The Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership have announced that applications are now open for the Abe Fellowship for Journalists. 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, the 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 with at least five years of professional journalistic experience with a newspaper, news magazine, wire service, and/or online news organization. Freelancers also are eligible. Nationals of other countries must be permanent residents of the U.S. or Japan, or have a long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic communities.
The program provides Abe Fellows with three to twelve months of full-time support over a twenty-four-month period. Stipend amounts are not fixed and vary widely, depending on the details of the research plan and on whether the award includes salary replacement.
See the SSRC website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.