Canon Foundation Research Fellowship – Hosting Offer

The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) cordially welcomes Japanese postdoctoral researchers looking to conduct a period of research in Europe through the Canon Foundation Fellowship.  

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bruges, close to Brussels and many institutions of the European Union, visiting research fellows at UNU-CRIS will not only find themselves embedded within the global United Nations University network, which directly supports the broader UN system, but will also be able to take advantage of a unique partnership that UNU-CRIS has with both Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Canon Foundation Fellows will furthermore be provided with an office, along with a computer and free access to both the UNU-CRIS library facilities and those of its partner universities.  

We welcome researchers focusing on the role of the United Nations in the effort to create and maintain peace and stability. We also welcome applications focusing on the challenges to global or regional governance in line with one of the three research programs of the Institute:



Canon Foundation Fellowships are open to Japanese researchers, who must have, at the date of the call deadline:

  • obtained a doctoral degree within the past 10 years. 
  • preferably not conducted research in Europe before.


Expressions of Interest 

Expressions of interest should be sent to by 31 July 2018

Please submit:

  1. CV (maximum 4 sides of A4)
  2. Research plan, which specifies the relevance of the project to the aims and actions of the United Nations, incorporates a clear research design, and details why UNU-CRIS is the optimal place to pursue such a project (maximum of 4 sides of A4)
  3. University transcripts

The most promising applicant(s) will be contacted at the beginning of August and will then be fully supported through the application process by a dedicated Grant Officer. The deadline for final proposals is 15 September 2018 with an anticipated start date of January 2019. The duration of the Canon Foundation Fellowship will be between 6 and 12 months upon agreement between UNU-CRIS and the chosen candidate(s). The financial support for Research Fellows is €27,500 per year or pro-rata for shorter periods. Please note that international travel costs are not covered by the fellowship.