Abe Fellowship Program for Journalists
September 15th, Annually
|Funding period:||6 Weeks|
$23,500 but restrictions apply
Program DetailThe Abe Fellowship Program for Journalists 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.
Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community.
- The competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan. Nationals of other countries must be permanent residents of the United States or Japan, or have a long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic communities.
- Applicants must have at least five years of professional journalistic experience in newspapers, news magazines, wire services, or on-line news organizations. Freelancers are also eligible.
- U.S.-based applicants with no previous journalistic employment in Japan have priority; Japan-based applicants with no previous journalistic employment in the United States have priority.
- Proposals must be non-partisan.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals on one of the three components of the Abe Fellowship Research Agenda:
Traditional and non-traditional approaches to security and diplomacy: Appropriate research topics include transnational terrorism, internal ethnic and religious strife, infectious diseases, food safety, climate change, and non-proliferation, as well as the role of cultural initiatives in peace building.
- Global and regional economic issues: Suitable topics include regional and bilateral trade arrangements, international financial stability, globalization and the mitigation of its adverse consequences, sustainable urbanization, and environmental degradation.
- Social and Cultural Issues: Appropriate topics include demographic change, immigration, the role of civil society and media as champions of the public interest, social enterprise, corporate social responsibility, and revitalization of multi-cultural urban areas.
- Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community. The Fellow and his/her news organization will decide when to run the article.
- The program provides support for six weeks in Japan or the United States. 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 United States and two weeks in Canada or Mexico.
- The maximum stipend is $23,500, which includes one roundtrip air ticket, $500 to prepare for overseas fieldwork, and support for interpretation based on requests. Fellows may receive salary from their employers, but cannot carry out assignments while on the award.
- Fellows are required to attend the Abe Fellows' Retreat in January. The fellowship tenure must begin between April 1 and December 31.
Application ProcessFor information on how to apply to the Abe Fellowship Program for Journalist, please refer to the Abe Fellowship for Journalists page on the Social Science Research Council website.