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U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Application Instructions

Application Instructions

This page outlines the application process for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program. Please print this page and refer to it when completing the application.


The application must be completed and mailed or emailed to the Mansfield Foundation no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 15, 2019. The references and all attachments must also be submitted by this time. Please submit all application materials to:

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 1105
Washington, D.C. 20005


Eligibility and Terms

Applicants must be able to make a two-year commitment to the program and should be prepared to participate in at least three meetings and two study trips, including: a two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. in June 2019; a two-day retreat in Montana in September 2019; a week-long study trip in Washington, D.C. in January 2020; a week-long Japan study trip in June 2020; and a public symposium and current issues panel discussions in June 2021. In addition, Network members will be expected to share their Japan expertise with the policy community and to participate in follow-up meetings; to engage with other network members; to conduct independent research; and to produce brief policy papers, opinion pieces and memoranda.

The Foundation will provide reimbursement for the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals associated with program meetings and study trips. Program participants may be eligible to compete for cash awards contingent upon publication of their pieces.


The application is composed of the following parts:

Part I – Application Form (Download here)

(Rename file replacing “LastName_FirstName” with your information)

  • Personal information, including name, age, sex, current position, and address
  • Education and language proficiency, including higher education and official Japanese language training for U.S.-based applicants and English language training for Japan-based applicants
  • Experience, including experience traveling in Japan or other regions of Asia, and work experience related to the field

Part II – Attachments

Along with your application, please mail or email the following attachments:

  • A personal statement describing your area of interest, reason for wanting to participate in the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program, how your area of interest relates to U.S.-Japan policy, and how participation in this program will serve you in the future, in 250 or less words.
  • A detailed educational and professional resume that describes any experience in the area of international policy, U.S.-Japan relations, travel experience in Japan or other parts of Asia, and any awards, publications, or public presentations.
  • For U.S.-based applicants: Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency in the U.S.
  • For Japan- based applicants: Proof of Japanese nationality.
  • Two professional letters of reference and Professional Reference Forms (forms included in Application Form). Letters and forms must be submitted by January 15, 2019.