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US-Japan Network for the Future

Proposal deadline: January 15, 2019
Funding opportunity: Individual funding
Funding period: N/A
Funding maximum: N/A
Contact: Carolyn Fleisher

Program Detail


“U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” is a two-year program designed to build and enhance a network of Japan specialists that can bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term. This program is conducted in collaboration with The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the program Advisory Committee (AC).

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the “U.S.-Japan Network for the Future” program is to identify U.S.- and Japan-based professionals who demonstrate an interest in and potential for becoming Japan specialists, and to support them in this effort. The network will include Japan specialists from all regions of the U.S. and Japan with diverse expertise and perspectives as well as the ability to participate constructively in the bilateral policy-making process and contribute to better understanding U.S.-Japan relations.

The program seeks to nurture a new generation of scholars and professionals working on the following policy areas: U.S.-Japan security relations, U.S.-Japan economic relations; regional cooperation; issues where the two countries confront common domestic challenges (such as aging societies or income inequality); and issues where the two countries have opportunities to work together to resolve global challenges (such as climate change or food security).

Selected individuals will participate in a series of meetings, workshops, and a study-trip in Japan. Participants will conduct independent research on key issues in U.S.-Japan relations, prepare brief policy papers and/or op-ed pieces and present their findings at a public symposium and current issues panel discussion in Washington, D.C.


• U.S.-based applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. who have a working knowledge of the Japanese language.
• Japan-based applicants must be Japanese nationals who are able to contribute to discussions in English.
• Scholars must demonstrate professional interest in Japan, and be at advanced assistant or early associate professor levels.
• Policy professionals should have a Master’s degree and at least five years of Japan experience and must demonstrate strong engagement with Japan and work experience in policy-relevant fields.
• Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.

Program Meetings

• A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (June 2019)
• A two day retreat in Montana (September 2019)
• A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 2020)
• A week-long Japan study trip (June 2020)
• Public symposium and current issues panel discussions in Washington D.C. (June 2021)


Throughout the two-year program, participants will be expected to: develop their network of contacts; engage with other Network members; engage others in the academic and policy fields with what they have learned about Japan; prepare for and actively participate in the program’s meetings, workshops, and study trip; participate in group activities and support the program’s larger goals and objectives; conduct independent research on key issues of particular interest to them; produce op-ed pieces, commentary/blog posts on important policy issues in U.S.-Japan relations; and produce and seek to publish or otherwise disseminate a brief policy paper. Network participants will present their papers and discuss current issues in the region during the last meeting in June 2021, at a public symposium in Washington, D.C.  



• Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.
• Participants are required to prepare one policy brief on important issues in the U.S.-Japan relationship and present the findings in a public symposium and current issues panel discussion in June 2021 in Washington, D.C. 
• The program will cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals associated with participation in program meetings and study trips.


Application Process

Application deadline is January 15, 2019 at 5:00PM (EST).  

Please refer to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation page for further information on the program and the application process.    


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