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US-Japan Network For The Future

Application deadline29 January 2024
Funding opportunityIndividual Funding
Benefits2 year program

This program identifies, nurtures, and enhances a network of U.S.- and Japan-based public policy intellectuals who bring diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term. It is conducted in collaboration with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the program Advisory Committee (AC).

Over the course of 2 years, the program will provide an array of opportunities such as: media training and exercises; meetings with governmental officials, academics, think tank experts, thought leaders, and previous cohort members; mentorship through interactions with the Advisory Committee members; and opportunities to discuss and strengthen participants’ individual research interests and activities. U.S.-based participants can expect opportunities that will further enhance the study of Japan within the United States. Japan-based participants can expect opportunities that will expand their understanding of U.S. foreign policy structures and processes.


  • U.S.-based applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. who ideally have a working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • Japan-based applicants must be Japanese nationals.
  • Participants must be interested in working together with other scholars and practitioners to resolve global challenges.
  • 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.
  • Participants are required to produce op-ed pieces and commentary/blog posts on important policy issues related; will have the option to be featured in an organizer-produced podcast.

Program Meeting

  • A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (June 2-6, 2024)
  • A two-day retreat in Montana (October 4-6, 2024)
  • A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 12-17, 2025)
  • A week-long Japan study trip (June 8-15, 2025)
  • Public symposium and current issues panel discussions in Washington D.C. (June 2026)

Network Participants