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Creating a Knowledge Exchange between SI and Japan

Posted on December 18, 2017 by in The OFI Blog

Through a partnership with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the Smithsonian will nominate one pre- or post-doctoral SI-affiliated researcher to travel to Japan and conduct cooperative research with leading research groups at Japanese institutions through the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for U.S. Researchers (Short-term).

The intention of this program is to strengthen the lines of communication between SI and Japanese institutions with a particular focus on:

  • Museum Studies:¬†encompassing the ideas and issues involved in the museum profession; from the practical, day-to-day skills needed to operate a museum to theories on the societal role of museums.
  • Conservation Biology: encompassing the complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.
  • Materials Conservation: encompassing the knowledge of materials and the history of technology with state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research studies and interpretation of artistic, anthropological, biological, and historical objects and collections.

Applications are due to the SI selection committee on 12 January 2018. Full details on eligibility and application requirements are available on the fellowship announcement page.