The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a special fund created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan, elected by popular vote of other European fans, to travel to and attend Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention which will be held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama.
It will be funded by a grant of £1,000 from Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, and by the fees paid by those fans who choose to vote.
The nomination and voting process will be administered for Interaction by the League of Fan Funds. This is a one-off race and there will be no ongoing administration required by the winning candidate after the trip.
However, there is an expectation that the winner will produce some form of report about their trip -- not least to inform and/or entertain those voters who weren't able to make the trip themselves -- within a year.
To become a candidate for this race you must provide:
* nominations from four other individuals who would be eligible to vote as described below (nominators should send a signed nomination by post OR, if sending their nomination by email, include a phone number for verification);
* a written platform of up to 100 words which will be printed on the ballot form (which could include your proposal about the way in which you will report back on your trip);
* a £20 bond and a pledge that you will take the trip if you win. (Send via post or hand to an administrator in person; make cheques payable to 'League of Fan Funds'.)
All nominations, platforms, pledges, and bonds must reach the League of Fan Funds at the address below by midnight (GMT) on Monday 13 November 2006. So long as at least two prospective candidates have satisfied these requirements by that date, distribution of ballots in both electronic and paper form will begin as soon as possible thereafter.
Voting will be open to any science fiction fan based in Europe who was active in fandom before 2005 and/or who was a member of Interaction, and who contributes at least £3 or 5 euros to the fund alongside their vote. (Larger donations will be gratefully accepted.) Voting will be similar to other fan travel funds in that it will be by secret (but signed) ballot with only one vote counted per person. The winner will be selected through a preferential ballot system, and will be the candidate who obtains an overall majority of the votes cast under this system.
The deadline for voting will be Friday 13 April 2007; a result and voting breakdown will be announced as soon as possible after this date.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the League of Fan Funds. If you are considering standing, it would be very helpful if you would alert the administrators as soon as possible.
League of Fan Funds c/o 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, UK
Variously crossposted: sorry to those who will see this several times; we don't want to miss anyone.