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 mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While the IAF-J is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas.

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 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 fellowships@cfr.org or 212.434.9740.

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