Designed to encourage multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern, the program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. The program strives to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.
Fellows will receive a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve months of full-time support over a twenty-four-month period for projects demonstrating important contributions to intellectual and/or policy debates and breaking new theoretical or empirical ground. Project themes identified by the foundation include:
Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security — Topics include food, water, and energy insecurity; pandemics; climate change; disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery; and conflict, terrorism, and cyber security.
Growth and Sustainable Development — Topics include global financial stability; trade imbalances and agreement; adjustment to globalization; climate change and adaptation; and poverty and inequality.
Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations — Topics include aging and other demographic change; benefits and dangers of reproductive genetics; gender and social exclusion; expansion of STEM education among women and underrepresented populations; migration; rural depopulation and urbanization; impacts of automation on jobs; poverty and inequality; and community resilience.
Governance, Empowerment, and Participation — Topics include challenges to democratic institutions; participatory governance; human rights; the changing role of NGO/NPOs; the rise of new media; and government roles in fostering innovation.
The competition is open to citizen of the United States and Japan as well as nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Japan or the United States.
To be eligible, candidates must hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience.
See the Social Science Research Council website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of past recipients.