The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology.
The fellowships are designed for researchers with advanced language skills whose research will require use of data, sources, and documents in their original languages or whose research requires interviews onsite in direct one-on-one contact. Fellows may undertake their projects in Japan, the United States, or both, and may include work in other countries for comparative purposes. Projects may be at any state of development. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. As tax-supported federal agencies, JUSFC and NEH endeavor to make grant products available to the broadest possible audience. Our goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of grant products.
The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not.
All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.
Currently enrolled students
While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals
currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply.
Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are
awaiting its conferral are eligible for Fellowships for Advanced Social Science
Research on Japan; but such applicants need a letter from the dean of the
conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status
as of May 3, 2011.
Graduate students seeking support for a degree in the humanities should consider the Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program.
Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. Dissertation revisions should include a discussion of the ways in which the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.
Concurrent grants from other organizations
Recipients of Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan may simultaneously hold fellowships or grants from institutions other than NEH—including sabbaticals and grants from their own institutions—in support of the same project during their award period.
Applicants for Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan may compete concurrently in the following programs for individuals in a given year:
Successful applicants who plan research at the LOC may be offered a jointly funded NEH-LOC Kluge Center Fellowship.
Fellowships cover uninterrupted periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month award period. Applicants should request award periods that suit their schedules and the needs of their projects. Requesting an award period shorter than twelve months will not improve an applicant’s chances of receiving an award.
The award period must be full-time and continuous. Teaching and administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken during the fellowship period.
NEH and JUSFC will not approve part-time fellowships under any circumstance.
Fellows are responsible for the conversion of funds to foreign currencies where necessary.
All awards are made by the National Endowment for the Humanities on behalf of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. As such, all awards are governed by NEH grant policies and conditions.
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