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MINERVA Fellowship Programme

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The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 month in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issues.

The Research Fellow will undertake research work on a selected priority topic of the Centre, which should result in a consistent policy report (70-100 pages), to be owned by the Centre.

Apart from research on a pre-determined topic, the Research Fellow will be expected to support the daily analytical activities of the Centre, including media monitoring, policy briefings, seminar reports, etc.



Candidates must be citizens of an EU Member-State or COSME Third Country and Japanese professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants) with a proven interest in Japan and EU-Japan cooperation from multiple perspectives (trade/market access, industrial policy issues, R&D, etc...).

Minimum requirements: EU / COSME or Japanese citizenship, university degree, strong interest and motivation in Japan and EU-Japan relations.

The following elements will constitute an advantage in the selection process: previous professional experience with Japan, an already advanced study/research on one of the priority topics, Japanese language abilities.



The candidates should specify the slot for which they are applying.

Application documents to be submitted: CV, Covering Letter, Research Topic-Research Plan (1-2 A4 pages).

Deadline for Applications

  • October 2016 - March 2017 slot --> deadline to apply: 15 July 2016

The application materials and eventual requests for clarification should be sent electronically to the following address: minerva@eu-japan.gr.jp


After a first review of the applications, a short-list will be established. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview (via telephone, Skype or in person).

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit official documents proving that they meet the minimum requirements (citizenship, education etc).

The short-listing will be done by the two general managers of the Centre on the basis of the submitted CVs, cover letters and work/research plans. The final selection stage may include an interview in person, by telephone or via Skype.


The fellowship is worth 2000 EUR/month (paid in JPY) and covers a period of 6 months:

The fellowship is expected to cover basic daily expenses and accommodation in Tokyo. A Research Fellow selected from outside Japan, will receive an additional travel subsidy of up to 1000 EUR.

Insurance: the Research Fellow shall take out a personal insurance policy for the whole duration of the Fellowship to cover:

  • Travel,
  • Personal health,
  • Accident insurance,
  • Third-party liability (private life): insurance against the loss of, or damage to, his/her personal property, and insurance against any injury, loss or damage suffered by a third person for which the Participant is personally liable.

This policy shall be taken out prior to the beginning of the fellowship. (The Centre may provide assistance in this matter, if the participant is an EU national not residing in Japan.)

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation will provide assistance in obtaining the visa for Japan as well as various logistical assistance (finding accommodation etc).


Exceptionally and depending on the initial results and the interests from the stakeholders, the Minerva Fellowship may be extended for another 6 months. 


  • Laser and photonics industry in Japan- Opportunities for European Companies.            
  • Digital technologies for advanced manufacturing in Japan: an analysis on the benchmarking relevance of Japan, technological cooperation and business potential for the EU companies.         



  • Clean Energy Sector in Japan-An analysis on Investment and Industrial Cooperation Opportunities for EU SMEs  click here  (by Stijn Lambrecht/2013-1)
  • Government Procurement in Japan/Obstacles and opportunities for European SMEs  click here (by Lyckle Griek/2013-2)
  • Prospects for the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership – a Global Multi-Level and SWOT Analysis  click here  (by César de Prado/2014-1)
  • Japanese Nanotech Cluster and Industry Landscape click here ;(additional document: Interactive Map of the Nanotech Cluster and Industry landscape in Japan: click here) (by Andrej Zagar/2014-1)
  • Solar PV Market and Industry in Japan – Opportunities for European SME  click here (by Edgar Hahn/2014-1)
  • Business partnership opportunities and technology transfer in the Space sector between EU and Japan  click here ; (additional document: Presentation on Space sector - EU-Japan Business and Technology Cooperation Potential: click here(by Veronica La Regina/2014-2)
  • Japanese Cosmetics Market. Obstacles and Opportunities for European SMEs  click here (by Erwan Rannou/2014-2)
  • Technology Transfer System in Japan - Challenges and Opportunities for European SMEs  click here (by Luca Escoffier/2014-2)
  • Digital Economy in Japan and the EU - an Assessment of the Common Challenges and the Collaboration Potential  click here(additional report:Japan ICT Market Entry and Business Development Guide for European Companiesclick here(by Marcin Lenkiewicz/2014-2)
  • Tokyo Smart City Development in Perspective of 2020 Olympics - Opportunities for EU-Japan Cooperation and Business Development click here (by Clarisse Pham/2014-2)
  • EU-Japan Industrial Cooperation and Business Potential in the Defense Sector– Opportunities for European SMEs  - Internal report (please contact the Centre) (by Jérôme Camier/2014-2)
  • Creation and update of a guide on importers, buyers and wholesale distributors in Japan for the promotion of EU-Japan SME partnerships click here; (additional document: Presentation on the Brief Guide for European Companies on Importers and Wholesale Distributors in Japan (food and wine; ICT; medical devices sectors) click here(by Alice
  • Recycling and waste management industry and market in Japan - Opportunities for European Companies (SMEs focus) click here; (additional document: Presentation on Waste Management and Recycling in Japan - Opportunities for EU SMEs: click here(by Christine Yolin/2015-1)
  • EEN Japan - Strategy for expansion and effectivenessInternal report (please contact the Centre) (by Lena Muxfeldt/2015-1)
  • Defence and Security - Industry&Market In Japan - Opportunities for European companies in five dual-use areas: Maritime security equipment, Unmanned vehicles, Aeronautic platform integration, Sensors and Avionics Internal report (please contact the Centre) -(by Jérôme Camier/2015-1)
  • Ceramic Products Market in Japan-Challenges and opportunities for European SMEs click here (by Sonia Pupaza/2015-2)
  • Demand analysis on Japan's market in the decommissioning of the nuclear plant click here (by Marc Schmittem/2015-2)
  • Human Assistant Robotics in Japan - Challenges and Opportunities for European Companies click here  (Additional presentation)(by Dana Neumann/2015-2)
  • The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s equipment acquisition processes and policies – Is it becoming more accessible to European suppliers? due by mid-April 2016 - internal report (please contact the Centre) (by Jérôme Camier/2015-2)
  • Microalgae as future business model of circular economy in Japan due by mid-October 2016 (by Manuel Herrador/2016-1) 
  • Hydro, tidal and wave energy in Japan - Business, research and technological cooperation opportunities for European companies  due by mid-October 2016 (by Guillaume Hennequin/2016-1) 
  • Wind energy in Japan: technological cooperation and business potential for European Companies  due by mid-October 2016(by Ines Heger/2016-1)
  • Space Industry business opportunities in Japan: Analysis on the market potential for EU SMEs involved in the Earth Observation products and services  due by mid-October 2016 (for the research plan: click here)(by Ryuichi Dunphy -Sato/2016-1)
  • Defence R&D policies and programme management in Japan and the potential of coopration with the EU - The Japanese Ministry of Defense's R&D programme management processes and policies due by mid-August 2016 - internal report (please contact the Centre) (by Jérôme Camier/2016-1)











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