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API Fellowships Program



Applications For Fellows Year 2013 -2014


(Application submission deadline: August 31, 2012)

What is the API Fellowships Program?

It is a fellowships program that provides a grant to successful applicants to carry out a project during the fellowship period of one month to one year in a country or countries participating in the API Fellowships Program (currently confined to Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand). 

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More about API Fellowships Program

> Mission Statement > Conditions of Your Project
> Goals of the API Fellowships Program > Eligibility for the API Fellowships
> Categories of Fellowships > Where to apply & DOWNLOAD
> API themes for 2012 - 2013 > Selection Criteria
> API Community > Selection Schedule
> Grant Benefits > Application materials
> FAQ  

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API Mission Statement

Public Intellectuals are those—academics, researchers, media professionals, artists, creative writers, NGO activists, social workers, public servants and others with moral authority—who are committed to working for the betterment of society by applying their professional knowledge, wisdom and experience.

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.

What are the goals of the API Fellowships Program?

The API Fellowships Program aims to:

  • Create and nurture a community of public intellectuals in Asia;

  • Promote mutual learning among Asian public intellectuals; and

  • Contribute to the growth of public spaces in which effective responses to regional needs can be generated.

  • In selecting Fellows, the API Fellowships Program will favor those whose projects address critical issues in the region, use creative and multidisciplinary approaches, and have some element of advocacy.


    What are API Senior Fellowships and API Fellowships? (Categories of Fellowships)

    The fellowships are offered under two categories: API Senior Fellowships and API Fellowships.

    The API Senior Fellowships are meant for those with an established track record as a public intellectual and who are at least 40 years of age, as of August 31, 2012. The fellowship period should be a minimum of one month to a maximum of twelve months in up to four of the countries participating in the API Fellowships Program (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand).

    The API Fellowships are for those under 40 years of age as of August 31, 2012. The fellowship period should be a minimum of four months to a maximum of twelve months in one or two of the countries participating in the API Fellowships Program (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand).

    For both categories, the fellowship period must be continuous and the minimum period of visit to a country where the proposed research project/or professional activities are conducted is one month and cannot include the native country or country of residence. 

    What can I do as a project?

    The project may take several forms: a research paper, a film, a series of journalistic articles, data gathering, building networks, a work of art, etc.; but it must fulfill the following three conditions:

  • It must NOT be part of your regular employment output;

  • It must contribute to the goals of the API Fellowships Program, and must fit in with the API themes (please click or refer to below);

  • It must have a tangible output (a research paper, a film, a photo essay, etc.).

  • The project must be carried out in one or more of the API Participating Countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand), but NOT in your native country or country of residence.

    While Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam have become members of the API Fellowships Program from 2010 and Fellowships have been awarded to applicants from these countries, these three countries are not as yet available as the country(ies) to conduct projects.

    You will need to identify one institution as the Host Institution in the country/ies where you propose to carry out your research project. The Host Institution will be your institution of affiliation for your fellowship period in the country.

    The fellowship can start anytime on or after July 1, 2013 and ends on or by July 31, 2014. You must complete your project within this period.

    Who can apply?

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

    You will need sufficient knowledge of the English language to conduct your project and to share the results with the wider audience afterwards.


    General eligibility for both the API Senior and API Fellowships

  • Applicants must hold the nationality or proper residence status of one of the five Participating Countries and reside in the country (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand) at the time of the application;

  • Applicants must attend the interview at the designated date and place;

  • Applicants must propose research projects and/or professional activities which start after July 1, 2013 and should be completed on or by the end of July 2014;

  • Applicants must have a basic knowledge of English. An ability to speak a language/s of the country/ies where the proposed research project and/or professional activities are conducted will be an asset; and

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

  • When selected, they must attend the orientation in February/March 2013. Absence from the orientation may cause the cancellation of the selection.


  • Eligibility for the API Senior Fellowships

    In addition to the general eligibility above, the applicants for the API Senior Fellowships must:

  • Be 40 years of age or more as of August 31, 2012 (exceptions may be made);

  • Have the ability and experience to conduct research projects and/or professional activities in the Participating Countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand) other than his/her native country or country of residence;

  • Undertake the proposed research projects and/or professional activities in up to four of the Participating Countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand), but in a country/ies other than in 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 to 12 months; and

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


  • Eligibility for the API Fellowships:

    In addition to the general eligibility above, the applicants for the API Fellowships must:

  • Be under the age of 40 as of August 31, 2012 (exceptions may be made);

  • Have the ability and desire to engage in research projects and/or professional activities in the Participating Countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand) other than his/her native or country of residence;

  • Have a strong potential to contribute to their field in the future;

  • Undertake the proposed research projects and/or professional activities for a continuous period of between four to 12 months; and

  • Undertake the proposed research projects and/or professional activities in up to two of the Participating Countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand), but in a country/ies other than the applicant's native country or country of residence.


  • What are the API themes for this year?

  • Changing Identities and Their Social, Historical, and Cultural Contexts
    e.g., the use of historical memory in building regional and national identities; the construction of cultural majorities and minorities; the role of the media and the arts; the dynamics of cultural encounter; the performance of gender, religion, and class roles.

  • Reflections on the Human Condition and the Search for Social Justice
    e.g., the distribution of political rights; economic and physical security; the management of social change; the marginalization of peripheral populations; human interaction with the environment.

  • Globalization: Structures, Processes, and Alternatives
    e.g., the impact of economic integration on states and societies; human and capital migration; the changing role of borders; the meaning of self-reliance; the global marketing of culture; civil society in the era of globalization.

  • What is the API Community?

    The API Community consists of

    (1) all recipients of the API Senior Fellowships or the API Fellowships, who have finished their fellowship activities and participated in the API Regional Workshop, and

    (2) everyone involved in the API Fellowships Program as selection members, Program Directors, and Coordinators.

    This growing community now numbers more than 300 individuals of varied backgrounds, but with a shared commitment. Members meet in local and cross-country functions, as well as through informal networks and collaborative projects at the national and the regional levels.

    What does the API Fellowships Program provide?

  • A stipend and housing allowance during the fellowship period. The amount varies by country and the length of the fellowship.

  • International transportation costs for one round trip.

  • Domestic transportation allowance.

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

  • Travel insurance during the fellowship period.

  • How are API Fellows chosen?

    In each Participating Country (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand), there is a selection committee comprised of established public intellectuals. This committee evaluates all the applications, invites a shortlist for interview, and sends its recommendations to an International Selection Committee which makes the final decision. The selection procedure is confidential.

    What is the schedule for the selection process?

  • The application period is from July 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012.
  • Interviews will take place in September/October 2012*.
    *There will be no make-up interview if the applicant is not able to attend the interview on the designated date. Therefore, those who cannot be present on the interview day will be automatically dropped from the selection process.

  • The results will be announced in February 2013.

  • Selected Fellows will be required:

  • To attend the orientation in February/March 2013.

  • To carry out the project between the time frame of July 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.

  • To attend the annual API Regional Workshop to be held in November 2014.

  • To present the results of the project through papers and other materials.

  • To disseminate the results of the project to a wider audience, whenever possible.

  • To submit a final Workshop Paper for publication after the API Regional Workshop

  • By fulfilling all commitments above, you will become a member of the API Community. You will be expected to participate in the various activities of the Community, and you will have opportunities to apply for post-fellowship programs.

    Where do I apply?

    Apply to the Partner Institution in your native country or country of residence as the following :

  • Applicants from Indonesia

  • Applicants from Japan.

  • Applicants from Malaysia

  • Applicants from the Philippines

  • Applicants from Thailand


  • ----> or download APPLICATION BROCHURE & FORM (English) in a word document.

    Application materials must consist of the following:

    1. Application Form and Datasheet
    (Please download the set of Application Form and Datasheet by clicking your native country or country of residence as listed in Where do I apply? and your information must be type-written)

    2. A Cover Letter
    Your Cover Letter with a brief introduction of yourself and details as to why you are applying for the API Fellowships Program.

    3. A Full Curriculum Vitae
    Your Curriculum Vitae type-written in English. It should maximum of three pages in length and should contain details on your education, professional career, publications, and achievements.

    4. A Project Proposal
    Your Project Proposal addressing the following questions (type-written in maximum of five pages in length):

    (1) Why are you applying for the API Fellowships Program?

    (2) Who are "public intellectuals" in your definition?

    (3) What is your project? Please answer in detail.

    (4) Why do you want to carry out this project?

    (5) Why are you the right person to do this project? (Mention relevant previous experience.)

    (6) How are you going to do it? (Methodology)

    (7) What will the outputs of your project be (Research paper, video, performance, etc.) and how will you disseminate them?

    (8) How will your project contribute to the goals of API?

    (9) What are your past achievements and future plans as a public intellectual (organization, advocacy, publications, etc.)? How will this Fellowship help you?

    5. Two Reference Letters
    Two reference letters with the original signatures of the referees. If these are not in English, you must provide an English translation. These letters should be addressed to the API Fellowships Program, and should have been written within three months before the deadline for submission.

    Please note!

    • You may NOT apply for an API Fellowship for a project in your native country and/or country of residence (if different from the native country). While Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam have become members of API, these three countries are not yet available for the conduct of projects.
    • You need to identify a Host Institution in the country/ies where you propose to carry out your research project.
    • Your application must be typewritten. Handwritten applications will not be processed.
    • The selection procedure is confidential.
    • There will be no make-up interview if the applicant is not able to attend the interview on the designated date. Those who cannot be present on the interview day will be automatically dropped from the selection process.
    • Any misrepresentations made willfully or otherwise, in the application or accompanying documents, may cause the revocation of a Fellowship grant at any time.
    • It is mandatory to attend the Orientation and Country Workshop on the designated date once you are selected as API Fellow.
    • Costs for the proper visas and/or research permits in the country/ies where the research project is to be carried out will have to be covered by the Fellow.


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. General Information

    Q1. Where should I submit the application materials?
    A1. Please submit them to the Partner Institution of your native country or country of residence.

    Q2. If I am awarded the fellowship, is it all right that I continue with my present job?
    A2. Successful applicants (or Fellows) may continue to have the present job title while they need to take a leave of absence during their fellowship periods as Fellows are required to concentrate on their projects.

    Q3. When can I expect the results of the selection?
    A3. Official notifications will be made in February 2013.

    2. Project Proposal

    Q4. How many words should the project proposal consist of?
    A4. The word count does not matter. However, your proposal has to be fewer than five pages in total.

    Q5. May I include the project in my native (home) country/country of residence?
    A5. You may have a comparison study using your native country or country of residence; however, kindly note that you are not allowed to include any time spent in your native country or country of residence in your fellowship period.

    3. Host Institution

    Q6. Can a Partner Institution of the API Fellowships Program act as my Host Institution?
    A6. Yes, if the Partner Institution agrees that your project will be maximized by your being affiliated with the institution. But there is no guarantee that the Partner Institution will be able to accept Fellows all the time, we strongly encourage each applicant to find the most appropriate Host Institution for his or her project.

    Q7. Can API provide me contact information of potential Host Institutions?
    A7. No. We expect that each applicant will try their own best to locate the potential Host Institutions on their own using their networks. Also you may refer to the API webpage from which you can get information on all our previous Fellows. We believe that some of them will meet your field of interests or requirements and may be able to introduce where they were affiliated during their fellowship periods.

    4. Reference Letters

    Q8. Do you need the original signature of the referees?
    A8. Yes. We cannot accept reference letters without the original signatures of the referees.

    Q9. Should referees be from the country of residence?
    A9. Not necessary. We accept letters from referees regardless of their nationalities.

    Q10. Does it have to be written in English?
    A10. The API Fellowships Program is a multinational program and all documents submitted must be type-written in English. If your referees cannot write an English letter, please attach the English translation to the original letter.

    5. Project Countries and Project Duration

    Q11. Is it possible to conduct research project in countries other than the five API Participating Countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines and Thailand)?
    A11. No.

    6. Eligibility

    Q12. I am not a national of any of the API Participating Countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). Am I eligible to apply?
    A12. Your nationality is not an issue. If you are based in one of those API Participating Countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) and shall be so in the future, you are eligible. Otherwise, unfortunately, you are not eligible.

    7. Senior/API Category

    Q13. What is the difference between Senior Fellowships and API Fellowships besides the age requirement?
    A13. Essentially, the categorization is based on the age of the applicants as of August 31, 2011. There are differences in the expected achievements, past records, and potential to the applicants according to the categories.

    8. Grant

    Q14. May I know the details of the grant I am supposed to receive if I am selected as a Fellow?
    A14. The amount of the grants will be calculated in the preset scale we prepared, depending on the following items: categories (Senior/API), countries to visit, duration of the fellowship period and so on. We will not be able to answer further details.

    Q15. Does the grant cover the project in my native country/country of residence?
    A15. No. Any time spent in your native country or country of residence cannot be included in your fellowship period and the project there will not be covered by the grant.


    API Regional Workshop


    The First API Workshop (2001-2002 API Fellows' Workshop)
    19-22 November 2002, Cebu, Philippines

    Theme: The Asian Face of Globalization: Reconstructing Identities, Institutions and Resources

    Workshop Director: Ricard G. Abad, Professor of Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, President of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by H.E.Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, Former President of Republic of the Philippines

    Workshop proceedings


    The Second API Workshop (2002-2003 API Fellows' Workshop)
    8-12 December 2003, Bali, Indonesia

    Theme: Economic Prospects, Cultual Encounters and Political Decisions: Scenes in a Moving Asia (East and Southeast)

    Workshop Director: Edi Sedyawati, Director of Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Indonesia

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, President of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Emil Salim, Former State Minister of Population and Environment of Indonesia

    Workshop proceedings


    The Third API Workshop (2003-2004 API Fellows' Workshop)
    30 November-4 December 2004, Fukuoka, Japan

    Theme: Power, Purpose, Process, and Practice in Asia

    Workshop Director: Caroline S. Hau, Associate Professor of Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Ayako Sono, Chiarperson of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Wataru Aso, Governor of Fukuoka Prefecture

    Workshop proceedings


    The Fourth API Workshop (2004-2005 API Fellows' Workshop)
    29 November-3 December 2005, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

    Theme: Reflections on the Human Condition: Change, Conflict and Modernity

    Workshop Director: Abdul Rahman Embong, Principal Research Fellow of Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, Chiarman of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by HRH Raja Nazrin Shah ibni Sulan Azlah Shah, Raja Muda of Perak cum Pro-Chancellor, Universiti Malaysia

    Workshop proceedings


    The Fifth API Workshop (2005-2006 API Fellows' Workshop)
    26-30 November 2006, Phuket, Thailand

    Theme: Are We Up to the Challenge?: Current Crises and the Asian Intellectual Community

    Workshop Director: Uthai Dulyakasem, Professor and Dean of Institute of Liberal Arts, Walailak University

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, Chiarman of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Surin Pitsuwan, Former Foreign Minister of Thailand

    Workshop proceedings


    The Sixth API Workshop (2006-2007 API Fellows' Workshop)
    25-29 November 2007, Davao, Philippines

    Theme: Asian Transformations in Action

    Workshop Director: Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu, Chair of Department of Sociology and Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, Loyola School; President of Philippine Sociological Society

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, Chiarman of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Edilbetro de Jesus, Director of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

    Workshop proceedings



    The Seventh API Workshop (2007-2008 API Fellows' Workshop)
    22-26 November 2008, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Theme: Asian Alternatives for a Sustainable World: Transborder Engagements in Khowledge Formation

    Workshop Director: Melani Budianta, Professor of Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Takeju Ogata, President of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of Yogyakarta Special Region

    Workshop proceedings



    The Eighth API Workshop (2008-2009 API Fellows' Workshop)
    23-27 November 2009, Osaka, Japan

    Theme: Confluences and Challenges in Building the Asian Community in the Early 21st Century

    Workshop Director: Patricio N. Abinales, Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Yoneo Ishii, the Former Director-General, Japan Center for Asian Historical Records


    Workshop proceedings




    The Ninth API Workshop (2009-2010 API Fellows' Workshop)
    20-24 November 2010, Penang, Malaysia

    Theme:Understanding Confluences and Contestations, Continuities and Changes: Towards Transforming Society and Empowering People

    Workshop Director: Francis Loh , Professor, School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang

    Speeches:
    - Welcome Speech by Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of The Nippon Foundation
    - Keynote Speech by Dato'Dr. Sharom Ahmat , Chairman of Socio-Economic & Environmental Research Institute (SERI)


    Workshop proceedings : Roundtable Discussion


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