Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace Research Fellowship Program 2018

Publish Date: Mar 14, 2017

Deadline: Aug 31, 2017

Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace

I see the condition of the world today as consisting of con ict between the di erent national egoisms. The Club of Rome has identi ed three crises that endanger the future of mankind: lack of energy, lack of food supplies, and burgeoning world population. Unless mankind learns to overcome these crises, there will be no lasting peace. The truth of the statement is undeniable, but in the con ict of national egoisms that surround us today, the road to peace is still a long one. Therefore we are called upon to do more than stand aside from the current of history.

In order for Japan to co-exist peacefully with the other nations of the world, and to facilitate the tasks that await our young people in the 21st century, we are now trying to prepare a forum for Japan's international activities. In this way, I believe we will be able to open up a path to the future that will preserve our nation and mankind.

Following the tragic experience of the Second World War, Japan rmly resolved to reject all attempts to enhance national prestige by force of arms and instead to follow a policy of peaceful reconstruction as an industrial nation. More than thirty years have passed since then, and it is now a fact that considerable friction has arisen between Japan and several foreign countries, especially in the fields of trade and economics.

We Japanese are now making earnest e orts to face up to this problem and are studying how to open a path to peace and prosperity on the basis of mutual understanding. My search for enduring peace and friendship among all nations of the world, and for an effective reminder of the path to which-we, as a peaceful nation, are committed, led to the decision to create this Foundation.

As will be clear from the statement of the purpose of the Foundation, I hope to invite active young research workers of outstanding character, without regard to sex, race, religion, ideology or nationality, to Japan. By deepening their understanding of Japan, and establishing links of trust and friendship, I seek to make a real contribution to permanent peace throughout the world. I shall therefore welcome from the bottom of my heart applications from promising young men and women who sympathize with our aims and wish to undertake research in Japan.

At this point let me acknowledge the deep impression made upon me at the time of the establishment of this Foundation by the inspiring ideals and practice of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which operates under the sponsorship of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the far-reaching in uence it has exerted. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude and at the same time to say that I intend to make every e ort to accomplish the purpose and mission of the Foundation.


Applicants of non-Japanese nationality who meet all of the following eligibility requirements are invited to submit the required application documents.

  1. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (Doctorate) degree, or be recognized by MIF as possessing equivalent academic

    quali cations.

  2. Applicants must be 49 years old or under.

  3. Applicants must have sufficient conversational ability in English or Japanese to prevent insurmountable

    di culties during their research activities in Japan.

  4. Applicants should not have been in Japan in the past and/or in the present.

  5. 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.

  6. Applicants must be of sound health and not physically handicapped in any way which would not prevent from

    carrying out research in Japan.


Fields of study such as natural science, engineering and medicine are given rst priority.


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, and the commencing month and ending month between April 2018 to March 2019. (e.g. 5 months from June 2018 to October 2018)

MIF plans to invite about 20 persons.


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.


Applicants should obtain the current issue of the Fellowship Announcement from MIF. Or, download the announcement from the webpage of MIF and print out the Application Form in PDF-format or MS Word le.

MIF cannot entertain requests for waivers of the eligibility requirements and other conditions, listed in the Fellowship Announcement, and will not respond to such requests.

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.


All of the following documents (#1~#8) - A4 in size - should be submitted on one occasion by the applicant to MIF by postal mail.

All documents must be type-written in English. Documents written in any language other than English are not accepted.

Submitted applications which do not contain all of the required documents will be automatically rejected.

MIF will not be responsible for costs incurred in submitting an application, and reserves the right to request additional documents if necessary. All documents received become the property of MIF, and will not be returned.

MIF will not respond to individual inquiry concerning the status/arrival of application documents.

#1. Application Form (Applicants should use the original Form provided by MIF, or an exact photocopy. A self- made Form is not accepted.)
The form is made of two pages. Applicant should attach photograph taken within three months. Applicants should ensure that every item in the application form, without exception, is properly filled in the spaces provided. (Please complete all questions.) Applicants should sign and date in the form.

#2. The Research Project

Applicant should describe this document by oneself.
This should include detailed information on the purpose, methodology, content of the research, and the schedule of the project. The research project must be discussed in detail with the host scientist, and the planned content must be consistent with the research facilities at the host institution.

#3. Complete List of Publications

This should include full details of the publication: when and where published, co-authors' names (where applicable), size and number of pages, etc. Please indicate in red the title of publication on the list which is submitted as requested in item "#4".

#4. A reprint of what the applicant considers to be his/her the most important publication

If the reprint in English is unavailable, please attach a brief abstract (summary) in English written by the applicant.

#5. Personal History (Curriculum Vitae)

#6. A letter of recommendation from the applicant's employer testifying to academic ability and achievements, and con rming the availability of study leave covering the grant period.

#7. Certi ed copies of the applicant's academic certi cates (degrees of Ph.D., Master, Bachelor) issued by the university concerned. (These documents should be in English. If the certi cate(s) is unavailable in English, please attach the translation in English.)

#8. An invitation letter with signature by the scientist of host institution con rming;

the period of stay, the research project, the availability of research facilities/materials, and the arrangement of lodging accommodation, under MIF Fellowship Program.
(The format is free. E-mail is not accepted.)


  1. Applications are examined by the Screening Committee of MIF on the basis of academic value and the degree of perfection of the research projects.

  2. The results will be sent directly to the applicants after the deadline of application, by the end of December, 2017.

  3. MIF will send a Grant Letter to successful applicants.

  4. MIF does not issue announcements concerning the screening progress, nor will MIF respond to inquiries

    concerning the status of such applications.

  5. When the decisions of the Screening Committee are announced, MIF will neither announce the reasons for the

    decision nor respond to individual inquiry concerning results.

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