International Research Grants of The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund , Japan, 2014
The Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund Accepts an Application for the 31st Foreign Students Research Grant in 2014
Due date of application is Friday, February 28, 2014.
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.
In its Mission Statement, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. asserts that it will contribute to the advancement of the global community by continuously fostering mutual trust and enriching diverse culture. Based on this precept and the above-mentioned perception of the current status of Japan, the research grant program was initiated to support young researchers from Asia-Pacific countries/regions who are studying in Japan. The grant is allocated from the Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund, which was established to commemorate the achievements of the late Setsutaro Kobayashi, who was the first president of Fuji Xerox.
Fuji Xerox hopes that the research grant program contributes to the promotion of mutual understanding of people and harmonious development of the nations or areas in the Asia-Pacific regions.
Grants shall be conferred for individual research (not group research) in the field of Humanities (Cultural Science) orSocial 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.
Applicants shall meet all of the following requirements on the date of both the application deadline and grant subsidization.
|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|
|Oceania||Australia, New Zealand, Island countries in Oceanian region|
The Kobayashi Fund will provide each grantee with a research grant to be used for expenses (transportation/accommodation for travel, purchase of reference books/archives, etc.) pertaining to the research activities in Japan and Asia-Pacific countries/regions.
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.)
The duration of the grant shall be for one year from the date of the grant.
Anyone who has received the grant before may apply again. Such applicants should describe the reason for the re-grant with the outline of the research previously granted. A re-grant is available for existing grantees or ex-grantees only once.
The fund shall print research report(s) submitted by the grantee in accordance with the above 3.4 (1), and present 30 copies to the grantee. The fund will also donate those reports to the universities and research institutes in Japan and overseas. Some copies shall be sent to the grantee alumni members on their request.
The total amount of the grant shall be fully paid to the grantee via bank transfer in the end of July 2014.
Selection shall focus on evaluation of the following three aspects:
b ) 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.
Friday, February 28, 2014.
An application arriving at the fund office after the due date is valid only if envelope (registered mail) was postmarked in Japan on February 28, 2014.
Application documents and all questions regarding this program shall be directed to the following fund office:
FUJIXEROX CO.,Ltd Setsutaro Kobayashi Memorial Fund
c/o Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
9-7-3, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0052