Abe Fellowship Program 2016 for Journalists

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Proposal deadline: September 15th, Annually
Funding opportunity: Individual funding
Funding period: 6 Weeks
Funding maximum: $23,500 but restrictions apply
Contact: abe@ssrc.org

The 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 four components of the Abe Fellowship Research Agenda:

  • 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 secruity.
  • Growth and Sustainable Development: Especially welcome topics include global financial stability, trade imbalances and agreements, adjustments to globalization, climate change and adaptation, and poverty and inequality.
  • 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 excludion, expansion of STEM education among women and underrepresented populations, migration, rural depopulation and urbanization, impacts of automation on jobs, poverty and inequality, and community resilience.

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.


  • 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, funding 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 Process

For 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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  Abe Fellowship Program 2016 for Journalists


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