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Regular Promotion of Mutual Understanding between Priority Regions and Japan~Exchange Program between Japan and The United States


SPF Fellowship Program

Implementing Agency Pacific Forum CSIS (USA) Year 2/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 14,183,050yen
Project Outline
This project aims to provide inspiration to the policymaking community as it tackles new issues facing Japan and the United States, and aims to discover and foster the development of young and upcoming specialists. For young specialists from both countries in the area of security issues it offers a fellowship and the opportunity to write a research paper.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be carried out during the second year of this three-year project.
  • Selection of fellows for resident fellowship (one person each from the United States and Japan, maximum six months)
    An opportunity will be provided to young specialists (with a doctorate or equivalent post-Master’s degree experience) in US-Japan relations or security issues in the Asia-Pacific region (with a US-Japan focus) to stay at a research institution and engage in studies and research. Support will also be provided for the fellows to attend and expand their networks at policy dialogues and international meetings hosted by the Pacific Forum in the Asia-Pacific region, and for research trips to Japan (for US fellows) or Washington DC (for Japanese fellows), as well as participation in trainings and seminars in Washington, DC.
  • Selection of fellows for non-resident fellowships (total of about 20 individuals annually from the US and Japan)
    Young specialists meeting qualifications described in 1. above will be able to attend meetings on US-Japan-related themes from among the senior-level policy dialogues and international meetings organized in the Asia-Pacific region by the Pacific Forum (held about 12 times per year on average). By observing the proceedings at meetings and having an opportunity to present their findings, the young specialists are expected to learn new skills that in the future will help them engage in a wide-range of discussions and participate in international meetings.
  • Reports
    Papers written by participants in the residency fellowships will be printed and bound.
  • Selection committee
    A committee consisting of three specialists each from the United States and Japan who were selected for the initial year of this project will make the selection for the residency fellowships (committee will be chaired by Ralph A. Cossa, President, Pacific Forum CSIS).
Project Results
In fiscal 2011, Mihoko Matsubara (graduated from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins university, U.S.) and Justin Goldman (graduated from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological university, Singapore) were selected as resident fellows. Both served as “SPF Fellows” for six months.
Furthermore, since 2010 when the program started, 27 young researchers and practitioners have been invited to inter-
national conferences and seminars held by the Pacific Forum as non-resident SPF Fellows.
This year, a non-resident SPF fellow group created two policy recommendation papers, among other achievements.