Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2016
Call for Applications
We welcome your interest in applying for the Asia Leadership Fellow Program 2016.
The application deadline is Friday, December 25, 2015.
Before you fill out the Application Form, please make sure that you read the entire packet and that you meet all the terms of eligibility.
What is ALFP?
In 1996, the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation jointly launched the Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP). The ALFP seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds.
During the Program in Japan, the fellows from diverse backgrounds reside in the center of Tokyo and actively engage in group discussions and dialogue with counterparts in Japan from different fields and sectors.
Since the initiation of the Program, over 100 fellows from 17 Asian countries from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds have participated to date.
The ALFP believes that the fellows’ critical voices against the status quo and proposals for alternative solutions will lead to the development of new norms and value-orientations for the future of the region and beyond.
Who Is Eligible for ALFP?
- The ALFP is open to citizens of Northeast-, Southeast- and South-Asian countries and regions, aged 35 to 59, inclusive.
- Applicants must have a good command of English to engage in deep and substantial discussions in English.
- Applicants need to have a solid background in their own professions and have access to a wide audience in their country or region through publications, teaching, media, performance, etc. to disseminate their thoughts and findings.
There is no prescribed set of professions for an ALFP fellow; the professions of past fellows include, but are not limited to, academia, journalism, business, national and local politics, education, administration, the arts, publications, and NGO and non-profit activities.
ALFP seeks public intellectuals who are deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds. More specifically, we are looking for those individuals who:
- Have demonstrated a certain degree of achievement in their profession and have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability.
- Are willing to go beyond their discipline or field of specialty and to engage in constructive discussions with other fellows who have diverse specialties and cultural backgrounds.
- Are able to accept different ways of thinking, think tolerantly and alternatively about cultural values, and are willing to develop new social norms and value-orientations in order to build an equitable civil society in the region.
- Have concrete means of dissemination/communication to bring about social and/or intellectual impact in one’s community/country/region/world, in order to solve the problems facing global society today, from the broader perspective for the common public good and humanitarian causes.
- Have a good command of English that will enable one to communicate and engage in deep/substantial discussions in English.
ALFP is NOT intended for:
- “Leadership Development” training for students and young professionals
- Japanese Studies
- Supporting individual research projects of any kind
Terms & Conditions
The Program will provide each fellow with the following:
- Round-trip airfare between Tokyo and the city where the fellow is based
- A daily allowance (to cover accommodations, meals and other incidentals)
- Medical insurance during the Program in Japan
- Other costs related to group activities set by the Program
Fellows must participate in all the program’s activities and make necessary preparations and later dissemination efforts as set by the Program.
Fellows are required to spend the entire program period at the International House of Japan in Tokyo except for the one-week individual activities period in October. Families cannot be accommodated for the duration of the Program.
Fellows are required to submit a final report, reflecting their experience, for publication in the ALFP Program Report.
Although some activities are pre-set for fellows, the Program is still flexible, leaving enough time and space for fellows in designing additional activities after their spending some time together as a group in Japan.
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