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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

SSRC Announces 2007-2008 Abe Fellows

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the selection of 14 fellows for the 2007–2008 Abe Fellowship Program, which supports international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. Chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants in the United States and Japan, the 2007–2008 fellows represent disciplines ranging from economics to security studies. Go to 2007–2008 Fellows’ list.

"Since 1991, the Abe Fellowship has enabled 248 researchers to probe contemporary issues from nuclear proliferation and global warming to declining fertility rates," said Frank Baldwin, program director at the SSRC. "This accomplished new cohort continues a valuable collaborative venture between Japan and the United States. They are exploring many fascinating and timely topics, including immigration politics, gender relations, and food safety, to name a few."

The Abe Fellowship covers the costs of the fellows’ research projects for a period of 3–12 months over a 1–2 year period. Fellows from the United States spend at least a third of their tenure in Japan and vice versa. Fellows’ research often takes them to other countries as well, such as India, Malaysia, and Korea. In addition, fellows are encouraged to collaborate with one another and to build a transnational network of academics studying policy-relevant topics of long-range importance. Go to past and present Abe Fellows lists.

The Abe Fellowship is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and administered by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in collaboration with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The program is one of the central components of CGP and is named after the late Shintaro Abe, former Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The deadline to apply for the 2008–2009 Abe Fellowship is September 1, 2008. The application will be available and can be submitted online in May, by visiting the SSRC’s Abe Fellowship Program page. For more information, please contact program staff at