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Japan Travel Program for US Future Leaders

Proposal deadline: Closed Program
Funding opportunity: Individual funding, Past Grants
Funding period: N/A
Funding maximum: N/A
Contact: Closed Program

Program Detail

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), in collaboration with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), inaugurated the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders in 2009. The goal of this program is to foster a new generation of future leaders in the United States who are interested in achieving a greater understanding of Japan and its roles in global affairs.
Each year, the program invites approximately twelve first-year graduate students of international affairs to Japan as a group.  Students who currently are or previously have been engaged in Japan studies as well as those who demonstrate interest in Japan are all encouraged to apply.  

The itinerary for the program is structured so that each participant can acquire first hand knowledge of Japan and incorporate this knowledge into their studies and future career. The itinerary may include but is not limited to the following elements:

  • Meeting experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society
  • Visiting relevant institutions including government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses, and  non-profit organizations
  • One day in Tokyo for self-organized research activities in small groups
  • Cultural excursions

CGP will provide: round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Japan, all in-country (Japan) travel expenses, accommodations and meals for the duration of the program. Participants are responsible for costs of ground transportation to and from the airport in the U.S., any personal shopping and other incidentals. 

Summaries of the 2011-2013 Itineraries are available here:  2011 Itinerary, 2012 Itinerary, and 2013 Itinerary. 


Potential applicants must fulfill the following conditions:
  • United States citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time first-year student at an APSIA full member school, and pursuing a Masters degree or an equivalent level of combined degree program both at the time of nomination in February/March, and during the travel in August. Students graduating Spring/Summer 2015 are not eligible for the 2015 Program.
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in acquiring additional knowledge about Japan and its role in the international arena
  •  Willingness and ability to take the time to plan the schedule and make appointments for the self-organized research day with support from CGP staff

Application Process

The following documents are required:
  • Nomination Cover Sheet
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • A letter of recommendation from former work supervisor or a professor
  • Sealed transcript from current university
  • Sealed transcript(s) from previously attended universities
  • Statement of purpose (Please refer to the application materials at your institution's Career Services department for the prompt).

The selection process includes nomination by your home institution and a final selection process carried out by APSIA and CGP.

The application is released annually to your institution's Career Services department in January, please contact them for more information about the application process.

2014 Fellows
2013 Fellows
2012 Fellows
2011 Fellows
2010 Fellows

2009 Fellows