By: E&P Staff
The Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ) offers stipends for journalists interested in pursuing individual short-term policy-related projects about pressing issues for the United States and Japan, and is now accepting applications.
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.
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 $23,500, which includes a preparation allowance, one roundtrip air ticket, per diem for overseas fieldwork, and support for interpretation or research assistance based on requests.
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:
— Traditional and nontraditional 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 peace building).
— Global and regional economic issues (topic ares include regional and bilateral trade agreements, globalization and the migration of its adverse consequences, sustainable urbanization, and environmental degradation).
— Role of civil society (topic areas include demographic change, immigration, the role of NPOs and NGOs as champions of the public interest, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility).
Research projects should be policy-relevant, contemporary, and comparative or transnational.
The competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan. Applicants must have at least five years of professional journalistic experience in newspapers, newsmagazines, wire services, or online news organizations. Freelancers are also eligible.
For further information and to apply, go here.