December 13, 2021

U.S.-Japan Network for the Future Cohort 6 Applications Are Open

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) are pleased to announce the recruitment of a new group of participants for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future. This program was launched in 2009 to foster a new generation of Japan specialists. The five existing cohorts of Network for the Future participants regularly have met over the program's more than decade-long history to build their knowledge of Japan, their policy expertise, and their contacts in Japan-related policy and academic circles. Mansfield Foundation and CGP are pleased to make this opportunity available to a sixth group of emerging Japan specialists interested in in building a resilient society, developing an inclusive society, and creating a society enriched by science and technology.

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program is to identify U.S.- and Japan-based professionals who demonstrate an interest in and potential for becoming Japan specialists and policy intellectuals and to support them in this effort. The network will include Japan specialists from all regions of the United States and Japan with diverse expertise and perspectives. Participants should be able to constructively participate in the bilateral policy-making process and to contribute to better understanding of U.S.-Japan relations.

Themes and Priorities for Cohort 6

The sixth cohort of this program seeks to nurture a new generation of scholars and professionals working on the following policy issues: those in which the two countries confront common domestic challenges and those in which the two countries have opportunities to work together to resolve global challenges.

Priority will be given to those individuals whose research falls within the following thematic areas:
Building a resilient society: to overcome global threats such as natural disasters, pandemics, and environmental pollution;
Developing an inclusive society: to develop a more prosperous and vibrant society and/or to overcome societal divisions;
Creating a society enriched by science & technology: to better understand and leverage cultural and societal transformations through advances in science and technology.

Prior expertise in these thematic areas is not required for all applicants, but participants will be encouraged to explore how these areas intersect with their research interests. Throughout the two-year program, the sixth cohort will explore how resiliency, inclusivity, and science and technology lay at the center of domestic and global challenges faced by both countries.

Applications and Selection

Up to twelve U.S.-based participants and up to three Japan-based participants will be selected for this Network cohort. Applications are due January 31, 2022 and should be submitted to the Mansfield Foundation. A selection committee will review the applications and participants will be announced the end of March 2022.

For further information, please visit and contact Timothy White, Associate Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation at