Friday, July 03, 2020

MINERVA Fellowship Programme in Japan, 2020-2021

Opportunity in Japan
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LEVEL: Research
FUNDING: Fully Funded
OPEN TO: Specific countries
PLACE: Japan
STATUS: Closed

Application for the MINERVA Fellowship Programme is now open. The programme proposes a 6-month in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.

The Research Fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (70-100 pages), to be owned by the Centre.

Apart from research on a pre-determined topic, the Research Fellow will be expected to support the daily analytical activities of the Centre, including media monitoring, policy briefings, seminar reports, etc.

Programme Details

  • Host Institution: The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.
  • Priority topics: Analysis of the role of Japanese industrial associations in influencing standards, regulations and business practices, Analysis of digital transformation among Japanese SMEs and lessons learned for the European Industry, Analysis of the EU corporate demand and technology offer for technology transfer opportunities from Japanese SMEs, academia and research organizations, Analysis and profiling of certification-related specialized consultants and notified bodies based in Japan.
  • Number of awards: Not specified.
  • Duration: 6 months.
  • Target group: Open to citizens of EU Member-States, COSME Third Countries and Japan.

MINERVA Fellowship Programme Benefits

The MINERVA Fellowship Programme provides selected candidates with the following benefits.

  • The fellowship is worth 2500 EUR/month (paid in JPY) and covers a period of 6 months. The fellowship is expected to cover basic daily expenses and accommodation in Tokyo.
  • A Research Fellow selected from outside Japan, will receive an additional travel subsidy of up to 1000 EUR.
  • Insurance: the Research Fellow shall take out a personal insurance policy for the whole duration of the Fellowship to cover:
    • Travel,
    • Personal health,
    • Accident insurance,
    • Third-party liability (private life): insurance against the loss of, or damage to, his/her personal property, and insurance against any injury, loss or damage suffered by a third person for which the Participant is personally liable.
  • The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will provide assistance in obtaining the visa for Japan.

MINERVA Fellowship Programme Eligibility

To apply for the Fellowship, applicants must meet following criteria:

Candidates must be citizens of an EU Member-State or a COSME Third Country or Japan. They must be professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants) with a proven interest in EU-Japan cooperation from multiple perspectives (trade/market access, industrial policy issues, R&D, etc.).

Minimum requirements: EU / COSME or Japanese citizenship, university degree, strong interest and motivation in Japan and EU-Japan relations.

The following elements will constitute an advantage in the selection process: previous professional experience with Japan, an already advanced study/research on one of the priority topics, Japanese language abilities.

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Application instructions

Interested applicants must click on the apply button below and follow instructions to submit their applications

Required Documents

  1. CV,
  2. Covering Letter,
  3. Research Topic-Research Plan (1-2 A4 pages).

Documents should be submitted in English. Contents of each MINERVA application should flow coherently and contain substance, in order to allow the selection board to see clear and easy-to-understand connections between the candidate’s background, the letter of motivation and his/her research plan.

Candidates should specify the slot for which they are applying. The deadline to apply for the 2nd slot 2020 (October 2020 to March 2021) is . For more detail on the MINERVA Fellowship Programme, please visit the official page.


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