Japan Studies Research Fellowship Eligibility and Application

Qualified applicants for the Japan Studies Research Fellowship will:

  • Be an undergraduate, community college, or graduate student with a focus on Japan and policy.
  • Desire to advance U.S. public policy toward Japan through improved expertise and understanding, or to contribute to the field of Japan Studies and/or policy-relevant scholarly research.
  • Be willing to relocate to Seattle for the duration of the fellowship period (June to August), attend the NBR Summer Seminar, and take part in other NBR events, mentorship, and professional development activities.
  • Individuals who identify as a racial or ethnic minority are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Application Requirements

    To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website:

    • A resume or CV (1-2 pages maximum).
    • A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the fellowship, including academic and professional goals (1-2 pages maximum).
    • An independent research proposal outlining a topic, why the topic is critical to U.S. policy in Asia, a timeline for completing the project within the three-month fellowship period, and tentative list of sources/bibliography (5 pages maximum).
    • Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.
    • A letter of recommendation from an academic supervisor or professor sent directly to NBR Senior Project Manager Dylan Plung by April 14, 2024 at [email protected].
    • NBR is an independent, nonpartisan research institution based in Seattle and Washington, D.C. We bring world-class scholarship to bear on the evolving strategic environment in Asia through original, policy-relevant research, and we invest in our future by training the next generation of Asia specialists.

      With power, risk, and opportunity concentrating in Asia, the National Bureau of Asian Research tackles those critical issues that America’s leaders need to understand – because the decisions they make matter and the stakes are high. As the nation’s Asia policy think tank, we envision a future that is free, open, secure, and prosperous for all.


      If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application, please contact [email protected].

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