Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
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The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan - United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to promote Japan studies in the United States, to encourage U.S. - Japanese scholarly exchange, and to support the next generation of Japan scholars in the United States. 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, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, e-books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
Special Encouragement for Junior Scholars
In keeping with the JUSFC’s commitment to foster the next generation of leaders in developing and maintaining the Japan-U.S. relationship, NEH encourages applications to this program from junior scholars (that is, scholars who have earned their terminal degree within the last seven years).
What's New for 2021
Some changes have been made to the application format, including:
- a new required attachment presenting the proposed plan of work (the plan of work is no longer included as part of the narrative statement)
- a new required attachment listing the locations where you plan to conduct work during the grant period
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity for complete instructions regarding the application format.
Online Information Session
A free online information session will be held on March 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The session will explain the program's goals, the eligibility requirements, and how to prepare and submit an application. There will be time for questions. To join the session, please click here.
A recording of the session will be posted on this page approximately one week later, and will remain available through the application deadline, April 28, 2021.
Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Sample Application Narratives
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