2017/2018 United Nations/Japan Fellowship for Developing Countries

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Government of Japan in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) have established a United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies for nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at Kyutech.

Sponsor: The United Nations/Kyushu Institute of Technology

Scholarship Benefits

  • A research grant of 145,000 yen per month for the duration of your fellowship study (2 or 3 years) to cover housing, food, local transportation, and other expenses
  • An economy class air ticket from and to your home country
  • Fees for matriculation, tuition and entrance examinations are also covered


January 22, 2017


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be nationals of developing countries or non-space-faring nations (countries without an established substantial capability to develop space technology/launch space objects)
  • Be duly nominated by their institutions
  • Be born on or after 2 April 1982
  • Have the academic and professional background required by the specific fellowship programme
  • – If you’re seeking a Master’s degree, have completed studies ending with a Bachelor Degree or equivalent (4 year university degree) in engineering-related subjects
  • – If you’re seeking a Doctorate degree, have completed studies ending with a Master’s Degree or equivalent (5 years university degree) in engineering-related subjects
  • Be able to make professional use of the experience gained in the fellowship programme


To apply for the 2017/2018, United Nations/Japan Fellowship, you’re required to note the following:

  1. You must provide these online application documents:
  • Information Note (.pdf)
  • Terms of Participation (.pdf)
  • Nomination Form (.pdf)
  • Application Form (.pdf)
  • Referee Report Form (.pdf)
  • Academic Background (.pdf)
  • Academic Background Sample (.pdf)
  • Application for Japanese Government (MONBUKAGAKUSHO: MEXT) Scholarship (.pdf)
  • Field of Study and Study Program (.pdf)
  • Checklist (.pdf)
  1. Before you submit the online application documents, please first register for the Post-graduate study. After registering for the study, you will receive a confirmation email with the web address where you will download the .doc-versions of the application forms.
  2. You may then proceed to apply thus:
  • The fully completed application form and other required documents except the referee report forms shall be submitted in electronic format (.doc or .pdf) at the Web address that is in the confirmation e-mail you will receive after registering above, by no later than 22 January 2017.
  • Note: Please do not use spaces in your file names when you upload the application package, as the file server cannot handle the files correctly. Use “_” or “-” instead, e.g. “Tom.Smith.14.12.24”.
  • There are also rules for naming files and you must follow the rules. Please refer to the CHECKLIST. The Referee report forms should be sent by email to the Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) ( pnst@langmuir.ele.kyutech.ac.jp) email address by the referees themselves by no later than 22 January 2017 (Sunday, 17:00 JST).
  • In exceptional cases where you do not have access to electronic mail, the completed application may also be sent by postal mail or through the Office of the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the your country to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 500, A 1400 Vienna, Austria.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For more information: Check Scholarship official page.


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