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Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

Japan Foundation

Program Summary

Doctoral Fellowships give doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, including comparative research projects, the opportunity to conduct research in Japan for periods ranging from 4 to 14 months. Those proposals submitted for The Japan Foundation's support must be within the disciplines of humanities or the social sciences and must be related in substantial part to Japan. Fellows are expected to devote their full time to the pursuit of the goals described in their application. * In order to conduct research in Japan, the cooperation of an affiliated institution, advisor, or research associate is required and must be secured in writing. * Projects focused on improving Japanese-language proficiency; on training or self-improvement in the performing arts, fine arts, crafts, the martial arts, or sports, or in the fields of the physical, medical, or engineering sciences will not be considered. * Those holding Monbusho Scholarships at the time of the application deadline are not eligible to apply. * Grantees may not hold another grant concurrently with the Foundation fellowship.

Eligibility

Applicants must have completed all academic requirements except the dissertation when they begin the fellowship and are expected to have sufficient proficiency in the Japanese language to pursue their research in Japan. Higher priority will be given to applicants who expect to submit their dissertation shortly after the completion of their fellowship. Three letters of reference, an evaluation of Japanese-language ability, and academic transcripts must accompany all applications.

1) Projects: Those proposals submitted for The Japan Foundation's support must be within the disciplines of humanities or the social sciences and must be related in substantial part to Japan. Comparative research is acceptable. Fellows are expected to devote their full time to the pursuit of the goals described in their application.

2) Nationality: American citizens, American citizens temporarily residing abroad, or permanent residents of the United States should submit their applications to The Japan Foundation New York Office no later than the November 1, 2003 postmark deadline. These applications will be reviewed in the United States by the American Advisory Committee (AAC).

The proceedure is different for those applicants residing in the United States who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. The deadline is December 1, 2003 and application forms are available from either the New York Office or our Tokyo Headquarters. Americans with permanent residency abroad should submit their applications through the Foundation's overseas offices or Japanese diplomatic mission in the country where they reside no later than December 1, 2003. These applications will be reviewed by The Japan Foundation Headquarters in Tokyo.
Japanese nationals, except those who have permanent residency in the United States, are not eligible to apply.

3) Affiliation in Japan: In order to conduct research in Japan, the cooperation of an affiliated institution, advisor, or research associate is required and must be secured in writing.

4) Balance: In its allocation of grants, The Japan Foundation will take into account a reasonable balance of disciplines and geographical distribution of institutions.

Ineligibility

1) Projects focused on improving Japanese-language proficiency; on training or self-improvement in the performing arts, fine arts, crafts, the martial arts, or sports, or in the fields of the physical, medical, or engineering sciences will not be considered.

2) Former Japan Foundation/Abe Fellowship recipients may not reapply until at least three years after the completion of their last fellowship (e.g., if one's fellowship ended 12/31/00, one may not reapply for 2004-2005 grant year fellowship).

3) Those holding Monbusho (Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture) Scholarships at the time of the application deadline are not eligible to apply.

Basic Terms and Conditions

1) Tenability: Japan Foundation Fellowships are tenable only in Japan.

2) Grant Commencement: Applicants for the 2004-2005 fellowship programs normally should begin their fellowships between May 6, 2004 and March 31, 2005. Any change in the grant period specified in the award is possible only upon the Foundation's prior approval; please note, however, that extension of a fellowship beyond the period specified in the award will not be considered.

3) Grant-Holding Restriction: Grantees may not hold another grant concurrently with the Foundation fellowship. Those who have been offered another award whose duration overlaps with that of the Foundation fellowship must decline the overlapped period of either the Foundation fellowship or the other award. Alterations in the commencement date in order to accommodate the acceptance of another award are not permitted.

Stipend

Airfare (See Notes 1 and 2) Economy class ticket to and from Japan
Insurance Traveler's insurance policy for Fellow only
Settling-in allowance (See Note 2) ¥239 000
Departure allowance ¥64,000
Monthly stipend (See Note 3) Research, Artist Fellows: ¥430,000/month or ¥370,000/month
Doctoral Fellows: ¥310,000/month
Dependent allowance(See Note 4) ¥50,000/month (flat rate)
Research/cultural activities allowance ¥40,000/month
Enrollment fees Actual amount, up to ¥50,000/month

Notes
1) The Foundation will, in principle, provide a full-fare, round-trip, economy-class air ticket to and from Japan. However, if a fellow is accompanied by his/her dependents when going to or returning from Japan using discount tickets, the Foundation may, under certain circumstances, reimburse the actual cost of these tickets up to the amount of one full-fare, round-trip, economy-class ticket.
2) Grantees already in Japan before the commencement of the fellowship will receive only a one-way ticket to their home country, and will not be eligible for the settling-in allowance.
3) The monthly stipend is determined in accordance with the grantee's professional status.
4) A dependent allowance will be provided to Fellows whose dependents (spouse and children only) reside in Japan continuously for more than one month.

Deadline

November 1

Application and for more information

Application materials include:
* an application form available on the web at http://www.jfny.org/jfny/fellow.html;
* three letters of reference;
* a letter of affiliation;
* a Japanese-language ability assessment form (only for Doctoral Candidates).
Please send the original set and 9 photocopies (altogether 10 sets) to the Japan Foundation New York office.

For complete guideline and application information please contact:
The Japan Foundation, New York office
152 West 57 Street,
39th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 489-0299
Fax: (212) 489-0409
http://www.jfny.org/jfny/fellow.html

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