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Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2011


The Application Deadline for 2011 is Over!

Thank you for your interest, but the deadline for 2011 has passed.
Please check the upcoming fellowship page for more new information.



Program Schedule:

  June 27: Fellows leave USA
June 28: Fellows arrive at Kansai Airport (KIX)
June 29: Program starts in Kyoto
June 30: Visit a school in Kyoto
July 1: Visit companies/factories in Kyoto
July 2-3: Homestay in Kyoto
July 4-5: Visit schools/companies in Hiroshima
July 6-7: Lectures and/or Visit companies in Tokyo
July 8: Seminar and Reception in Tokyo
July 9: Fellows depart from Narita airport
  Application Due:   February 11, 2011
  Program Locations:   Japan (Kyoto, Hiroshima, Tokyo)
  Program Type:   Education Exchange, Public Affairs
  Contact:   Email:
Phone: 412-433-5021, Kelly Chaney

Keizai Koho Fellowship Program
Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania
600 Grant St, Suite 444
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

2011 Lesson Plans
Please visit the Keizai Koho Center website to get Lesson Plans.

Update from Tokyo:
  Keizai Koho Center appreciates the interest and support of our American friends in this very difficult period for Japan. We have had a record number of applications for our Fellowships and selection of the ten participants has been very difficult. Our selection process has been completed and we are in the process of notifying the Fellows. We want you to know that we are planning to hold the KKC Fellowship Program as scheduled in 2011. Due to the need to conserve electricity in the Tokyo area following the recent earthquake, the opening part of the program will be conducted in the western part of Japan, with the final days in Tokyo. We look forward to welcoming the KKC Fellowship participants to Japan in June.  
  Applicants must have skills and experience in developing curriculum.
This Fellowship is open to:
  • Applicants who have never lived in Japan and have not visited Japan on a similar study tour.
  • Middle and High school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies and History (grades 6-12).
  • Supervisors, specialists, and school administrators at the district and state levels; and
  • Faculty associated with 4 year colleges who are directly concerned with the training of K-12 teachers.
  The demands of the itinerary are such that only individuals physically able to travel without special assistance should consider this Fellowship. Special diets cannot be provided and a smoke-free environment cannot be assured. Due to the nature of the program and logistical requirements, there will be no provisions for spouses to accompany Fellows.  
  How to Apply:  
  Complete applications must include the following information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. After gathering all below documents electronically (letters of recommendation and employment may be mailed). All required documents must be received no later than February 11, 2011.  
  Required Documents (Electronic copies required):  
1. Resume - Please list your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.
2. Project Proposal - Applicants must submit a 1-2 page narrative for the development of specific curriculum materials and/or educational activities related to the Japanese Economy, Industry, Business, Society or Education. Please provide a timeline of project-related activities to be scheduled from Sept. 2011 - June 2012. You are encouraged to disseminate information to audiences beyond individual schools such as district-wide teacher resource centers, and community or professional organizations. Local Japan-America Societies may be of assistance for community wide dissemination efforts. Proposal quality is a key element in the selection process.
3. Letter from Employer - Which supports the above mentioned Project, and attests to your full time professional status for the 2010-2011 school year, or indicate that a sabbatical leave has been granted. Letter may be mailed separately to JASP. (If you choose the mailing option, please submit the follwing informaton electronically; Name, Title, Organization, Address, Telephone and E-mail of your employer.)
4. Letters of Recommendation - Applicants are required to include two letters of support for the proposed individual project from administrators and/or key individuals. Letters may be mailed separately to the JASP. (If you choose the mailing option, please submit the follwing informaton electronically; Name, Title, Organization, Address, Telephone and E-mail of the individuals. And please make sure both letters will be received by February 11, 2011.)
  After gathering all above documents electronically, please go to 2011 Online Application (Closed) and apply for the fellowship.  
  A special committee will select and notify each Fellow in writing by March 31, 2011. Submitted applications become the property of the Keizai Koho Center Fellowship Program and cannot be returned.  

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  Fellowship Overview  

The Keizai Koho Center (Japan Institute for Social and Economic Affairs) in cooperation with the National Association of Japan-America Societies sponsored a ten days fellowship to Japan every summer for 10 educators in the U.S. and Canada, to learn first hand about contemporary Japanese society and enhance their classroom teaching of global perspectives.

  Fellowship Agenda  
  The ten days itinerary in Japan includes time in the greater Tokyo area and possibly in Kyoto and/or Nagoya; meetings with government officials, educators, and business people; visits to elementary and secondary schools; discussions with educational authorities, teachers, and students; tours of major industrial and corporate facilities; meetings with key business leaders; and a home stay with a Japanese family.  
  The fellowship covers air transportation from the fellow's home city to Japan and return, as well as, accommodations, transportation as called for by the itinerary, and some meals. Fellows have the opportunity to enjoy Japan's scenic beauty and cultural treasures while pursuing an understanding of the successes and concerns of contemporary Japanese society. Roundtable discussions between Japanese teachers and the participants, as well as, business leaders regarding educational issues will be a key feature of the fellowship. Educators will complete a project of curriculum materials or educational activities related to the theme of the fellowship to share with other educators. The Lesson Plans will be published on the Internet with contributions from each fellow.  
  Frequently Asked Questions  
  Q: Is there any free time for my own research in Japan?
  A: No. Basically the program runs from morning to evening almost everyday.  
  Q: Will meals be supplied?
  A: Keizai Koho Center (KKC) covers breakfast, lunch and dinner during the program. When KKC does not arrange lunch and/or dinner, you receive meal allowances; JPY2,000 per dinner and JPY 1,000 per lunch. The allowance should be enough unless fellows go to a fancy restaurant.  
  Q: Any out-of-pocket expenses?  
  A: An overnight homestay is a part of the program. You are kindly requested to bring a small gift(s) for the host family. Of course, shopping and any side trips (if and when you have time) are out-of-pocket.  
  Q: May I bring my spouse or partner?  
  A: No.  
  Q: How many letters of recommendation should I submit?
  A: Two letters of recommendation are required.  
  Q: Can I have a student or a parent write a letter of recommendation?
  A: This is fine however, since it is an academic fellowship, it may be better to have someone that you have worked with or for in the education field.  
  Q: Is there a word/page limit for the project proposal narrative?
  A: There is no set limit but on average, the proposals we have received have been between 1-2 pages.  
  Q: Is there a file size limit when I submit my application?
  A: The total size should not exceed 3MB.  
  Q: What is the best method to send the letter of recommendation?
  A: Our preferred method is uploading a scanned letters to the online application, but mailing a hardcopy to JASP is OK, too.  
  To learn more about the fellowship, please visit the Keizai Koho Center website.


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