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.


  • 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.


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

  • 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

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.