Application Information

Application deadline is August 22, 2016.

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to call for applications to join the 2016 cohort of the New Voices from Japan program, which provides capacity strengthening for promising young Japanese researchers working on topics of importance to both the US and Japanese academic and policy communities. Funding is provided by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

The program offers:

  • Opportunities for engagement and dialogue in the United States as part of a delegation of young Japanese policy experts and an experienced Japanese mentor.
  • Assistance by mentors and trainers in developing the skills required to participate in international conferences, workshops, public lectures and policy debates.
  • Guidance in building effective communication skills, writing strong position papers through developmental editing, and presenting policy implications of research to an American and international audience.
  • Opportunities for participants to speak at public lectures, brown bag seminars and small group discussions with policy professionals in the US.
  • Unique chances for networking with and learning from US academic and policy communities.

Cohorts are selected on a biannual basis and each member of the cohort will be invited to participate in an engagement and dialogue trip to the United States. Program meetings for the Fall 2016 cohort will take place from October 2016 through to March 2017. The dialogue trip to the United States will take place over 7-10 days in late February/early March 2017. Recent cohorts have visited institutions such as the East-West Center, Brookings Institution, Congressional Research Service, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Rice University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

The program will recruit young scholars with expertise on issues central to Japan-US policy discussions such as national security; foreign policy; Japanese politics and diplomacy; Japanese business and economy; energy and environment; development, gender, and human rights; immigration; and the challenges of aging societies.


  • Japanese nationals or permanent residents in Japan
  • Full-time scholars and researchers interested in joining policy dialogues with counterparts in the United States.
  • Recipients of a Ph.D. or terminal degree within the last ten years, or equivalent professional experience
  • Policy practitioners with equivalent expertise in the private sector are also eligible.

Deadline for applications to join the Fall 2016 cohort is August 22, 2016.

Those interested in applying should submit the following items:

  1. A cover letter (either in English or Japanese) with contact information and a statement of why you want to participate in the program.
  2. CV, including a list of publications and presentations, in English and Japanese.
  3. A brief statement of your research interests and how they relate to policy issues. The statement should be 2-3 pages long and in both English and Japanese. The statement should cover the following points:
    1. Research interests and how they relate to policy debates
    2. What you can contribute to the Japan-America policy debates
  4. A list of previous study or research experiences outside of Japan, English presentations at international conferences (in Japan or overseas), as well as participation in international collaborative projects.

These materials should be submitted to the New Voices of Japan program at
Questions about the program can also be sent to the same address.

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