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Friday, 28 July 2017
The Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship Program 2018
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Open to: applicants of non-Japanese nationality
Benefits: fully funded research and stay
“Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting
World Peace,” MIF has started the Research Fellowship Program in 1980.
The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) is a nongovernmental
organization. Its Fund is solely based on donations from many Japanese
people who have responded with goodwill to Dr. Shigeyoshi Matsumae’s call.
While many donations have been kindly offered by enterprises and groups, most
of the donors are individuals who are sympathetic with the Founder’s
ideals, and maintain contributions to the Fund from their limited incomes.
Successful applicants are urged to seriously consider
and understand the goodwill of those persons, and ensure that the provided
fellowships are utilized effectively.
Applicants of non-Japanese nationality who meet
all of the following eligibility requirements are invited to submit
the required application documents.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (Doctorate) degree, or be
recognized by MIF as possessing equivalent academic qualifications;
Applicants must be 49 years old or under;
Applicants must have sufficient conversational ability
in English or Japanese to prevent insurmountable difficulties during their
research activities in Japan;
Applicants should not have been in Japan in the
past and/or in the present;
Applicants should have firm positions and professions
in their home countries, and should return to their countries on
completion of their fellowship stay by MIF;
Applicants must be of sound health and not physically
handicapped in any way which would not prevent from carrying out research
Fields of study such as natural science, engineering
and medicine are given first priority.
There are 20 fellowships each year for a period of from
three to six months;
Stipend includes research and stay, insurance, air
transportation (a round-trip air ticket to/from Tokyo) and a lump sum on
Applicants indicate the period of Fellowship with the
length of stay needed for the Research Project (Application Document #2)
between 3 months to 6 months;
The commencing month and ending month between April
2018 to March 2019;
Applicants are free to select host institutions (university
research laboratories, national research institutions or the corresponding
facilities of private industry) in which to carry out their research;
However, applicants are cautioned that they are obliged to
obtain acceptance from such host institutions prior to submitting their
applications. MIF cannot give counsel or advice to an applicant concerning
his/her host institution in Japan.
How to apply?
Applicants should obtain the current issue of the Fellowship Announcement from MIF, or, download the
announcement from the webpage of MIF. Then, print out the Application Form in
PDF-format or MS Word file.
Application must be submitted from the applicant’s home
country. Under no circumstances will an application be accepted from a
person already in Japan.
MIF never receives applications by Fax or E-Mail. Applications
must be received by MIF by August 31, 2017, at the latest.