Japan Travel Program for US Future Leaders
Applications for 2013 Closed
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Program DetailThe 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 twelve to fifteen 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 how it is trying to fulfill its global responsibilities. 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 individual, self-organized research activities
- Conducting cultural excursions
NEW: Condensed versions of the 2011 and 2012 Itineraries are available here: 2011 Itinerary and 2012 Itinerary.
Potential applicants must fulfill the following conditions:
- United States citizen or Permanent Resident
- Full-time 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, and during the travel in August
- 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 ProcessThe following documents were required for the 2013 application round:
- 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
The application is released annually to your institution's Career Services department in January, please contact them for more information about the application process.