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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 students interested in entering journalism. Any current undergraduate, graduate student or young professional who graduated within the last two years in Japan, or any Japanese student enrolled in an overseas journalism program, is eligible to apply. The award is intended to help students further their journalistic pursuits and should be used for such purposes (e.g. language courses, travel, purchase of computer equipment or books, or living expenses during a journalism internship).

Pen Prize: ¥300,000

Photo Prize: ¥300,000

Video Prize: ¥300,000

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

Entries must be submitted no later than June 16, 2017.

Entries will be judged by a panel of veterans in pen, television and photo journalism. The winning entries (pen & photo) will be published in FCCJ's monthly magazine No. 1 Shimbun. Winners will also be required 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).

(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 until July 1 each year.)


This year's topic: Youth Trends in Changing Japan

We encourage applicants to use their imaginations to envision, capture, or articulate the broader theme of “Youth Trends in Changing Japan” in their submissions.


Some suggested subthemes applicants may consider could include, but are not limited to:

  • the changing role & empowerment of women;
  • Japan’s youth in voluntary, not-for-profit (NPO) efforts in community involvement or social change;
  • entrepreneurial endeavors such as information technology (IT) or new business directions.

The FCCJ is looking for print, photo or video stories told in an innovative way with in-depth analysis.


Imagine you are a professional journalist: Interview, gather news materials and report your story! The FCCJ Scholarship Committee looks forward to seeing the results of your hard work.


Entry details
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

PEN ENTRY: Maximum 1,500 words unpublished article in English on one of the topics listed on page 3. Applicants must include photos with their text.

NOTE: Priority is given to print entries that express original ideas, and are clear, concise and well-researched. Winning entries are not restricted to grammatically perfect articles. Non-native English speakers are free to consult with native speakers prior to submitting their articles, but there should be minimal outside editing. Entries are eligible if they were submitted as class assignments or for student publications but should not include revisions from professors or student editors. Entries from non-native speakers suspected of having been heavily rewritten by native speakers of English or with significant input from professors or student editors will be subjected to investigation by the Scholarship Committee and 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 may be submitted as printed photographs or digitally, via email or online sharing services such as WeTransfer, DropBox, Box or GoogleDrive

VIDEO ENTRY: Up to 10-minute visual package on one of the topics. Video contributions should be in spirit and in principle, the sole work of an individual although cited assistance from outside sources is permitted. Video track must be in English or include subtitles. Submissions can be delivered on a drive or via online sharing services such as Vimeo, WeTransfer, DropBox, Box or GoogleDrive.



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