What is the Abe Fellowship Program?

The Abe Fellowship Program is a research scholarship system carried out in cooperation with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)External link. The program aims to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of contemporary global concern and issues that require urgent attention. Focusing on individual researchers, the program also fosters the development of a new generation of researchers and journalists interested in policy-relevant topics of long-term importance, as well as reporting work, and who are willing to actively become key members of a world-wide network of researchers and journalists focusing on policy topics.

The Birth of the Abe Fellowship Program

The Center for Global Partnership was established in 1991 based on the vision put forward the year prior in 1990 by former Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe. Mr. Abe passed away soon after the establishment of the program, but it was named the “Abe Fellowship Program” in honor of his initiative.

Applying for the Abe Fellowship Program

The Abe Fellowship Research Agenda

  • a)Traditional and non-traditional approaches to security and diplomacy
  • b)Global and regional economic issues
  • c)Social and cultural issues

Abe Fellowship for Researchers

The Program administers an annual fellowship competition that provides scholars and non-academic research professionals in the social sciences and related disciplines with support for research projects addressing one or more of the three components of the Research Agenda.

Application Deadline : September 1, annually
For more details, visit SSRC’s webpage on the Abe Fellowship for ResearchersExternal link.

Abe Fellowship for Journalists

The Abe Fellowship for Journalists is designed to encourage in-depth coverage of topics of pressing concern to the United States and Japan through individual short-term policy-related projects. Applicants are invited to submit proposals on one of the three components of the Research Agenda.

Application Deadline : September 15, annually
For more details, visit SSRC’s webpage on the Abe Fellowship for JournalistsExternal link.

Abe Fellowship Program Committee Members

The Abe Fellowship appoints program committee members and undertakes examinations for Abe Fellows. In addition, these committee members give advice to the program management and to individual fellows, as well as participating in various related initiatives.

Abe Fellowship (Researchers)

  • Hiroshi Nakanishi (Professor, Kyoto University), Chair
  • Marie Anchordoguy (Professor, Washington University)
  • Anil B. Deolalikar (Professor, University of California, Riverside)
  • Andrew Gordon (Professor, Harvard University)
  • Hiroshi Ishida (Professor, University of Tokyo)
  • Yoshiko Kojo (Professor, University of Tokyo)
  • Glenda S. Roberts (Professor, Waseda University)
  • Masayuki Tanimoto (Professor, University of Tokyo)

Abe Fellowship (Journalists)

  • Charles Burress (Public Information Officer, Berkeley Unified School District), Chair
  • Brigid Schulte (Director, The Better Life Lab and Good Life Initiative at New America)
  • Hiroki Sugita (Columnist, Kyodo News Agency)

(As of July 2019)


Abe Fellowship Program SSRC Tokyo Office
c/o Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership
1-6-4 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0004
Email: abetokyo@ssrc.org
Tel: +81-3-5369-6085 / Fax: +81-3-5369-6142