Matsumae International Fellowships, Researchers, Japan

The Matsumae International Foundation is inviting applications for  international fellowships. Approx 13 fellowships are awarded for pursuing  research from April 2014 to March 2015. 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 in Japan. Applications are evaluated on the on the basis of  academic value and the degree of perfection of the research  projects. August 31, 2013 is the application deadline.

Study Subject(s): Fields of study such as natural science,  engineering and medicine are given first priority. Course  Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing research  prrogram. Scholarship Provider: The Matsumae International  Foundation Scholarship can be taken at: Japan

Eligibility: 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 the Matsumae International Foundation as possessing  equivalent academic qualifications. 2. Applicants must be under 49 years old  at the time of application. 3. Applicants must have sufficient  conversational ability in English or Japanese to prevent insurmountable  difficulties 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 the  Foundation. 6. Applicants must be of sound health and not physically  handicapped in any way which would not prevent from carrying out research in  Japan.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Non-Japanese  citizens can apply for these fellowships.

Scholarship Description: The Matsumae International Foundation 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.

Number of award(s): The number of fellowships given is  about 13.

Duration of award(s): At the time of application, please  indicate the length of your stay (between 3 to 6 months) from April 2014 to  March 2015.

What does it cover? The following financial support is  provided to successful applicants. No support to his/her family or dependents is  available. Fellowships are provided for successful applicants only, and intended  for necessary living expenses and research activities in Japan. Under no  circumstances is any part of the fellowships transferable to any other persons  or other items. Stipend for research and stay: ¥200,000 yen is provided  monthly for the purpose of payment of tuition, expenses for research materials,  lodging, meals, transportation, etc. -Insurance: Overseas Travel  Accident/Sickness Insurance: (1) Personal accident insurance with death benefit  and medical treatment, and (2) Sickness insurance with death benefit and medical  treatment. Air transportation: An economy-class round-trip air ticket  between the international airport nearest to successful applicant’s home  residence and Tokyo via most direct routing is provided. The provided air ticket  cannot be converted to cash, nor can cash be provided by the Foundation for  purchase of an air ticket by any individual or organization other than the  Foundation. Lump sum on arrival: ¥100,000 yen is provided to assist with  local travel expenses on arrival, the initial cost of lodging, etc.

Selection Criteria: Applications are examined by the Screening  Committee of the Foundation on the basis of academic value and the degree of  perfection of the research projects.

Notification: The results will be sent directly to the applicants  after the deadline of application, by the end of December, 2013. The Foundation  will send a Grant Letter to successful applicants.

How to Apply: Applicants should obtain the current issue  of the Fellowship Announcement from the Foundation. To obtain the announcement,  write to MIF with name and address by postal mail, or by E-mail. Or, download  the announcement from the webpage of the Foundation and print out the  Application Form in PDF-format or MS Word file. The Foundation 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.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications must be  received by the Foundation by August 31, 2013, at the latest.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

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