Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Scholarship for Visual Anthropology Students

Here is a scholarship from the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan for students studying in Japan. Check out the details for the photo entry and the video entry below. Seems like something that a student of visual anthropology should be able to put together either as a new project or from a previous blog entry. Please note the tight deadline of February 15, 2010. Go for it and good luck!


The Swadesh DeRoy Scholarship is the annual scholarship award by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ). It was created in honor of a respected long-time journalist member to encourage and support university students interested in entering the journalism field. Any current undergraduate or graduate student in Japan, or any Japanese student enrolled in an overseas journalism program, is eligible to apply. The award money is intended to help students further their journalistic pursuits and should be used for such purposes (e.g. language courses, travel, computer purchase, books, living expenses during a journalism internship).

Students are not required to provide receipts or a detailed financial accounting of how the money was spent, only a report to the Scholarship Committee of how they used the funds.

For 2009-2010, First Prize will be 300,000 yen, Second Prize will be 200,000 yen, and Third Prize will be 100,000 yen. Additional prizes totaling a half million yen may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.
Entries must be submitted no later than February 15, 2010.

Entries will be judged by a panel of veteran journalists in print, television and photography. The winning entry will be published in FCCJ’s monthly magazine No. 1 Shimbun. Winners will also be asked to submit a short article (200-300 words) detailing how the scholarship money is helping them in their journalism pursuits by June 30 for publication in the club magazine (comments may also be used in FCCJ promotion and fundraising materials).
Please see below for entry details and background on the FCCJ.

(Students interested in journalism are also invited to apply for the FCCJ’s Student Membership Program. Accepted students will be given a limited complimentary membership to the club for one year.)


Students can apply by submitting an application form, resume, copy of their student photo ID, a brief statement explaining what you would use the prize money for, and ONE of the following:

PRINT ENTRY: An 800-1,200 word unpublished article in English on one of the topics listed below. Applicants are encouraged to include photos with their text, but are not required to do so.

NOTE: Priority is given to print entries that express original ideas, are clear and concise, and are well-researched, not to essays that are grammatically perfect. Non-native English speakers are free to consult with native speakers prior to submitting their articles, but there should be a minimum of outside editing. Entries from non-native speakers suspected of having been heavily rewritten by native speakers of English will be subject to investigation by the Scholarship Committee and to possible disqualification.

PHOTO ENTRY: A 200-250 word written introduction about what the photos are meant to convey as a journalistic work and a selection of at least ten 8x10 photos (color or black and white) on one of the topics with captions. Students may also submit a contact sheet or a group of digital photo thumbnails in addition to the photos. Entries must be printed photographs. Digital images on CDs and DVDs will not be considered due to the nature of the judging process.

VIDEO ENTRY: 1.5 minute – 3 minute television story package on one of the topics. Video contributions should be in spirit and principle the sole work of one individual although cited assistance from outside sources is permitted.

THE TOPICS (Choose one): NEW MEDIA versus OLD MEDIA: What Japanese Youth Think About The Future of News in Newspapers, TV, and the Internet

GRAND PRIZE: 300,000 yen
Second Prize: 200,000 yen
Third Prize: 100,000 yen

Special Mention Prizes: Up to a half million yen

REVISED DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: The deadline has been revised to February 15, 2010 (Overseas applications received after Feb. 15 will still be accepted as long as a copy of it is emailed to by the deadline)

An announcement will be made in early February and awards will be presented at a dinner honoring winners at the FCCJ in March or April.

Hitoshi Kubo
Yurakucho Denki North Building 20F
Yurakucho 1-7-1, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0006
Tel: 03-3211-3161

2009-2010 SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS: Catherine Makino, Eric Johnston

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