Applications should be completed in English.
In principle, applications must be submitted via the online system, which can be accessed only during the application period. Please be sure to submit all required information by the respective deadlines, which are indicated in Japan Standard Time (JST). Applications sent by email or those that are either incomplete or late will not be considered. All applicants are required to read “5. Screening and Evaluation Criteria” carefully prior to submitting their applications.
There are two steps in completing the application process.
FIRST STEP: Preliminary registration
The first step is preliminary registration. The applicant should provide basic information about himself/herself and answer some eligibility questions via the online form. The form will be available on the SRG page between May 15, 2023, and June 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m. JST.
SECOND STEP: Application submission
After screening the basic information provided in the first step, eligible applicants will be informed of a web link enabling them to proceed to the second step to submit their formal applications via an electronic application system.
The Sylff Association secretariat strongly encourages applicants to prepare a draft of their application and recommendation letter in advance, as explained below. Your application will be evaluated on the quality of the written responses and relevance to the information requested. Access to the system, meanwhile, will be limited to the period between August 15, 2023, and August 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. JST.
[Applicants Must Submit the Following]
- Online Form
- Cover Letter (300 words)
Please summarize your “detailed proposal” and “budget proposal and research activities” in a clear and convincing way.
- Detailed Proposal (total 1,000 words)
- Discipline (field of study)
- Issue(s) addressed (200 words)
- Objective (200 words)
- Methodology, approach, research plan (400 words)
- Expected outcomes (200 words)
- Budget Proposal (use prescribed form) and Research Activities
For which research activity or activities will the SRG grant be used? Check all that apply.
- Data collection
- Hiring of research assistant(s)
- Domestic fieldwork
- International fieldwork
- Letter of Recommendation
The applicant should request a letter of recommendation from an academic authority with a good understanding of the applicant’s area of research (academic supervisor, expert, etc.) (use prescribed form). The letter should be scanned and submitted in PDF or JPEG format and have the digital or physical signature of the referee.
Only those sections of the letter referring to the significance of the applicant’s research project will be reviewed.
- Written Pledge
All applicants are asked to sign and submit a pledge agreeing to take full responsibility if and when they need to travel to a foreign country for their research (use prescribed form).