Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 Genki Seinenkai Scholarship for Overseas Exchange

Introduction
   Genki Seinenkai was founded in 1995 by JETs in Kochi Prefecture. Its main activity has been the Tosaben Musical – a small production by foreigners in Kochi that has since grown into a widely known music and theatre performance, entertaining the old and the young across the prefecture. The friends and participants in the musical make everything from scratch, from the script and posters to the costumes, dances and songs. With the assistance of local support, we take the musical on the road for 2 weekends, showing at 7 venues from the east to west and from the mountains to the cities. The donations we receive on tour are made into a scholarship for students who wish to go on an overseas exchange. We have benefited over 20 students in the past years that have gone to America, Australia, Britain, Finland, France, Korea and New Zealand. Over 3.5 million yen has been given out as scholarship since its foundation. In 2005 we received the Japan Foundation’s Global Citizenship Prize for our program.
 
2013 Scholarship amount and number of awardees
   • 100,000-200,000 yen
   • 1-2 awards

Criteria for consideration
 
Requirements
   • Must have applied or have the intention of applying for an existing exchange program and provide details of exchange
   • Duration of exchange must be 2 weeks or more
   • Approximate cost of exchange must be specified
   • Preference for youths of 22 years of age or under living in Kochi Prefecture
   • Will be asked to attend an interview after the first round of paper selection
 
If awarded the Genki scholarship, applicant must
   • provide a proof of acceptance into the specified exchange program
   • submit a report after completion of exchange program
 
If required, applicants may be asked to provide a statement or interview to the press.
 
Application Process
 
  1. Fill in the details on the form, attach a passport-sized photo and an 800-character (2 genkouyoushi paper, or typed A4) statement of purpose and send it to the address below.
   2. Once the deadline has passed, applicants will be informed of their interview date and time (if they are unable to attend, interview over the phone is also an option).
 
Deadline
Sunday, June 30, 2013
 
Interview
Mid-July, date and time to be announced
 
Contact
Lisa Yasutake
International Affairs Division, Kochi Prefectural Office
Marunouchi 1-2-20, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture
Phone: (088) 823-9605
FAX: (088) 823-9296
E-mail:genkiseinenkai@gmail.com

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