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SSRC Inviting Applications for Abe Fellowship Program

Anyone doing research on dialogue between the US and Japan? The Social Science Research Council (www.ssrc.org) has just announced this year’s Abe Fellowship, which is designed to encourage international multi- disciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern to the US and Japan. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance to the US and Japan and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. Funding for the program is provided by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (www.cgp.org).

Rather than seeking to promote greater understanding of a single country, the Abe Fellowship Program encourages research on the experiences and future challenges of the U.S. and Japan in a comparative or global perspective. The Abe Fellowship Program Committee seeks applications for research focusing explicitly on policy-relevant and contemporary issues that have a comparative or transnational perspective and that draw the study of the U.S. and Japan into wider disciplinary or theoretical debates. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences or the humanities relevant to any one or combination of the following three themes: 1) global issues; 2) problems common to industrial and industrializing societies; and 3) issues that pertain to United States-Japan relations.Terms of the fellowship are flexible and are designed to meet the needs of Japanese and American researchers at different stages in their careers. The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve months of full-time support over a twenty-month period. Candidates should propose to spend at least one third of the fellowship tenure in residence abroad in Japan or the United States. Proposals may also include periods of research in other countries.

The competition is open to citizens of the U.S. and Japan as well as to nationals of other countries who can demonstrate strong and serious long-term affiliations with research communities in Japan or the U.S. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field, or have attained an equivalent level of professional experience. Applications from researchers in professions other than academia are encouraged. For further information, visit the SSRC Web site. The Deadline for applications is: September 1, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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