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Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship 2015


The Application Deadline for 2015 is Over!

Thank you for your interest, but the deadline for 2015 has passed.
Please check the upcoming fellowship page for more new information.



Program Schedule:

  June 28 - July 10, 2015
 -June 28: Fellows depart from US
 -June 29: Fellows arrive in Tokyo
 -June 30: Start of the program
 -July 9: End of the program
 -July 10: Fellows depart from Tokyo & back to US
  Application Due:   February 15, 2015
  Program Locations:   Japan
  Program Type:   Education Exchange, Public Affairs
  Contact:   Email:
Phone: 412-433-5010, Katsuko Shellhammer

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

  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:  
  The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) serves as the North American representative of the Keizai Koho Center Fellowship. Applications must include all required information and be submitted online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please carefully read the application requirements and have all of your digital documents ready when you submit your online application. Applications must be submitted no later than February 15, 2015.  
  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 describing your interest in Japan and a plan to use the fellowship to develop specific curriculum materials and/or educational activities, for use in classroom teaching, related to the Japanese economy, society, history or culture. Proposal quality and originality are key elements in the selection process. Please provide a timeline of project-related activities to be scheduled from Sept. 2015 - June 2016. 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 (
3. Employment: Include a letter from your employer that supports the above mentioned project and attests to your full time professional (or sabbatical leave) status for the 2014-2015 school year.
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 Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.
  After gathering all above documents electronically, please go to 2015 Online Application (closed) and apply for the fellowship.  
  A special committee will select and notify each fellow in writing on March 31, 2015. Submitted applications become the property of the Keizai Koho Center Fellowship Program and cannot be returned.  
  Required Follow up and Deadlines:  
  • While in Japan, fellows will have the opportunity to give a short presentation regarding their Japan program experience or on educational issues in their home school. This presentation will occur at the end of the fellowship trip.
  • After the trip to Japan, fellows must provide a lesson plan related to the above mentioned project by Oct. 31, 2015. Lesson plans become the property of KKC and will be posted to our website for use by other educators. Fellows must submit a final report of their Japan-related activities by Jan. 10, 2016. This report will describe the Japan-related activities that you have completed as well as those proposed for the future as outlined in your fellowship application Project Proposal.
  Public Relations:  
  Fellows are asked to provide copies of any school/newspaper/magazine articles related to their fellowship to the Keizai Koho Center. Reports and feedback on workshops, lesson plans and activities are also very welcome.  

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  Fellowship Agenda  

Fellowship Dates (Tentative): June 28 - July 9, 2015

About ten day itinerary will primarily include time in Tokyo; typically, there is at least one scheduled visit to a destination outside of Tokyo. During this time, participants will engage in some or all of the following: tours of major industrial and corporate facilities, meetings with key business leaders, government officials, educators, school visits, discussions with teachers and students, and a home stay with a Japanese family.

  • The fellowship provides teachers a unique chance to learn about contemporary Japanese society, economy, business, and education arranged by a highly Respected institute.
  • Roundtable discussions between Japanese teachers, the participants, and prominent business leaders.
  • The Keizai Koho Center will cover air transportation from the fellow's home city to Japan and return, as well as accommodation, transportation as called for by the itinerary, and some meals.
  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) arranges accommodation with breakfast. KKC covers most of lunch and dinner required by the program. When KKC does not arrange lunch and/or dinner, you will be requested to pay for the meals.  
  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: Since it is an academic fellowship it is best 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.


Lesson Plans

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