Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

The Social Science Research Council supports post-doctoral fellowships and faculty research related to Japan in the humanities and social sciences through several programs.

SSRC Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop

The annual SSRC Japan Studies Dissertation Workshop seeks to create a sustained network of advanced graduate students and faculty by providing the opportunity to give and receive critical feedback on dissertations in progress. The annual workshop draws participants from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and from institutions throughout the U.S. The program is funded by the Japan Foundation

Application Deadline: October 1 Annually

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for ABD's and Recent Ph.D.s

The SSRC administers the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship Program for ABD's and Recent Ph.D.'s

Please note: Applications for the short term fellowship will be accepted from applicants who are within 2 years of finishing their Ph.D. degree or have received their Ph.D. within 6 years prior to April 2008. Financial support is provided in yen by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and varies according to the duration of the fellowship term.

Application Deadline: December 1 Annually

Abe Fellowship

The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage multidisciplinary research on contemporary and policy-relevant topics of pressing global concern to industrialized and industrializing societies around the world. The Program administers an annual fellowship competition that provides scholars and non-academic research professionals in the social sciences and the humanities with support for research projects addressing one or more of three themes: global issues, problems common to industrial and industrializing societies, and issues relating to U.S.-Japan relations. Funds are provided by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Application Deadline: September 1 Annually

Application forms and instructions can be downloaded from the SSRC website ( or requested from the SSRC Japan Program. For further information, please contact the program directly at

810 Seventh Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212) 377-2700; Fax: (212) 377-2727

More information on the programs can be found on the SSRC Japan Program's website.

Published: Monday, March 31, 2008