The Abe Fellowship Program - Deadline Sep. 1, 2018
Social Science Research Council
June 4, 2018
Brooklyn, New York
Fellowship - Experienced
Advocacy / Non-Profit
The Social Science Research Council and Abe Fellowship Program invite applications for projects from practitioners and researchers in public health.
About the Program
The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving.
Research support to individuals is at the core of the Abe Fellowship Program. Applications are welcome from scholars and nonacademic research professionals. The objectives of the program are to foster high quality research in the social sciences and related disciplines, to build new collaborative networks of researchers around the four thematic foci of the program, to bring new data and new data resources to the attention of those researchers, and to obtain from them a commitment to a comparative or transnational line of inquiry.
Those applying from the US must spend at least 1/3 of their fellowship tenure in Japan. Those applying from Japan must spend 1/3 of their fellowship tenure in the US.
The Abe Fellowship Research Agenda
Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research relevant to any one or any combination of the four themes below. The themes are:
1) Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security Especially welcome topics 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 Especially welcome topics 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 Especially welcome topics include aging and other demographic change, benefits and dangers of reproductive genetics, gender and social exclusion, expansion of STEM education among women and under-represented populations, migration, rural depopulation and urbanization, impacts of automation on jobs, poverty and inequality, and community resilience.
4) Governance, Empowerment, and Participation Especially welcome topics 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.
Across the program's four dominant themes, projects should demonstrate important contributions to intellectual and/or policy debates and break new theoretical or empirical ground. Within this framework, priority is given to research projects that help formulate solutions that promote a more peaceful, stable, and equitable global society or ameliorate the challenges faced by communities worldwide. Applicants are expected to show how the proposed project goes beyond previous work on the topic and builds on prior skills to move into new intellectual terrain.
For more information and to apply, please visit our program page and read our FAQ.
This competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Japan or the United States.
Applicants must hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field, or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience at the time of application.
Previous language training is not a prerequisite for this fellowship. However, if the research project requires language ability, the applicant should provide evidence of adequate proficiency to complete the project.
Applications from researchers in professions outside academia are encouraged.
Projects proposing to address key policy issues or seeking to develop a concrete policy proposal must reflect nonpartisan positions.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Fellowship amount varies and is based on research itinerary, amount of salary being replaced and additional research-related expenses.
Internal Number: 1
About Social Science Research Council
The Abe Fellowship Program encourages international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program fosters the development of a new generation of researchers interested in policy-relevant topics and willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network. In partnership with the SSRC, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) established the Abe Fellowship Program as its flagship program in 1991. The Abe Fellowship Program now includes three core elements: the Abe Fellowship, the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, and the Abe Fellows Global Forum (Abe Global).
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