The Sasakawa USA In-Depth Alumni Research Trip will provide the selected alumni with an opportunity to return to Japan for a deeper understanding of common challenges in the U.S.-Japan relationship. The participant will decide the research topic in consultation with Sasakawa USA and build their own itinerary (up to two weeks) to conduct independent research and interviews on the selected topic. Upon completion of the trip, the participant is required to submit a policy paper based on their research and findings to be featured in Sasakawa USA’s online publications and will have the opportunity to present their findings to the DC policy community at an event hosted by Sasakawa USA.
Research Topic & Requirements
The participant will conduct research in Japan on a policy issue of their choosing within the realm of U.S.-Japan relations. Prior to the trip, the participant will schedule their own meetings and interviews in Japan. Following the completion of the trip, the selected participant is required to submit a policy paper of at least 2,500 words (4-5 pages) to summarize their findings and recommendations, which will be featured in Sasakawa USA’s online publications. This paper is due no later than two months after returning from the trip. The participant will also have an opportunity to present their findings to the DC policy community at an event hosted by Sasakawa USA.
The participant will travel to Japan in January or February of 2021, or by late February 2022 if the COVID-19 pandemic makes travel unsafe. Specific dates of travel will be determined in consultation with Sasakawa USA. Prior to the trip, the participant must submit their draft itinerary and a budget plan to Sasakawa USA. They will be responsible for scheduling their own meetings and appointments. However, Sasakawa USA may be able to assist with introductions in Japan for possible meetings.
Sasakawa USA will cover the participant’s travel expenses up to $8,000. The amount should cover all costs including round-trip airfare between your home city and Japan, hotel accommodations (up to two weeks), airport bus and local transportation, meals, and interpretation fees. Details of the conditions for payment will be provided upon selection.
Final Publication Deadline
The paper outline/draft is due no later than one month after your return date. The final draft should be ready for submission two months after your return date.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Be a previous participant in a Sasakawa USA sponsored delegation or program.
- Demonstrate a serious interest in acquiring additional knowledge of U.S.-Japan relations.
- Demonstrate the ability to write a high-quality research paper that is at least 2,500 words.
- Willingness and ability to plan, make appointments, and travel on the trip independently.
- Ability to complete travel by late February 2021, as able due to COVID-19. If travel is not possible due to COVID-19 then ability to complete travel by late February 2022, pending available Sasakawa USA funding.
How to Apply
Applications are currently closed. Interested candidates must submit all application materials by midnight, 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, September 28, 2020 via the online application. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore final candidates could be selected prior to the September 28 deadline. Therefore, we highly encourage applicants to apply early.
A completed online application package includes:
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Cover letter explaining interest and qualifications
- A writing sample
- 1000 word or 1-2-page concept paper on the focus topic(s) and questions to be addressed
- List of possible meeting partners necessary to your research topic
- Explanation of any assistance you anticipate needing to develop meetings
- List of proposed locations relevant to your research topic