2015/2016 Abe Fellowship for Journalists (International reporting on topics of pressing global concern)

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Application Deadline: September 15th 2015

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) announce the Abe Fellowship for Journalists (AFJ). Funding for the fellowship is provided by CGP.

The Abe Fellowship 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.


  • The AFJ competition is open to citizens of the United States and Japan with at least five years of professional journalistic experience with newspapers, newsmagazines, wire services, and online news organizations. Freelancers are also eligible. 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.
  • 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 nonpartisan.

Fellowship awards are contingent upon receipt of funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Fellowship Terms

  • 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 stipend is $23,500, which includes one round-trip air ticket, funds to prepare for overseas fieldwork, and support for interpretation. 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 from January 15–18, 2016. The fellowship tenure may begin between April 1 and December 31, 2016.


The application deadline is September 15 annually. Applications must be submitted online at http://soap.ssrc.org. For further information, please contact the program directly at abe@ssrc.org

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Abe Fellowship for Journalists

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