International Affairs Fellowship in Japan for US Citizen 2015 2016

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J) for US Citizen 2015 2016 • Sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan.

This international fellowship provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. In cooperation with CFR, the program’s sponsor, Hitachi, Ltd., assists fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Japan. A nonexclusive list of cooperating institutions in Japan can be found below.
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Study in: Japan
Host Institution: Council on Foreign Relation (CFR)
Course Level: Postgraduate
Course Starts:

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International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J) for US Citizen 2015 2016

CLOSING DATE: October 31 (annually)

Field of Study(s):

Selected fellows of International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J) have an opportunity to engage their field of activities at these cooperating Japanese institutions:

  • Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS)
  • Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo (GRaSPP)
  • Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
  • Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS)
  • Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo
  • Institute for International Monetary Affairs (IIMA)
  • Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
  • Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA)
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
  • Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)
  • Japan Institute of Labor (JIL)
  • Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
  • Keizai Koho Center (KKC)
  • Keio UniversityResearch Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Ministry of Finance Policy Research Institute
  • Meiji Institute for Global Affairs
  • National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
  • National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA)
  • Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS)
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture

Target Group:

Fellows are drawn from academia, business, media, NGOs, government, and think tanks.

Duration of Awards:

The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months.


  • Applicants are U.S. citizens between the ages of 27 – 45.
  • The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, although the selection committee has made exceptions when it considered that the fellowship would allow an individual to add a significant new dimension to his or her career.
  • Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.

Fellows are selected based on:

  • academic and professional accomplishments and promise
  • character and personal qualities conducive to promoting cross-cultural communication and cooperation,
  • the merits and feasibility of their specific research or action proposals,
  • and the contribution that the proposed research or professional activity will make to the applicant’s individual career development.

What does it cover:

The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J) program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

How to apply:

Interested applicants who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis. Applicants who are selected as IAF-J finalists will be notified between December and January, with finalist interviews scheduled in Washington, DC, and New York City between January and February. Official selections and announcement of IAF-J awards will be made between February and March.

Source & further information on International Affairs Fellowship in Japan for US Citizen 2015/2016:

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