Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fellowship for Intellectual Exchange


The Fellowship Program for Intellectual Exchange 2011-2012 is designed to provide selected intellectuals in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa with an opportunity to visit Japan and conduct their own individual research on a chosen topic as well as networking/exchange activities. The program thus seeks to assist in the development of a new generation of Eastern European, Middle Eastern and African intellectual leaders who are familiar with Japan through established individual and institutional networks and are able to incorporate topics/elements related to Japan to their own field of research in future.

Eligibility of Applicants

1. Scholars, researchers (except undergraduate and graduate students), journalists and professionals who are engaged in research activities in the fields of the humanities or the social sciences, or who have practical experience in research, media, or non-profit organizations. In this fellowship, the applicant’s specialization should not be Japanese studies, but he/she should aim to conduct research that is related to Japan.
2. Individuals with adequate English-language proficiency to take part in collaborative interaction and to conduct research in Japan (Japanese-language ability is not assessed.

Please attach a certificate showing the applicant’s English-language ability, if you have one.)

3. Applicants who are under 45 years old at the point of April 1, 2011 (as a general rule), and who are nationals or permanent residents with an active academic/professional affiliation in any of the following countries:

[Eastern Europe]:Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Republic of Kosovo, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

[Middle East]:Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

[Africa]:Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Africa, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

4. Applicants who can find their own affiliated institutions and advisors in Japan.
5. Applicants who intend to take Japanese-language training courses, industry training courses or courses in traditional culture (e.g., flower arranging, karate) are not eligible. Religious and political activities and training for governmental officials are not eligible as well.

Research Topics

The content must include surveys and/or individual research and/or collaborative research, in the fields of either the humanities or the social sciences. The research topic must be one that is appropriate for visiting Japan (i.e., there should be a reason the fellow wishes to conduct research in Japan).

The topic must fulfil at least one of these requirements:

1. It must incorporate Japanese issues into your area of specialization.
2. It must be of mutual interest to Japan – Eastern Europe (including Russia,
Central Asia and Caucasus), or Japan - Middle East, or Japan - Africa.
3. It must be an international topic (global issue), related to Japan.

Expected Number of Fellows

Approx. 20


1. Round-trip, discount economy-class air ticket (PEX).
2. Allowance to cover accommodation, meals, local transportation, research expenses and
other incidentals (17,000 Japanese yen per day).
3. Insurance:
The insurance coverage provided will be in accordance with the general guidelines set
forth by the Foundation.
4. Domestic Transportation:
Domestic transportation expenses within Japan will be provided only when a Fellow
needs to travel no less than 100 km from the airport to his/her site of research.
5. The Japan Foundation will directly pay the supervisor fee (JPY 50,000) to the academic
6. The Japan Foundation will directly pay the assistant fee (JPY 30,000) to the assistant to
the fellow. Please note that the need for an assistant will be determined by the academic

Application Materials and Procedure

An application package should include the following documents:

1. Fully Completed Application Form
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. List of publications (optional)
4. One Letter of Recommendation
*5. Letter of Affiliation

Application Deadline

Applications must arrive at the Japanese Diplomatic Office* in your country by the date set by
the Office (*For applicants in Russia, Hungary and Egypt, the Japan Foundation Office

Notification of Results

Notification will be sent in the end of April 2011

Program Secretariat

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section
Attention: Takuya Sasaki (Mr.), Program Coordinator
Telephone: +81-3-5369-6071 FAX: +81-3-5369-6041


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