THE Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan is offering scholarships to Fiji's teachers who wish to conduct research on school education.
In a government statement, Public Service Commission acting permanent secretary Iliesa Lutu commended the offer by the government of Japan.
He said research conducted on education through these scholarships would be of added value to the government.
"All teachers in Fiji are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. This is an opportunity not to be missed," Mr Lutu said.
According to the terms of the scholarship, applicants must be born on or after April 2, 1978 and must be a graduate of universities or teacher training schools and have worked as teachers at primary or secondary school level in Fiji for at least five years. Applicants must also be willing to learn Japanese and receive research guidance in the Japanese Language. They must also have the ability to do research in Japanese and adopt living in Japan.
Ambassador Eiichi Oshima said Japan has been constantly receiving excellent teachers every year under this scholarship, in different fields of study including education psychology and special education. He hoped motivated teachers would utilise the opportunity to further develop their capacities.
The period into which the scholarship is being offered is between October 2013 and March 2015, including an intensive Japanese language course.
Scholarship benefits include tuition and university fees, accommodation and transportation. The closing date for applications is February 28.