The Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan-Africa Exchange Program provides fellowships for exceptionally qualified researchers in areas associated with African Studies. This initiative aims to assist two main groups: 1) scholars from Kyoto University (KU) seeking to conduct research in Africa, and 2) researchers from Kyoto University’s affiliated institutions in Africa who wish to undertake research in Kyoto. Fellowships are available for a duration of at least three months and can extend up to a maximum of one year, covering the period between April 1, 2024, and March 31, 2025.

Scholarship Overview:

Scholarship Information:

The Canon Foundation in Europe operates as a charitable organization, dedicated to fostering international cultural and scientific connections between Europe and Japan. Established on December 22nd, 1987, under Dutch law, it originated from Canon Europa N.V., the European Headquarters of Canon, and is officially registered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While the Foundation is legally and financially independent, it maintains a strong collaborative relationship with Canon Europa N.V., which contributed the initial funding for its establishment

Scholarship Requirements:

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Additionally, African applicants can qualify by submitting one of two reference letters obtained from their prospective hosts at Kyoto University, demonstrating existing partnerships. For a comprehensive list of Kyoto University’s partner institutions, please refer to its Global Engagement Website at

Scholarship Duration and Award

Required Documents

Kindly submit the following documents to Kyoto University Africa Unit (


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