Jul 10

Fellowship Opportunity: Mike Mansfield Fellow – Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (Japan)

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Job Title: Mike Mansfield Fellow
Posted by:
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Contract: Full-Time

Thanks to Stephanie Sanders (Akita-ken) for the following fellowship program that is open to all U.S. federal government employees, which she manages:


The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is now recruiting for the 24th Class of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

Applications due October 31, 2018

This program provides up to ten federal employees with one year of professional development and networking opportunities in Japan. It 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 seven weeks of language training in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of professional assignments in the Government of Japan. During the one-year program, Fellows will develop an in-depth understanding of Japan’s government and its policy-making process and create networks of contacts with their counterparts in the Japanese government, business, professional, and academic communities.

These placements give Fellows unparalleled access and opportunities to learn about Japan and its government from the inside through working side-by-side with their Japanese counterparts, participating in office activities, meetings, and business travel.

Fellows may also take advantage of opportunities to work in the offices of Japanese National Diet members, non-governmental organizations, and private companies later in the Fellowship year.  These experiences – as well as additional language training, supplemental education programs, and study tours – build the Fellows’ skills, expertise and contacts and facilitate their agencies’ work on Japan-related issues when they return to service in the U.S. federal government.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to U.S. federal government employees with a professional interest in Japan. Successful candidates will join a diverse pool of Mansfield Fellows who currently serve in senior positions with the U.S. government.

Fellowship Components

The one-year Fellowship Program consists of two components:

  • Seven-week homestay and language training program in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Ten months of placements in the government of Japan and other organizations

During the program, Fellows are offered living allowances and other educational support benefits


  • Fellows must be federal employees with at least two consecutive years of federal government service by, and immediately preceding, July 1, 2019
  • Fellows must obtain the authorization of an agency official before applying
  • Fellows from the executive branch of government (Agency-funded) must be detailed by their home agency to the Foundation for the full duration of the fellowship year from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Fellows from the legislative and judicial branches participate as non-detailees (Program-funded).
  • 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

Please visit the Mansfield Fellows webpage to find out more about the Fellowship, application and selection procedures. Applications are due on October 31, 2018.

If interested, please feel free to contact Stephanie Sanders at (202) 347-1994 or ssanders@mansfieldfdn.org

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