Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship

With generous support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the Pacific Forum has established the SPF Fellowship Program to nurture the next generation of specialists who will be committed to broadening and strengthening the US-Japan alliance.

The SPF Resident Fellowship is Not Currently Active.
 
In 2010, Pacific Forum and the Tokyo-based Sasakawa Peace Foundation established the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) Fellowship Program to nurture the next generation of leaders from Japan and the United States who are committed to broadening and strengthening the two countries’ alliance.

For more than 60 years, the US-Japan alliance has been essential to the security of both the United States and Japan, and the larger Indo-Pacific region. While the alliance has made important progress in recent years, this vital bilateral relationship continues to face serious obstacles. To address new and evolving security challenges, it is imperative that leaders in both countries, from all fields, find concrete ways to strengthen and deepen our cooperation.

The SPF Fellowship is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in the US and Japan on innovative bilateral security initiatives. By bringing fresh voices and perspectives to the table, Pacific Forum and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation are seeking to energize the alliance for the years ahead.  Emerging and established experts under the age of 40 from all sectors are invited to apply.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Master’s degree with relevant work experience or Ph.D
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Expertise in a security-related field
  • Late 20s to 30s
  • Hold either US or Japan citizenship

While we welcome candidates who have backgrounds in international relations, foreign policy, and defense and security studies, we also encourage those who come from outside these sectors to apply.

Resident Fellowship
Each year, a committee of recognized US-Japan experts selects one Japanese and one US citizen from a highly competitive applicant pool to hold a residential SPF Fellowship at Pacific Forum’s office in Honolulu. Resident SPF Fellows conduct a self-directed research project on an issue that relates to either existing or potential US-Japan cooperation. The article will then be published in a refereed journal or Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights monograph series. The US Fellow will spend up to six weeks in Tokyo and the Japanese fellow will spend up to six weeks in Washington, D.C. to conduct interviews and research necessary for their research project.

Resident Fellows are active participants in Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program and will have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences and dialogues throughout the region under the program’s auspices. The fellowship is full time (35 hours per week) for six months and Fellows will live and work in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Pacific Forum will provide a stipend of $3,000 per month, health insurance, and roundtrip airfare to Honolulu.

  • Application form (Download Here)
  • A cover letter detailing interests, how the SPF Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development, and what the applicant expects to gain from the opportunity
  • Research topic, explanation of its significance, outline and timeline including completion date, and target publication; this would also include details of the “study trip” to Tokyo or DC
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Brief bio (maximum 200 words)

Nonresident Fellowship
Pacific Forum and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation also offer nonresident SPF Fellowships, tailored to those whose professional or academic commitments prevent them from committing to six months in Honolulu. Nonresident SPF Fellows will complete a self-directed research project on a topic related to existing or potential US-Japan cooperation under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff or associates.

  • Application form (Download Here)
  • A cover letter detailing interests, how the SPF Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development, and what the applicant expects to gain from the opportunity
  • Research topic, explanation of its significance, outline and timeline including completion date, and target publication
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Brief bio (maximum 200 words)

Applications can be submitted via postal mail or e-mail at:
Attn: Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship Program
Pacific Forum
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1150
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 1-808-599-8690
Email: PacificForum@pacforum.org

For all program inquiries, please contact Ariel Stenek ariel@pacforum.org or +1 (808) 521-6745.