International Affairs Fellowship in Japan Application

Thank you for your interest in CFR’s International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J).

The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, although the selection committee has made exceptions when it considered that the fellowship would allow an individual to add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.

The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis. To create your online application account, please complete the form below. Once you click “Submit,” an automatic email with specific application instructions will be sent to you. Should you have any questions, please contact us at or 212.434.9740.

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