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Canon Foundation/Kyoto University 2021Japan-Africa Exchange Program for African Researchers

The Japan-Africa Exchange Program offers grants to scholars from Kyoto University who want to do research in Africa related to African Studies, and for scholars from Kyoto University’s partner institutes in Africa who want to do research in Kyoto.

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the Canon Foundation in Europe (CFE)and Kyoto University (KU),  the Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange Program started in 2018. The program offers fellowships to highly qualified researchers in fields of research related to African Studies. The program is intended to support 1) fellows from KU who want to do research in Africa, and 2) for scholars from Kyoto University’s partner institutes in Africa who want to do research in Kyoto.

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About Kyoto University

At Kyoto University, many researchers carry out their research in Africa in a wide range of fields. The Kyoto University Africa Office was approved in April 2019 as an overseas office jointly operated by the Center for African Area Studies and the Interdisciplinary Unit for African Studies.  With support from International Strategy Office and Research Administration Office, the Africa Office will organically connect research, education and social service activities of the departments that have been active in Africa, and further expand cooperative relationships with universities, resear... read more


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Canon Foundation/Kyoto University Exchange Program for African Researchers


Aim and Benefits of Canon Foundation/Kyoto University Exchange Program for African Researchers

The financial support for successful applicants ranges from 22,500 Euro to 27,500 Euro per year and is pro-rated for different periods. CFE will directly administer the payments and notify the detailed payment procedure to each successful applicant. 


Requirements for Canon Foundation/Kyoto University Exchange Program for African Researchers Qualification

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.


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Documents Required for Application

Please submit the following documents:

  • 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

February 15, 2021


How to Apply

Please submit the following documents to Kyoto University Africa Unit ([email protected])

For more details, visit KU website



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