified researchers in fields of research related to African Studies. The fellowships are for a minimum period of six weeks up to maximum of one year between April 1, 2025 and March 31, 2026.

The program is intended to support fellows from KU who want to do research in Africa, and for scholars from Kyoto University’s partner institutes in Africa who want to do research in Kyoto.


  • Fellowship Sponsor(s): Canon Foundation & Kyoto University
  • Host Institution(s): Kyoto University, Japan
  • Funding Amount: Ranges from 22,500 Euro to 27,500 Euro per year
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Postgraduates
  • Nationality: International Students

See Also: Ireland Fellows Programme – Africa Scholarship 2024-25 [Fully Funded]

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange Fellowship Program, the applicant has to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be international students
  • Applicants need to be holding at least an MA degree and employed either at KU or KU’s partner institutions as post-doctoral fellows or faculty members at the time of applying.
  • In addition, as long as African applicants can submit one of the two reference letters received from their prospective host from Kyoto University and prove their existing partnerships, they are eligible to apply for the program.
  • For a complete list of KU’s partner institutions, please visit its Global Engagement Website at  http://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/agreement/en/.

Equally Check: Mandela Washington Fellowship 2025 for Young Africans | Fully Funded

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Consideration of the applications takes place first at KU and then at CFE. The Selection Committee of CFE will make final decisions and email the results to applicants before the end of March of that year. Therefore, the earliest possible date to begin the fellowship is April 1 of the same year. Please submit the following documents to Kyoto University Africa Unit ([email protected]):

  • Your research plan including a clear title at the top of the page as well as starting/ending dates of the proposed research. The research plan needs to include a general cost estimate, including living, travel, research costs, insurance, and etc. (maximum 2 pages)
  • 2 reference letters (maximum 1 page each) from 2 persons. One letter should be from someone in a position to comment on your academic qualifications and professional work while the other should be a confirmation letter from your prospective host who can provide research or work facilities to you during the proposed period.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 copy of your doctoral certificate or your highest academic degree
  • 1 passport size photograph of yourself
  • 1 list of your academic publications or professional achievements in chronological order containing information on all authors, place and year of publication and page references.

 Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

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