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September 30


MINERVA Fellowship Programme



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 a COSME Third Country (**) or Japan. They must be professionals (trade and economic analysts, academics, scientists, civil servants) with a proven interest in 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.

(*) for British applicants

(**) http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/21365

(***) Minerva is not a post-doc, and it is not a scientific or engineering fellowship.


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).

Contents of each MINERVA application should flow coherently and contain substance, in order to allow the selection board to see clear and easy-to-understand connections between the candidate’s background, the letter of motivation and his/her research plan.


  • 1st slot 2019  ~  April 2019 to September 2019  ~   deadline to apply: passed

The application materials and eventual relevant documentation must be submitted by email to 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.



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



Priority topics for MINERVA 2019-spring session:  click here  


  • The priority topics have a general orientation character on the basis of which the applicants are free to propose more narrow and original topics (industrial/business approaches preferred). The more specific proposals have a better chance of success.
  • Before deciding the topic to submit, applicants should make sure that it has not yet been covered by former Minerva reports (for this purpose, please carefully check the list below)


Clean Energy Sector in Japan-An analysis on Investment and Industrial Cooperation Opportunities for EU SMEs
By Stijn Lambrecht (2013 – I)

Government Procurement in Japan Obstacles and opportunities for European SMEs
By Lyckle Griek (2013 – II)

Prospects for the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership – a Global Multi-Level and SWOT Analysis
By César de Prado (2014 - I)

Japanese Nanotech Cluster and Industry Landscape
(Additional document: Interactive Map of the Nanotech Cluster and Industry landscape in Japan)
By Andrej Zagar (2014 - I)

Solar PV Market and Industry in Japan – Opportunities for European SME
By Edgar Hahn (2014 - I)

Business partnership opportunities and technology transfer in the Space sector between EU and Japan
(Additional document: Presentation on Space sector - EU-Japan Business and Technology Cooperation Potential)
By Veronica La Regina (2014 - II)

Japanese Cosmetics Market. Obstacles and Opportunities for European SMEs
By Erwan Rannou (2014 - II)

Technology Transfer System in Japan - Challenges and Opportunities for European SMEs
By Luca Escoffier (2014 - II)

Digital Economy in Japan and the EU - an Assessment of the Common Challenges and the Collaboration Potential
(Additional document: Japan ICT Market Entry and Business Development Guide for European Companies)
By Marcin Lenkiewicz (2014 - II)

Tokyo Smart City Development in Perspective of 2020 Olympics - Opportunities for EU-Japan Cooperation and Business Development
By Clarisse Pham (2014 - II) 

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 - II)

Creation and update of a guide on importers, buyers and wholesale distributors in Japan for the promotion of EU-Japan SME partnerships
(Additional document: Presentation on the Brief Guide for European Companies on Importers and Wholesale Distributors in Japan (food and wine; ICT; medical devices sectors))
By Alice Tomaskova (2015 - I)

Recycling and waste management industry and market in Japan - Opportunities for European Companies (SMEs focus)
(Additional document: Presentation on Waste Management and Recycling in Japan - Opportunities for EU SMEs)
By Christine Yolin (2015 - I)

EEN Japan - Strategy for expansion and effectiveness (Internal report - please contact the Centre)
By Lena Muxfeldt (2015 - I)

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 (Internal report - please contact the Centre)
By Jérôme Camier (2015 - I)

Ceramic Products Market in Japan-Challenges and opportunities for European SMEs
By Sonia Pupaza (2015 - II)

Demand analysis on Japan's market in the decommissioning of the nuclear plant
By Marc Schmittem (2015 - II)

Human Assistant Robotics in Japan - Challenges and Opportunities for European Companies
(Additional document)
By Dana Neumann (2015 - II)

The Japanese Ministry of Defense's equipment acquisition processes and policies – Is it becoming more accessible to european suppliers? (Internal report - please contact the Centre)
By Jérôme Camier (2015 - II)

The microalgae/biomass industry in Japan - an assessment of cooperation and business potential with european companies.
(Additional document : Most relevant EU stakeholders (40) on microalgae and products derived from microalgal biomass)
By Manuel Herrador (2016 - I)

Hydro, tidal and wave energy in Japan - Business, research and technological cooperation opportunities for European companies.
By Guillaume Hennequin (2016 - I)

Wind energy in Japan: technological cooperation and business potential for European Companies
(Additional document : WTG industry related players in Japan)
By Ines Heger (2016 - I)

Space Industry business opportunities in Japan: Analysis on the market potential for EU SMEs involved in the earth observation products and services
(Research plan)
By Ryuichi Dunphy - Sato (2016 - I)

Market opportunities for EU agribusinesses in the context of the EU-Japan EPA
(Additional documents: Presentation on Market opportunities for EU agribusinesses in the context of the EU-Japan EPA (PDF) / Audio file)
By William Fournel (2017-1)

Opportunities for Cooperation between EU and Japan on Biotechnology in Healthcare: Japan Bioventures Landscape
By Esther Rodergas (2017-2) 

Photonics for life science and industrial manufacturing, business and cooperation opportunities in Japan
(Additional documents: the list of companies & organisations (.xls) and the list of events (.xls) mentioned in the report / the recorded session of the webinar held on the 4th of June 2018)
By Šarūnas Vaškelis (2017-2) 

Opportunities for venture firms, universities, and research institutes in the EU to conduct knowledge transfer with Japanese counterparts in nine digital technology areas 
By Toru Kodama (2017-2) 

The dairy sector in Japan: Market access and business opportunities for European companies
(Additional document: podcast recorded session)
By Paul Van der Plas (2018-1) 

Solar energy, energy storage and virtual power plants in Japan
(Additional document: the recorded session of the webinar held on the 18th of January 2019)
By Jonathan Arias (2018-1)

Blockchain in Japan
(Additional document: the recorded session of the webinar held on the 14th of January 2019)
By Marta González (2018-1) 

EPA guide aimed at Japanese importers of European products 
By Julien Lemaître (2018-2) (this report will be online in June 2019)

Opportunities in Industrial and R&D cooperation potential for European SMEs in Japan in NewSpace
By Helen Tung (2018-2) (this report will be online in June 2019)

Insights in how the Country of Origin Affects Product Evaluation in Japanese Consumers.
By Paul Van der Plas (2018-2) (this report will be online in June 2019)

EPA guide aimed at Japanese importers of European products


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