The Abe Fellowship for Journalists Is Accepting Applications
The Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ) offers stipends for journalists interested in pursuing individual short-term policy-related projects on topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan. The fellowship is administered by the Abe Fellowship Program at the Social Science Research Council and is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.
Fellows are expected to produce an analytical article or feature story that will inform public debate or a policy community on one of the following topics:
1) Traditional and Non-Traditional Approaches to Security and Diplomacy:
Topic areas 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 peacebuilding.
2) Global and Regional Economic Issues:
Topic areas include regional and bilateral trade agreements, international financial stability, globalization and the mitigation of its adverse consequences, sustainable urbanization, and environmental degradation.
3) Social and Cultural Issues:
Topic areas 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 multicultural urban areas.
Research projects should be policy-relevant, contemporary, and comparative or transnational.
The fellowship provides support for six weeks of fieldwork in Japan or the United States. The term may be divided between the principal destination and another country. The maximum stipend is $25,600, which includes a preparation allowance, one roundtrip air ticket, per diem for overseas fieldwork, and support for interpretation or research assistance based on requests.
This 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 serious long-term affiliation with the American or Japanese journalistic community.
Applicants must have at least five years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, newsmagazines, wire services, or online news organizations. Freelancers are eligible.
Apply online at https://soap.ssrc.org by September 15th.
For further information and to apply, see the AFJ Detailed Application Criteria. (www.ssrc.org/fellowships/abe-fellowship-for-journalists)
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