The Nippon Foundation “International Fellowship” program was launched in fiscal 2012, complementing the Foundation’s previously established fellowship programs for the cultivation of human resources and exchanges, which include “The API (Asian Public Intellectuals) Fellowships Program (API)” in eight Asian countries, and “The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff)” at 69 universities in 44 countries around the world.
The International Fellowship program aims to cultivate people who can deal with globalization and can transmit information to the world. Applications are accepted from late June, with the fellows selected in late September and training in overseas research institutes beginning the following spring.
Japan has been criticized in the past for its weakness in information dissemination. In response, The Nippon Foundation made a commitment to support Nippon.com (formerly Japan Echo) to create a website to transmit information about Japan in the six official UN languages. This fellowship program shares this aim – to cultivate information dissemination on a global basis.
The program targets Japanese people aged between 25 and 40 who work for the public benefit in the fields of politics, economics, and legal issues. The Foundation will accept applicants from administrative offices of central and local governments, as well as from the media and NGOs.
Applicants must have advanced language skills and a strong desire to do international work. A recommendation from the organization or office with which they are currently affiliated will also be required.
Successful applicants will be required to continue for the whole term of the fellowship program. If a fellow leaves the program during the two years of the research phase, they may be asked to return the scholarship money. After concluding the research phase, fellows will be expected to return and work at their original organization for three years to apply what they have learned.
Applications can be made until the end of August, and a selection committee will select the fellows by the end of September. The fellows will begin their research at an overseas institute by the following April.
Fellows will be required to identify and gain acceptance from the institutes at which they will study. The fellowship term is a maximum of two years. 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.
Please visit The Nippon Foundation International Fellowship website for more details.