Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program -- Applications
August 20, 2014 Now Recruiting for the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is now recruiting for the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to build a corps of U.S. federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical, firsthand knowledge about Japan and its government. The Mansfield Fellowship Program includes a seven-week homestay and language training program in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of placements in the Government of Japan and private organizations. During the one-year program, Fellows will develop an in-depth understanding of Japan’s government and its policymaking process and develop networks of contacts with their counterparts in the government of Japan and the business, professional and academic communities. Program Structure • Seven-week homestay and language training program in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan • Ten months of placements in the Government of Japan and other organizations Eligibility • Fellows must be federal government employees with at least two consecutive years of federal government service by, and immediately preceding, July 1, 2015 • Fellows must obtain agency approval before applying • Fellows must be detailed by their home agency to the Foundation from July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 • After completing the program, Fellows are required to serve at least two years in the federal government, where it is anticipated they will continue to work on projects and issues concerning Japan and U.S.-Japan relations Application Process Applications are due on December 1, 2014. Please click here (http://mansfieldfdn.org/program/exchanges/fellowships/applicants/) to find out more about the application and selection procedures. The Foundation will hold information sessions in its Washington, D.C. office (1401 New York Ave NW, Suite 740, Washington, D.C. 20005) at 12:00-1:00 p.m. on the days listed below. We encourage applicants to visit or call in to an info session and visit our website to learn about alumni Fellows in their field.