The Nippon Foundation has started a new fellowship program called the “International Fellowship.” Applications were opened for it from June 23rd.
The Foundation already conducts fellowship programs to cultivate human resources and exchanges such as “The API (Asian Public Intellectuals) Fellowships Program (API)” in five Asian countries, and “The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)” in 69 universities of 44 countries in world wide.
The new fellowship program aims to cultivate people who can deal with globalization and can transmit information to the world. The first fellows will be selected in late September, and training in overseas research institutes will begin next spring.
Japan used to be criticized for its weakness of information dissemination, but The Nippon Foundation made a commitment to support Japan Echo to create a website to transmit information about Japan in 6 UN languages. The new fellowship program is founded on the same point of view. “International Fellowship” aims to cultivate information dissemination on a global basis.
The application process targets people in their 30s and 40s who work for the public benefit in the field of politics, economics and legal issues. The Foundation will accept applications from administrative offices both central and local, media, and NGOs.
Applicants must have good language skills, a strong will to do international work, and a recommendation from the organizations or offices where they are based will be required.
Successful applicants will be required to continue for the whole term of the fellowship program. If anyone leaves the program within the two years of the research phase, there is a possibility they will be asked to return the scholarship money. The fellows will then be expected to return and work at their original organization for three years in order to apply what they have learned.
Applications can be made until the end of August. A selection committee of knowledgeable persons will select the fellows by the end of September. The fellows will then go take up their research at an overseas institute by next April.
The fellows will be required to find institutes at which they will study. The fellowship term is a maximum of two years. The fellows will be provided expenses for living, research and travel. During the term of their research, they will be required to submit a report every six months, and a completion report when their term of research has ended.
The Foundation will review the result of the first year with the intention to increase the number of fellows to around ten in future.
If you have any questions, please call 03-6229-5181, The Nippon Foundation International Cooperation Group.