Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship Program

Sasakawa USA is proud to announce sponsorship of its first Congressional Fellow through the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Congressional fellowship.

Spanning one year, the Sasakawa USA Congressional Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for recipients to serve in a Congressional office and gain hands-on experience in the U.S. legislative process. Beginning in September 2015, the Fellow will participate in a two-month course on Congress and foreign policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. The course will be followed by a month-long orientation in November and assignment as a full-time legislative aide in a Congressional office from December 2015 to August 2016.

Meet our 2015-2016 Congressional Fellow, Mr. Yushi “Alex” Saito, an Associate at the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management in Japan.

Headshot_SaitoAlex was born in Madrid to a Spanish father and Japanese mother. His family lived in Madrid for five years then moved to Osaka, Japan, where Alex attended school. After graduating from Doshisha University in 2008, he started his professional career as an M&A Advisor at Daiwa Securities, then moved to SMBC Nikko, another major Japanese securities firm.

In 2013, he left the investment banking business to enroll in the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management (MIGM). Established in 1979 by Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic Corporation, MIGM’s mission is to help shape the future of Japan, especially in the political field. Since joining MIGM, Alex has conducted several studies and activities on policies aimed at fostering a better Japan. Alex wants to devote himself to improving Japan and hopes to accomplish his goal by serving his country in politics.

The 2016-2017 Congressional Fellowship Application process will begin in April 2016.  Those interested in an application or finding out more about next year’s Fellowship may email Jessy Santana at jsantana@spfusa.org.


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Other Fellowship Opportunities

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship (Pacific Forum CSIS)

Pacific Forum CSIS and the Tokyo-based Sasakawa Peace Foundation established the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) Fellowship Program to nurture the next generation of leaders from Japan and the United States who are committed to broadening and strengthening the two countries’ alliance. Emerging and established experts under the age of 40 from all sectors are invited to apply.

Council on Foreign Relations

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. In cooperation with CFR, the program’s sponsor, Hitachi, Ltd., assists fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Japan.

East-West Center (Washington, DC)

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Japan Foundation New York

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Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)

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JIRCAS, through international collaborative research, one of the schemes of its main activities, aims to provide scientific solutions to the various problems confronting the countries in the developing regions of the world, particularly in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.  In line with this scheme, JIRCAS launched the JIRCAS Visiting Research Fellowship Programin 1992.  Since then, every year, JIRCAS invites promising researchers from research organizations in developing countries to conduct research work under the supervision of JIRCAS researchers.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Invitation Fellowship Programs for Research in Japan, JSPS Summer Program, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Overseas Researchers

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The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

Mike Mansfield Fellowships

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National Association of Japan-America Societies

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National Endowment for the Humanities

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The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan’s international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. The program encourages innovative research that puts these subjects in wider regional and global contexts and is comparative and contemporary in nature. Research should contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public’s understanding of issues of concern to Japan and the United States. Appropriate disciplines for the research include anthropology, economics, geography, history, international relations, linguistics, political science, psychology, public administration, and sociology. Awards usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

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The United Nations

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