€27,500 Canon Foundation-Kyoto University 2024 Japan-Africa Exchange  Scholarship Program

Written by David on July 14, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Social Science
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Mailto: [email protected]

The Canon Foundation in Europe (CFE) and Kyoto University (KU) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017, which led to the establishment of the Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange Program in 2018. The fellowships are available to researchers with exceptional credentials who are working in disciplines of study that are relevant to African Studies. 1) Fellows from KU who want to perform research in Africa, and 2) scholars from Kyoto University’s partner institutes in Africa who want to do research in Kyoto The program is meant to help fellows from both universities in their respective research endeavors. The fellowships will be awarded between April 1, 2024 and March 31, 2025, with a minimum duration of three months and a maximum duration of one year.


About the Scholarship Provider:

Established in June of 1897, Kyoto University is steeped in tradition and history. Kyoto, a city rich in history and a major cultural hub in Japan, is home to the main campus. Since its inception, the University has worked tirelessly to promote academic freedom and the advancement of higher learning. Graduates of the University are prominent figures in politics, business, and society on a global scale. There are currently ten faculties, seventeen graduate schools, thirteen research institutes, twenty educational institutes, and several other institutions that make up Kyoto University. About 1.2% of the total student body comes from outside the United States, representing over 80 different nations. Yoshida, Uji, and Katsura are the three main campuses of Kyoto University, which also includes a number of other locations throughout Japan. 

Since the school’s inception, the Yoshida Campus has served as the institution’s operational hub. The main campus, in particular, features buildings representing a wide range of architectural eras and styles, from the historic brick structures from the time of the university’s founding (including the iconic Clock Tower Centennial Hall) to the ultra-modern laboratory facilities. It is an excellent physical manifestation of Kyoto University’s past. Seven distinct areas make up the Yoshida Campus. In 1949, Kyoto University acquired the land on which the Uji Campus now stands from the Imperial Army. Natural science and energy-related research institutes, centers, and large-scale testing facilities have moved onto the site. The campus is home to many cutting-edge research facilities, yet its lush vegetation and peaceful suburban location belie its scientific and technological prowess. Katsura Campus, the third at Kyoto University, is divided into four different Clusters. 


The Katsura Campus was originally envisioned as a “Techno-science Hill,” a place where cutting-edge research and cutting-edge technology meet. Established in October 2003, this center serves as a launchpad for pioneering research in engineering and informatics based on a new paradigm for the 21st century. It is a site where technology, geography, and nature merge and interact in sophisticated ways. In addition to collaborating with universities all over the world, Kyoto University, one of Japan’s most prestigious research institutions, is currently constructing its own research sites abroad, mostly in Asia and Africa. To that end, Kyoto University’s “The 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program” will have approximately half of its 22 programs based in abroad research centers.


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Scholarship Sponsor(s): Kyoto University Africa Office

Scholarship Country: Japan

Scholarship Worth: €27,500

Study Level:  Masters

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • Allowance in addition to the Cost of Travel
  • The amount of financial support provided to applicants who are successful ranges from 22,500 euros to 27,500 euros per year and is calculated on a pro-rated basis for each term. The payments will be directly administered by CFE, and the exact payment procedure will be communicated to each successful applicant.   

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Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • At the time of application, applicants are required to be working as post-doctoral fellows or faculty members at either KU or one of KU’s partner universities. Additionally, applicants must hold a master’s degree or higher. 
  • In addition, African students are able to apply for the program so long as they can demonstrate their current partnerships and present one of the two reference letters they obtained from their prospective host at Kyoto University. 
  • Please see the website for KU’s Global Engagement program at http://www.oc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/agreement/en/ for a comprehensive list of the universities with whom KU collaborates.
  • The applications are first taken into consideration by KU, and subsequently by CFE after that. Before the end of March of that year, the CFE Selection Committee will make final decisions and transmit the results to those who have applied for the position. As a result, the 1st of April of the same year is the earliest start date that can be accommodated for the fellowship. 

Required Forms and Documents for the Application

  • Please email the Kyoto University Africa Unit at the following address: [email protected] with the following attachments:
  • Your research plan should include a distinct title at the top of the page in addition to dates for the beginning and finishing of the proposed investigation. A general cost estimate needs to be included in the study plan. This should cover things like living expenses, travel expenses, research costs, insurance costs, and so on. (maximum 2 pages)
  • 2 reference letters, each no longer than one page long, from 2 different people. One of the letters ought to be from a person who is in a position to comment on your academic qualifications and professional work, and the other ought to be a confirmation letter from your potential host, who ought to be able to offer you with research or work facilities during the period that is being requested.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • 1 copy of your doctorate or your highest academic degree, whichever is applicable.
  • 1 photograph of you in the size required by passports
  • 1 a chronologically ordered list of your academic publications or professional achievements that includes information on all authors, the publication place and year, as well as page references.


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The Canon Foundation-Kyoto University 2024 Japan-Africa Exchange  Scholarship Program


If a student enrolls in one of the degree programs offered by SOAS University of London, they may be eligible to receive a fee waiver award in the amount of £5,000. This award is available to students who are interested in receiving a degree from SOAS University of London.


Application Procedure

  • If you have any problems regarding the application, please contact the Africa Unit at Kyoto University by sending an email to [email protected].
  • Visit the webpage of the KU Africa Office for further information.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Canon Foundation-Kyoto University 2024 Japan-Africa Exchange  Scholarship Program is November 15, 2023

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