Application & Requirements

Deadline for application

Applications open: 01 January (each year)

Applications closed: 15 September (each year). Results are communicated by December of each year.

Requirements for application

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Europeans should have permanent citizenship in the country;
  • Applicants should have obtained at least a Master's degree within the last ten years of applying to the Canon Foundation;
  • Have successfully completed a PhD or Master’s degree no longer than ten years ago. However,candidates who obtained their qualification more than ten years ago as long as they provide further supporting information in their application are considered;
  • Priority is given to applicants going to Europe and Japan for the first time;
  • Have a Japanese nationality or permanent resident of Japan;
  • Hold a doctorate or at least a Master’s degree;

How to apply

Applications should be made through our online application form. After registering, you will be directed to the application form.

As part of the application procedure, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Your research plan including an estimate of total costs(maximum 1 A4 sheet-2 sides)*
  • a confirmation from your host institute that research or work facilities will be made available to you
  • 2 reference letters from 2 persons who are in a position to comment on your academic or professional qualifications and on your previous work. The 2 referees can be different to the ones on your CV.
  • Your Curriculum Vitae*
  • Your highest academic degree or professional qualification obtained*
  • 1 passport size photograph of yourself*
  • A list of your academic publications or professional achievements in chronological order containing information on all authors, place and year of publication and page references.

*These documents MUST be uploaded at least before you can submit your application (1) your research plan (2) your Curriculum Vitae (3) your Doctoral/Degree or highest qualification/certificate (4) Passport-sized photograph

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The average success rate is around 10%. Funding decisions are based on the quality of the research plan, the reference letters and the host confirmation. The success rate is not influenced by gender, age and nationality. Between 1990 - 2016, a total of 363 Canon Research Fellowships were granted. 221 European Fellows and 142 Japanese Fellows were sponsored. European Fellows come from some 27 countries.

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