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2014-2015 CFR International Affairs Fellowships in Japan

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) offers fellowships to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The IAF-J, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd is only open to US citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program 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. The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan.

About Scholarship: Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program 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. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. 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. 

Study: Fellowships are provided unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations to expand their professional horizons.

Course Level: Twelve months fellowships for research or other professional activity in Japan.

Scholarship by: The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Hitachi, Ltd.

Location: Japan 

Eligibility: The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. 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.

Scholarship Open for: The students of USA can apply for these fellowships. 

Number of awards: Approximately three to five fellowships

Duration: 3-12 months

Value: The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan.

Selection criteria: Fellows are selected on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments and promise, the merits and feasibility of their specific research or action proposals, character and personal qualities conducive to promoting cross-cultural communication and cooperation, and the contribution that the proposed research or professional activity will make to the applicant’s individual career development. Based on the overall application and the results of the interviews. 

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

Notification:  Candidates 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. 

Apply: online

Deadline: October 31

Further Information: http://www.cfr.org/thinktank/fellowships/iaf_japan.html

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