Investigative Reporting Fellowships

Deadline: 1 September 2016
Open to: citizens of the United States and Japan as well as to nationals of other countries, holders of a PhD or the terminal degree in their field
Fellowship: the maximum stipend is USD 23,500, including one round-trip air ticket


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

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.

The Abe Fellowship Research Agenda

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences and related disciplines relevant to any one or any combination of the four themes below. The themes are:

1) Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security;
2) Growth and Sustainable Development;
3) Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations;
4) Governance, Empowerment, and Participation.


  • Scholars and nonacademic research professionals;
  • 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;
  • The research project requires language ability, the applicant should provide evidence of adequate proficiency to complete the project;
  • Applications from researchers in professions other than academia are encouraged with the expectation that the product of the fellowship will contribute to the wider body of knowledge on the topic specified.
  • Projects proposing to address key policy issues or seeking to develop a concrete policy proposal must reflect nonpartisan positions.


  • The program provides support for six weeks in Japan or the United States;
  • The maximum stipend is USD 23,500, which includes one round-trip air ticket;
  • The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24-month period;
  • Fellows will be required to attend specific Abe Fellowship Program events.

How to Apply?

The application deadline is September 1 annually. Applications must be submitted online HERE.

For further information, please contact the program directly at [email protected]

More information on the official website.

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