Fellowship Program2006 by fjzhangm



Fellowship Program for Intellectual Exchange 2006
Program Announcement & Application Instructions 1. Program Outline
1. Objectives and Program Overview This program is designed to provide young intellectuals in the Middle East with an opportunity to visit Japan for three weeks. Approximately seven participants will be involved in collaborative interaction [Core Program] through a series of lectures, fellows‟ presentations, field trips and workshops/seminars organized around the overall theme of “Education and Development: from political, economical and cultural perspectives”. They will meet counterparts in Japan along with other participating fellows from the Middle East. The program also offers a possible extended term for the fellows to conduct their own individual research in a chosen topic and networking/exchange activities. The program thus seeks to assist in the development of a new generation of Middle Eastern intellectual leaders who are familiar with Japan through established individual and institutional networks and are able to add topics /elements relating to Japan to their own field of research in future. 2. Eligibility of Applicants (1) Scholars, researchers (including graduate students), journalists and other professionals who are engaged in research activities in the field of humanities and the social sciences at universities, or research, media, or non-profit organizations in the Middle East. (2) Applicants whose specialization is Japanese studies are NOT able to apply. However, the applicant should aim to conduct research that is related to Japan. (3) Individuals with adequate English proficiency to take part in the three-week core program and to conduct research in Japan (4) Individuals who are interested in the topic of this year („Education and Development‟). (5) Applicants must be a national/permanent resident with active academic/professional affiliation in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, UAE, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya


ME2006 3. Program Periods The Program has the following two phases: (1) Core Program (November 5 to November 26, 2006; 22 days) This is mandatory for all fellows. This is the period when the collaborative interaction takes place, and the fellows are engaged in a common program of activities. (2) Extended Fellowship Term for Individual Research (November 26 to December 22, 2006; up to 27 days) This is an optional period. Applicants can propose an extension of the fellowship term following the core program. The Foundation will evaluate the proposal and decide whether to approve or decline the request for an extension. 4. Program Contents [Core Program] -This is a three-week period, which will include lectures, workshops, field trips and seminars.
Date (2006) November 5 (Sun) November 6 (Mon) Core Program Contents (tentative) Arrival in Japan Program orientation Introduction session, presentation of proposed research Welcome dinner AM: Lecture (1), Lecture (2) PM: Field trip and workshop (Politics) AM: Lecture (3), Lecture (4) PM: Field trip and workshop (Economy) Free for individual research AM: Lecture (5) PM: Free for individual research Free for individual research Field trip to Kyoto AM: Lecture (6) / PM: Field trip in Kyoto AM: Lecture (7) / PM: Field trip in Osaka Field trip to Nara Field trip to Hiroshima AM: Lecture (8) / PM: Return to Tokyo Free for individual research Submission of the draft of the final project report Workshop (“Education and Development”) Free for individual research Free for individual research / Submission of the final project report Core program wrap-up session Farewell Reception Field trip and workshop (Culture) Departure from Japan or start of individual research component Accommodation

November 7 (Tue) November 8 (Wed) November 9 (Thu) November 10 (Fri) November 11 (Sat) November 12 (Sun) November 13 (Mon) November 14 (Tue) November 15 (Wed) November 16 (Thu) November 17 (Fri) November 18 - 19, (Sat - Sun) November 20 (Mon) November 21 (Tue) November 22 (Wed) November 23 (Thu) November 24 (Fri) November 25 (Sat) November 26 (Sun)






ME2006 . The overall theme of the Fall 2006 program is “Education and Development.” -Fellows have to choose topics related to “Education and Development” from their own perspective. The topics should be appropriate for discussions with other fellows and Japanese researchers and for comparing Japan with the fellow‟s own country. E.g.) “How are Education and Development related to democracy?” “Education and Development from the perspective of Women‟s social status” “Economic development and Education” “Education and Development as a solution of unemployment problems” [Extended Fellowship Term for Individual Research] (1) This is the additional period available for those fellows who have successfully been granted an extended fellowship term with a confirmed Japanese hosting institution/advisor. -Fellows will conduct their own individual research activities on their chosen topic. -The research topic must be one that is appropriate for visiting Japan (i.e. there should be a reason why the fellow requires to stay in Japan for research). The topic must fulfill at least one of these requirements: 1. A topic that incorporates Japanese issues into your area of specialisation. 2. A topic that is of mutual interest to Japan-Middle East. 3. An international topic (global issue). * Although fellows can choose a different topic from the core program, it is desirable that both topics are similar and interconnected. 5. Obligations of the participants (1) For all fellows: To prepare a Research Project Paper prior to your arrival, for the purpose of sharing your research interests with the other fellows (1 page) To take part in all lectures, field trips and workshops/seminars of the Core Program. To give a presentation of proposed research at the introduction session, and an expanded presentation of the Research Project at the final seminar of the Core Program; To submit the final project paper of the Core Program on November 23. To submit an essay about Japan and experiences of the Intellectual Exchange Program within one month after leaving Japan. (2) For those Fellows whose fellowship term has been extended: To submit an individual research project report to the Japan Foundation one day before leaving Japan.


ME2006 6. Contents of Fellowship Award (1) Round-trip discount economy-class air ticket (PEX) Please note that excess luggage charges must be borne by the fellows. (2) Allowance to cover accommodation, meals, local transportation, research expenses and other incidentals (20,000 Japanese yen per day). (3) Insurance: Please note that the insurance coverage provided would be in accordance with the general guidelines as set forth by the Foundation. (4) The Japan Foundation will directly pay a supervisor fee (¥50,000) to the academic supervisor (Applicants who want to extend the fellowship term only). (5) The Japan Foundation will pay enrolment fees (up to ¥50,000) to the fellow‟s affiliated organization, in the case that the Japan Foundation recognises its necessity (Applicants who want to extend the fellowship term only). 7. Application Materials and Procedure (1) For an application pack and further information, please contact the Japanese Embassy in your country. For applicants in Egypt, please contact the Japan Foundation Cairo Office. (2) Please note that electronic applications will not be accepted. (3) Applicants should send the following documents: - Fully Completed Application Form - Curriculum Vitae - One Letter of Recommendation from applicant‟s organisation in your country - List of publications (optional) - Copies of letters, faxes or e-mail messages from the institution or advisor in Japan with which applicants intend to affiliate themselves fellowship term only). 8. Application Deadline Applications must arrive at the Japanese Embassy (*) in your country by the date set by the Embassy. (*) For applicants in Egypt, the Japan Foundation Cairo Office 9. Notification of Results Notification will be sent out in mid-September 2006. (Applicants who want to extend the



2. Application Materials and Instructions
(1) These materials include: a) an application form (three pages); b) a letter of reference. (2) Please read the Fellowship Program Announcement 2006-2007 above and the following instructions carefully before you complete these forms. If these instructions are not fully considered (in terms of insufficient provision of documents or information), the applicant will not be considered for a fellowship. (3) Please use only the space given on the application form except where indicated. (4) The application and other documents will not be returned. (5) The application form should be filled out in English or Japanese. (6) Applications should be typewritten.

Notes for filling in the application form: ・Page 1 (1) Name: Candidates should write only in the Roman alphabet. It should be exactly the same as in your passport. (2) Nationality: List all nationalities (citizenships) and permanent-residency permits you hold. (3) Present Address: Give both institutional and home addresses and indicate the address to which the result of the screening should be mailed. Please notify promptly the relevant Japanese diplomatic mission of any change of these addresses. (4) Present Position (5) Higher Education: Begin with the most recent degree. Indicate the degree earned, date, discipline, and name and address of the institution. (6) Employment: Begin with the most recent position. List all institutions, positions and periods of employment. (7) Research topic in Japan: Give the title of the research. (8) Proposed term of fellowship: The fellowship starts on November 5th ; please write the relevant end date (latest possible date is December 22nd 2006). ・Page 2: (9) (a) Summary of the research project for the core program (November 5-26). See the application form for instructions regarding the necessary attachment. (b) Summary of your individual research project (only for those extending the fellowship). See the application form for instructions regarding the necessary attachment. * Fellows who choose the same topic for the extended fellowship term as that of the core program can integrate the research plans into ONE research plan (total three pages). (10) English-language proficiency: Check the columns to indicate the level of your


ME2006 English-language ability. ・Page 3 (11) Previous stay(s) in Japan and other overseas experience. It is not necessary to indicate stopovers or short trips for sightseeing. If you have been in Japan on a grant from the Japan Foundation, please specify the period and the name of the program. (12) Major publications, public presentations or other relevant professional activities and awards: In addition to the above, please give the titles of your Master‟s and Doctoral theses (if applicable) as well as the dates and universities where they were awarded. (13) Referee Information: Give the name, institution, department, and position of the individual to whom you are sending the Letter of Reference Form. (14) For applicants who want to extend the fellowship term: Affiliation in Japan: In order to conduct research in Japan, the cooperation of an affiliated institution/advisor is important. Give the exact name of the institution/person with which/whom you intend to be affiliated, in English. Indicate the current status of your arrangements with this institution/person in the “Arrangements Confirmed” section (page 3). * If your arrangements have already been confirmed, please attach the copy of the letter, fax or e-mail messages from your institution or advisor in Japan. (15) For applicants who want to extend the fellowship term: Those of you who are in the process of contacting the affiliation(s) and advisor(s) in Japan at the time of filing the application, must provide information such as the profile(s) and contact addresses (e-mail address and telephone no.) of desirable institutions and advisors relevant to your proposed individual research topic. If you are contacting more than one institution/advisor, please write them in order of preference.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THOSE EXTENDING THE FELLOWSHIP When applicants contact the institution(s) and advisor(s) in Japan, it is advised to explain to them the following issues relating to this fellowship‟s purpose (“constructing academic networks”) as well as the applicant‟s research topic and plan in Japan:  The advisor will be expected to meet the fellow at least twice during the fellows‟ stay in Japan.  The advisor will be expected to introduce the fellow to researchers and students who share common research interests with the fellow.  If possible, it is desirable that the advisor will have a small meeting or seminar in which the fellow can make a presentation or can exchange opinions about his/her research topic with experts or students in their field.  It is expected that the advisor will write comments on the final report, which the fellow has to write before departure from Japan.  The Japan Foundation will directly pay a supervisor fee (¥50,000) to the advisor.  The Japan Foundation will pay enrolment fees (up to ¥50,000) to the fellow‟s affiliated organization, in the case that the Japan Foundation sees it necessary. 6/8


LETTERS OF REFERENCE FORMS (Page 4) (1) Applicants should ask an individual who is willing and competent to judge your ability to carry out your research proposal. (2) Applicants should fill in the boxes outlined in bold lines, ask the reviewer to forward the Letter of Reference form to the Japan Foundation office/Japanese diplomatic mission to which the applicant should submit the application, or directly to the Japan Foundation Headquarters by the date set by the Embassy. The applicant should indicate the address of the Foundation office/Japanese diplomatic mission concerned in the box outlined in bold lines. Letters of Reference received after that date will not be considered. (3) The reviewer may use the space provided on the form, or attach a signed letter. Program Secretariat The JAPAN FOUNDATION Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department Europe, Middle East and Africa Division Attention: the Intellectual Exchange fellowship program coordinator Telephone: 81+3+5562-3521 FAX: 81+3+5562-3497


Disclosure of Information (1) Concerning projects we support, information such as the name of the fellowship program and project descriptions will be made public in the Kokusai Koryu Kikin Jigyo Jisseki (Detailed Annual Reports of the Japan Foundation Activities) and other public relations materials. (2) When we receive a request for information based on the “Law Concerning the Disclosure of Information Held by Independent Administrative Institution, etc.” (Law No.140 of December 5, 2001), as a general rule, submitted application forms and related materials will be disclosed, except for information stipulated by the law as something not to be disclosed. Protection of Personal Information (1) The Japan Foundation handles personal information appropriately in accordance with the Law Concerning Access to Personal Information Held by Independent Administrative Institutions (Law No. 59 of 2003). (2) The Japan Foundation uses fellows‟ personal information, such as name, address, project title, and organisation written on the application form, for the following purposes, as well as for screening, implementation, and evaluation procedures of the project. (3) Details of the fellowship, such as your name, gender, occupation, position, specialization, project title, and affiliation are published in the Detailed Annual Report of the Japan Foundation Activities, the Annual Report, The Japan Foundation News, the Japan Foundation‟s website, and other public-relations material. They are also used in compiling statistics carried in the Annual Report. (4) There may be cases in which details of the fellowship, such as your name, gender, occupation, position, specialization, project title, and affiliation are released to the press for publicity purposes. (5) There may also be cases in which the Japan Foundation uses the information written on the application form to contact you to inform you of other Japan Foundation activities or to send you some public-relations materials. (6) Copies of applications, including attached documents, final project reports and the outcomes of the research are provided to outside consultants in order to facilitate the screening process and the evaluation of the results of projects. (7) Concerning projects that we support, there may also be cases in which the Japan Foundation uses the information written on the application form to send questionnaires to follow-up on our projects. (8) There may be also cases in which the submitted final project reports and the outcomes of the research are released to the press for publicity purposes. (9) Submitted application forms and attached documents will not be returned to applicants. (10) Details of the fellowship, such as your name, nationality, address, gender, date of birth, project title, affiliation, position, term of fellowship are provided to the following institutions for necessary procedures; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Japanese Embassy. Insurance Company. Travel agency and airline office.


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