Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2020-21 in Japan
  • Fully Funded

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teachings, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Applications for grants (Journalism) for the academic year 2020-2021 are now being accepted. The purpose of this award is to provide opportunities for both junior and senior journalists working in print, broadcast and digital media to become better informed about Japan.

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Grant Activity:

  1. Conduct research in the applicant’s area of specialization. Proposals must be feasible with respect to the applicant’s qualifications and language abilities, as well as time frame.
  2. It is expected that the research will result in a tangible product appropriate to the grantee’s particular field of journalism (for example, a series of articles, a television program or a series of radio stories on some facet of Japan). The product should be described in some detail in the project statement.
  3. During the grant period, grantees are welcome to generate periodic articles or reports, but they are not allowed to serve as a regular correspondent for either a U.S. employer or if there is one, their Japanese affiliation.

Information about the grant:

  • Number of grants – Up to 10 (including research and journalist grants)
  • Grant Length – 3-9 months
  • Grant Dates – Grants must begin between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021

There is a flex option available for this grant. The Serial (Flex) Grant is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline.
Serial (Flex) grant parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is six months
  • Grant cannot be divided into more than two segments
  • Grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years with a half or more of the total grant period completed during the first academic year
  • The second segment must resume within one year after the completion of the first segment

Location:

Japan

Benefits

  • Stipend
    • 350,000 yen per month
    • Family allowance: 50,000-100,000 yen per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents
    • Housing allowance: 120,000-200,000 yen per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents
  • Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance
    •  Roundtrip international travel arranged by Fulbright commission for the grantee and a primary dependent who accompanies the grantee on a grant of nine months or more
    • Baggage allowance: $300-$500 for Japan-bound and 60,000-100,000 yen for U.S.-bound, depending on the length of the grant
    • Settling-in allowance: equivalent to one month’s housing allowance (120,000 yen to 200,000 yen)
  • Estimated Book and Research Allowance
    • Research allowance: 300,000-500,000 yen, depending on the length of the grant
    • Research travel allowance: 30,000-100,000 yen, depending on the length of the grant
  • Special Award Benefits
  • Honoraria for guest lecturing may be accepted under the terms of the award.
  • Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations.

Eligibilities

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application unless specific exemptions apply.

  • U.S. citizenship – permanent residence is not sufficient
  • Only applications in the following discipline of Journalism will be considered.
  • The grant is open to all levels of scholars, except early career
  • Ph.D. (or other terminal degrees) is not required
  • Research can be conducted in English; proficiency in Japanese is not required but desirable.
  • Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant.
  • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. In this case, a period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.
  • Recent college graduates with limited professional experience are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Sound physical and mental health: selected candidates are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
  • Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), but excluding minor traffic violations. Applicants must promptly notify IIE in writing if they are arrested for, indicted for, charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations) after submitting the application.

Please note: Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.

Eligible Regions: United States

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: September 17, 2019 (54 Days Remaining)

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