MINERVA EU-Japan Fellowship Programme in Japan, 2014

“MINERVA” EU-Japan Fellowship Programme
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The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is offering EU-Japan fellowship programme for EU and Japanese professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants). This is a 6 months in-house fellowship scheme worth 1700 EUR/month in Japan which is designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues. The Research fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (20-30 pages) to be owned by the Centre. The deadline for April – September 2014 slot is 15th January 2014.

Study Subject(s): The Research Fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (20-30 pages) to be owned by the Centre. Priority topics are:
a. Current situation and perspectives on EU-Japan trade and industrial relations:
-Japan market access issues (in the context of the FTA/EPA negotiations)
-Japanese public procurement issues
-Energy policy, clean energy aspects and business opportunities
-Access to critical raw materials, including rare earths
b. Post-Fukushima business and industrial cooperation opportunities in Japan (disaster management services, clean energy, construction, etc..)
c. EU SMEs internationalisation to Japan: Obstacles and opportunities for EU SMEs in Japan (including case studies/sectors) Mapping of EU SMEs active in Japan
d. Sectoral aspects: Japanese Biotech cluster and industry landscape
NOTE: Exceptionally, other well motivated and well defined topic proposals may be considered.
Course Level: The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 months in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.
Scholarship Provider: The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility: -This fellowship is addressed to EU and Japanese professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants) with a proven interest in Japan and EU-Japan cooperation from multiple perspectives (trade/market access, industrial policy issues, R&D, etc…).
-Minimum requirements: EU or Japanese citizenship, university degree, strong interest and motivation in Japan and EU-Japan relations.

Scholarship Open for International Students: EU (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK) and Japanese professionals can apply for this fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 months in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.  The Research Fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (20-30 pages) to be owned by the Centre.  Apart from research on a pre-determined topic, the Research Fellow would be expected to support the daily analytical activities of the Centre which includes media monitoring, policy briefings, seminar reports, etc.

Duration of award(s): Fellowship is offered for six months.

What does it cover? The fellowship is worth 1700 EUR/month (payable in JPY) and covers a period of 6 months: October 2013 – March 2014 / April 2014 – September 2014. The fellowship is expected to cover basic daily expenses and accommodation in Tokyo. A Research Fellow selected from outside Japan, will receive an additional travel subsidy of up to 1000 EUR. The Research Fellow shall take out a personal insurance policy for the whole duration of the Fellowship to cover:
-Travel,
-Personal health,
-Accident insurance,
-Third-party liability (private life): insurance against the loss of, or damage to, his/her personal property, and insurance against any injury, loss or damage suffered by a third person for which the Participant is personally liable.
This policy shall be taken out prior to the beginning of the fellowship. (The Centre undertakes to provide assistance in this matter, if the Participant is an EU national not residing in Japan). The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will provide assistance in obtaining the visa for Japan as well as various logistical help (finding accommodation etc).

Selection Criteria: The following elements will constitute an advantage in the selection process: previous professional experience with Japan, an already advanced study/research on one of the priority topics, Japanese language abilities. The short-listing will be done by the two general managers of the Centre on the basis of the CVs, covering letters and work/research plans submitted.

How to Apply: The candidates should specify the slot for which they are applying. Application documents to be submitted: CV, Covering Letter, Research Topic-Research Plan (1-2 A4 pages). The application materials and eventual requests for clarification should be sent electronically to the following address: Minerva-at-eu-japan.gr.jp

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadlines for applications are: October 2013 – March 2014 slot: 15 July 2013 and April – September 2014 slot: 15 January 2014.

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