Call for Applications

The Abe Fellows Network of the Social Science Research Council and the Japan Foundation New York announces the SSRC-JFNY Japan Global Workshop. The workshop supports research explicitly focused on policy-relevant and contemporary issues with a comparative or transnational perspective that can benefit from inquiry into Japan. Researchers and journalists based in North America within ten years of the start of their career are eligible to apply.

2024 Workshop Theme: Alternative Economies for a Sustainable Future

Alternative economies, prioritizing the environment, equity, well-being, health, healthcare, and access, are being tested across the globe as a means of ameliorating climate change and establishing more cooperative, resilient, self-sufficient, and sustainable communities and systems. This workshop, which will focus on deeply contextualized cross-cultural research, seeks applicants who are inquiring into alternative economies and the sustainable future these economies support.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore their own research in dialogue with that of their peer participants as well as to discuss theoretical and/or methodological approaches to the study of alternative economics. Although applicant projects do not need to be focused on Japan, applicants should be interested in exploring their research topic in conversation with Japan as a comparative or alternate lens/platform.

The workshop will be held in January 2024 on the campus of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California beginning the evening of Tuesday, January 9 and concluding the morning of Friday, January 12. Workshop participants will collaborate with facilitators and each other in exploring the theme of Alternative Economies and Sustainable Futures through discussions of  participant projects and in connection to the theme’s relation to Japan. In addition, participants will take up related theory and methodological issues as well as discuss project dissemination including best practices in social media and other approaches to engaging with public/policy audiences. 

Eligible applicants will be:
•    based in North America,
•    within ten years of their last degree,
•    and conducting active research (in academia or another sector) or reporting (on staff or freelance) in their career. 

Applications must be submitted online and include the following sections:
•    Application form
•    Short statement of interest in the workshop
•    Five-page project proposal or synopsis and a one-page bibliography
•    CV

The SSRC will cover the cost of airfare, three nights accommodation, and all meals during the workshop. Meals in transit and airport transportation will be reimbursed based on receipts.

Any questions regarding the workshop should be directed to

Workshop Facilitators

Aya Kimura, University of Hawaii
Albert Park, Claremont McKenna College
Masaru Yarime, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology