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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships sponsored by Japan
Editorial Contact: Farida Abou Shady, Chief of Fellowship Section. Telephone: 33 (01) 45 68 15 07. Fax: 33 (01) 45 68 55 03 - Email
Audiovisual Contact: Test Test, BPI/WEB, Telephone: 33 (01) 45 68 15 07. Fax: 33 (01) 45 68 55 03 - Email

14-01-2003 4:00 pm Paris - UNESCO has invited young post-graduate researchers in developing countries to apply for 20 fellowships, each worth US$7,500, through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to capacity building of human resources. In a series of letters, Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura called on all of UNESCO's National Commissions, delegations and field offices to invite potential candidates to apply for the fellowships before March 17, 2003, the deadline by which all applications must reach UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Started in 2000, the programme - named after the late Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi who was known for his commitment to development issues - will award the fellowships to researchers from developing countries who are active in one of four fields: the environment, inter-cultural dialogue, information and communication technologies and peaceful conflict resolution.

Post-graduate researchers, no more than 40 years of age, are eligible to apply to their country's National Commission for UNESCO, which will select two candidates. A special selection committee of experts in the four fields concerned will review the candidatures in order to make proposals to the Director-General.

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