Connecting People & Ideas to Advance Mutual Interests in U.S.-Asia Relations

 Deadline to apply: December 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST

The “Mansfield Next Generation of U.S.-Japan Nuclear Policy Experts” training program aims to nurture a new generation of Japanese and American nuclear experts who will contribute to the strengthening of U.S.-Japan security relations and grow into leaders and policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of regional nuclear security dynamics.

The program, held entirely in English, includes a series of interactive webinars culminating in an in-person, 7-day immersion training in Washington, D.C. and the opportunity to publish a short policy-relevant article. The participants will receive round-trip airfare to Washington, accommodations, and meals.

Funding for the program is generously provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.


Eligibility:

  • Japanese students enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in international relations, security studies, political science, or related fields at a university in Japan; OR
  • Students enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in international relations, security studies, political science, East Asian studies, or related fields at a university in the United States.

Timeline:

December 4, 2022 | Deadline to apply

Mid-December 2022 | Short virtual interviews with candidates and selection of the Japanese and U.S. program participants

January 2023 | Virtual meet-and-greet among participants and Mansfield staff

February-June 2023 | Three virtual interactive webinars (90 minutes each), featuring a speaker discussing global nuclear politics and history; nuclear security dynamics in the Indo-Pacific; and arms control and the future of nuclear agreements.

September 10-17, 2023 | Participants travel to Washington, D.C. for the 7-day in-person training program. Facilitated by the Foundation, the students will meet with key nuclear experts from academia and think tanks as well as practitioners from the U.S. government. A site visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is included in the agenda.

December 2023 | Participants will work in groups and submit a short policy-relevant piece for online publication with the Mansfield Foundation.

January 2024 | Japanese participants will have the opportunity to present their research and talk about their experience during the program to Japanese college and graduate students.


How to Apply:

Please submit the following to sromei@mansfieldfdn.org:

  • A resume or CV (no more than 2 pages in English);
  • A 1-page motivation letter detailing your interest in nuclear policy and your career plans in the security/international relations/nuclear field;
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or a supervisor who knows you personally and is familiar with your work. The recommender can send the letter directly to .

The application deadline is December 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Sayuri Romei at sromei@mansfieldfdn.org


This program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation with funding provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo through an open grant competition award.