Friday, February 14, 2014

2014 Japan Travel Program for Future U.S. Leaders

First-year graduate students (U.S. citizens) who are or have been engaged in Japan studies - as well as those who have not had previous experience with Japan, but demonstrate a serious interest in engaging with the country in the future - are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Japan Travel Program for Future U.S. Leaders.

Join graduate students from across the United States on a ten day study-tour through Japan, with site visits to Tokyo, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Osaka. Achieve a greater understanding of Japan and its roles in global affairs by engaging in dialogue with academic experts, national- and local-level policymakers, and leaders in the NGO/NPO community.

Features of the Program:
The itinerary enables participants to acquire first-hand knowledge of Japan and incorporate this knowledge into their studies and future careers. The itinerary may include, but is not limited, to the following elements:
  • Meeting experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society;
  • Visiting government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses, and non-profit organizations;
  • Conducting self-organized research day in Tokyo in small groups;
  • Enjoying cultural excursions.

After the study-tour, participants write a policy brief incorporating knowledge gained through the program. CGP provides round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Japan, all in-country (Japan) travel expenses, hotel expenses, and meals. Participants are responsible for costs of ground transportation to and from the airport in the U.S., personal shopping, and other incidentals.

Application Process:
Current first-year graduate students at the Elliott School who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Students graduating Spring/Summer 2014 are not eligible. The selection process includes nomination by Angella Griffin, Director, GSCD and a final selection process by APSIA and CGP.

Please check Elliott School Career Connection ( for more information about the application process and eligibility details.

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