Intellectual Exchange

US-Japan Network for the Future

  • Proposal deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Funding opportunity: Individual funding
  • Funding period: 2 years
  • Funding maximum: N/A

This program identifies, nurtures, and enhances a network of U.S.-based Japan specialists bringing diverse expertise and perspectives to the bilateral policy-making process in the mid- and long-term. It is conducted in collaboration with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and the program Advisory Committee (AC).


  • U.S.-based applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S. who have a working knowledge of the Japanese language.
  • Japan-based applicants must be Japanese nationals who are able to contribute to discussions in English.
  • Participants should be interested in working together with other scholars and practitioners to resolve global challenges; their research should fall within the following 3 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.
  • Scholars must demonstrate professional interest in Japan, and be at advanced assistant or early associate professor levels.
  • Policy professionals should have a Master's degree and at least five years of Japan experience and must demonstrate strong engagement with Japan and work experience in policy-relevant fields.
  • Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.


  • Participants must be fully dedicated to the two-year program and able to participate in all scheduled meetings.
  • Participants are required to produce op-ed pieces and commentary/blog posts on important policy issues related to one or more of the aforementioned thematic areas as well as be featured in an organizer-produced podcast.
  • The program will cover the costs of travel, accommodations, and meals associated with participation in program meetings and study trips.

Program Meetings

  • A two-day workshop in Washington, D.C. (September 2022)
  • A two-day retreat in Montana (October 2022)
  • A week-long series of meetings in Washington, D.C. (January 2023)
  • A week-long Japan study trip (June 2023)
  • Public symposium and current issues panel discussions in Washington D.C. (June 2024)

Application Process

Applications are now being accepted. Please refer to the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation page for further information on the program and the application process.

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