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Japan National Parliamentary Fellowships Program

31 August 2016

The Australian National University in association with leading Japanese research institutes, is offering an exciting opportunity for recent graduates and current postgraduate students of Australian universities with a strong interest in Japan and Australia-Japan relations. The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a three month foreign policy- focused research stay in Tokyo, Japan, to commence in mid-February 2017.

The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-Japan relations through the networks which fellowship holders create. For a period of up to three months, from mid-February to mid-May 2017, fellows will assist a Japanese Diet member in developing policy advice and will have the opportunity to attend public policy hearings and briefings. Fellows will also be affiliated with a faculty mentor at one of the Australian National University's partner universities in Tokyo, pertinent to their primary foreign policy research interest, and will attend relevant events offered through leading Japanese research institutes partnered with ANU in Tokyo.


To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen;
  • Be a graduate of, or enrolled in a postgraduate program at, a Go8 university, and in excellent academic standing (A-levels, graduated with distinction) by the time of the fellowship;
  • Have a strong interest and demonstrated previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis Japan, or in Japan’s economic policy or security affairs;
  • Hold an Australian passport that has at least six months validity when the fellowship commences; and
  • Have English fluency and advanced Japanese language skills.

To apply

Selection for NPFP is highly competitive. To apply for the Japan fellowship, candidates are required to submit:

  • An application form, including statement of purpose and proposed research topic;
  • Current resume;
  • Most recent academic transcript; and
  • Contact details for two references, with at least one of them being academic.

Selection will be based upon the following criteria

  • Academic history and performance
  • Relevance and importance of proposed research topic
  • Previous academic or professional experience in Japan
  • Background in international relations or policy studies
  • Personal motivation; involvement in university and community activities

All applications are to be submitted electronically as a single Adobe Acrobat PDF file (including application form and attachments), in an email addressed to crawford.fellowships@anu.edu.au.

Applications must be received by 5:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, on Friday 30 September 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at ANU and successful candidates will be notified by Wednesday 12 October.

Visit the National Parliamentary Fellowships Program website for more information and to download an application form.


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