Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund Research Grants for Foreign Students in Japan, 2014

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Applications are invited for research grants in the field of Humanities (Cultural Science) or Social Sciences. Research relates to the themes that help in deepen the researcher’s understanding and awareness of Japanese or Asian/Oceanian society and culture and enhance international interchanges among them in the future. Awards are available for foreign students or researchers from an Asia-Pacific country (East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Oceania) who are currently staying in Japan. Maximum 1,200,000 yen per grantee will be available to approximately 32 grantees and the duration of the grant shall be for one year from the date of the grant. Application deadline is February 28, 2014.

Study Subject (s): Grants shall be conferred for individual research (not group research) in the field of Humanities (Cultural Science) or Social Sciences, with special emphasis on themes that help deepen the researcher’s understanding and awareness of Japanese or Asian/Oceanian society and culture and enhance international interchanges among them in the future.
Course Level: The grants are available for pursuing research programme.
Scholarship Provider: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility:
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Foreign students or researchers from an Asia-Pacific country/area listed below who are currently staying in Japan.
-Students or researchers who are presently enrolled in a doctorate program (not in a master program) of Japanese universities. Those who already received or will receive doctorate degrees before the issuance date of the grant are not allowed to apply.
-Students or researchers who are recommended by their supervising professors or mentors.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of East Asia,( Korea, China, Taiwan, Mongolia), Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos), South Asia ( India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives) and Oceania( Australia, New Zealand, Island countries in Oceanian region) can apply for the grants.

Scholarship Description: Development of international understanding and cooperation is all the more important to achieve a peaceful and harmonious global society, which is the long-term goal of humanity in the 21st century.
Although Japan has dramatically elevated her position in the world in the decades following World War II, it is also true that Japan has not yet fully lived up to the role expected of her. In particular, Japan does not seem to have the best relations with her Asia-Pacific neighbors in terms of politics, economics and culture despite their geographic proximity and long history of cultural interchanges with Japan. In this respect, further mutual understanding and reliance on continued efforts to foster friendship through interchanges among nations have great significance in today’s world.

Number of award(s): Approximately 32 grants will be offered.

Duration of award(s): The duration of the grant shall be for one year from the date of the grant.

What does it cover? The Grants will provide maximum 1,200,000 yen per grantee will be available to approximately 32 grantees. An amount from 240,000 to 960,000 yen per grantee was provided to 32 grantees for the 2013 program. (Depending upon the results of the Grantee Screening Committee’s assessment, the actual amount for some grantees could be less than the originally requested amount).

Selection criteria: Selection shall focus on evaluation of the following three aspects:
-Originality: While the research theme and method should be based on an applicant’s original concept or unique idea, such method should be attainable.
-Social value: The theme should have strong potential for promotion of mutual understanding among people and nations/regions in Japan and Asia-Pacific.
-The results of the research shall be reflected in the thesis submitted for a doctorate and shall have strong potential for obtaining the doctoral degree in the near future.

Notification: The Grantee Screening Committee shall screen the applicants and nominate candidates, and the Fund Operational Committee shall make a final decision on selection by May 31, 2014.
-Each applicant and supervising professor/mentor shall be notified of the results of the final decision by e-mail letter.
-Selected applicants should attend the research grant guidance meeting and reception party that will take place in early July 2014.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is by post. After entering your information,submit the following documents to the fund office by registered mail by the designated due date. All submitted documents should be written in Japanese or English.
-Application form and curriculum vitae (RESUME)
-Please use the forms designated by the fund office.
-Recommendation letter sealed before submission from the supervising professor or mentor Please use the designated form.
Outline of the research plan/schedule and budget plan.
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The outline shall not exceed two A4 size pages. Any outline exceeding this length shall not be accepted.
Certificate of enrollment issued by the university authority, indicating research faculty, special study, course, and grades.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is February 28, 2014.

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