||Note: The following information is
for the Japanese Exchange Program. Members will be sent an
email to inform them when the next exchange program begins.
GUIDELINES FOR APPS STUDENT JAPAN EXCHANGE
PROGRAM – SELECTION CRITERIA
The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) and the
Phytopathological Society of Japan (PSJ) signed a reciprocal student
exchange partnership for the purpose of furthering friendship
between both societies. As part of this exchange, APPS will fund two
students from Australia/New Zealand to visit Japan at their
chosen hosting institution.
The funds are allocated on a competitive basis by the Student Japan
Exchange Committee. The committee reserves the right not to funds if
the candidates are deemed unsuitable by the committee.
The Exchange Details:
(1) The students’ visit will be between 7 and 28 days, and depends
on the consultation between the student and the host researcher.
APPS will pay the sum of $AUS1,500 to each student to assist with
airfares and domestic travel, however an additional $3,000 per
student has been applied for from the Australia-Japan foundation.
This money should be treated as a one off.
(2) The remaining amount can be used to cover any additional
(3) The student must provide their own insurance to cover medical
expenses, liability and other related expenses.
(4) The students should pay for room and board.
(5) PSJ will try to find the most reasonable housing for visit such
as a host family.
Requirements from the Student:
(1) Identify a host institution in Japan and present a case how the
visit would benefit their research and future career; and
(2) Must learn some basic Japanese phrases prior to their visit
(3) Be an ambassador for Australia and APPS
To be eligible for the exchange funding, the student must:
(1) Be enrolled in a research Masters or PhD degree on a full or
part-time basis, and if in an Honours degree must be near
(2) Be a current paid member of APPS;
(3) Complete all sections of the Student Japan Exchange Program
application form and attach all required documentation listed below;
(4) Obtain the Principal Supervisor’s approval and a signed letter
of support and recommendation;
(5) Include with their submission a 250 word (approx.) written
statement outlining how the visit to Japan would benefit their
research program and their future career in Plant Pathology; and
(6) Within two months of the visit submit a written report and
deliver a talk at a regional APPS meeting.
Not eligible to apply are:
1) Students that have submitted their thesis (except Honours
2) Students that are on leave from candidature during the period for
which they intend to apply. Enrolled students whose scholarship has
expired are eligible to apply.
The following documentation is required for applications to be
(1) A signed letter of support and recommendation from Principal
(2) A 250 word or less justification of why they should receive this