The Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership have announced that the application period for the Abe Fellowship for Journalists is now open. The fellowship is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals on one of four themes.
1) Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security: Topics may include food, water, and energy insecurity; pandemics; climate change; disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery; and conflict, terrorism, and cyber security.
2) Growth and Sustainable Development: Topics may include global financial stability, trade imbalances and agreements, adjustment to globalization, climate change and adaptation, and poverty and inequality.
3) Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations: Topics may 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.
4) Governance, Empowerment, and Participation: Topics may 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.
Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community.
The AFJ competition is open to citizens of the U.S. 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 — with at least five years of professional journalistic experience working for a newspaper, newsmagazine, wire service, and/or online news organization. Freelancers also are eligible to apply.
The program provides support for six weeks in Japan or the U.S. The term may be divided between the principal destination and another country. For example, for Americans, four weeks in Japan and two weeks in another country in the region, and for Japanese, four weeks in the U.S. and two weeks in Canada or Mexico.
See the SSRC website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.