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Nippon Foundation Fellowship for Asian Public Intellectuals


The Nippon Foundation of Tokyo, Japan, is a private, non-profit grant-making organization. It was established in 1962 by Ryoichi Sasakawa, the late statesman and businessman. The foundation’s mission is to direct Japanese motorboat racing revenue into philanthropic activities, and it uses these monies to pursue global maritime development and assistance for humanitarian work, both at home and abroad. In the humanitarian field, it focuses on such fields as social welfare, public health, and education.


About the Fellowship


The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals (API Fellowships Program) is designed to stimulate the creation of a pool of such intellectuals in the region. They aim to promote mutual learning among Asian public intellectuals and to contribute to the growth of public spaces in which effective responses to regional needs can be generated. The goals of the fellowship are: The project may take several forms: research paper; film; series of journalistic articles; data gathering; building networks; work of art, etc., but must fulfil three conditions: it must NOT be part of your regular employment; it must contribute to the goals of the API Fellowships Program, and fit with the API themes; and it must have tangible output (research paper, film, photo essay, etc.). The API Fellowships Program offers two (2) categories of Fellowships: API Senior Fellowships and API Fellowships. The categorization is based essentially on the age of the applicant.




Anyone involved in the production and exchange of knowledge or ideas in line with the goals of API Fellowships Program. This includes academics, researchers, media professionals, artists, writers, NGO workers, social workers, public servants and others who work for the betterment of society.


Applicants must hold the nationality or proper resident status in one of the five (5) Participating Countries and reside in the country at the time of application;


Applicants must have a basic knowledge of English or a language(s) spoken in the country (ies) where the proposed research and/or activities are conducted; and


Applicants must be based in the region/country and will continue to be so in the future.


Applicants must be 40 years of age or more as of the application deadline (exceptions may be made);


Have the ability and experience to conduct research projects and/or professional activities in the Participating Countries other than the applicant’s native country or country of residence;


Undertake the proposed research projects and/or professional activities in up to four (4) of the Participating Countries, but in a country (ies) other than the applicant’s native country or country of residence;


Undertake the proposed research projects and/or professional activities for a continuous period of between one (1) and twelve (12) months (Note: The fellowship period must be continuous.); and 89


Have the ability, influence, and means to disseminate the results of their research projects and/or professional activities.


Monetary Support


A stipend and housing allowance for the time spent overseas on the project, the amount varies by country;


International transportation costs, for one round trip only;


Domestic transportation allowance;


Research allowance to cover computer costs, field expenses, books, translation fees, etc.; and


Travel insurance during the fellowship period.


Duration: 4 – 12 months


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