Mansfield Fellowship Program

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Mansfield Fellowship Program
Program Overview

Fellows_2016_cov_graphicThe Mansfield Fellowship Program—named after Mike Mansfield, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, U.S. Senate majority leader, and U.S. congressman from Montana—is a first-of-its-kind professional development and international exchange program for federal employees.

The one-year program gives Fellows unparalleled access to the Japanese government, and allows them to experience the culture and language in order to become true experts on the country.  Through intensive language studies and professional placements within Japanese government ministries, participants in the program gain an insider's view of this close friend and ally of the United States.  Please click here to see more detailed information in the Mansfield Fellowship Program brochure.

Program Structure

The Mansfield Fellowship Program includes a seven-week homestay and intensive Japanese language program in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of professional placements in Tokyo. During the year in Japan, Fellows will develop Prime_Minister_Shinzo_Abean in-depth understanding of the Government of Japan (GOJ) and its policymaking process. Fellows also establish relationships with their counterparts in GOJ and the business, professional and academic communities.   These relationships are key assets in the Fellows' careers and personal lives for long after graduation from the Fellowship.

The Mansfield Fellowship Program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, with the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, as grantor.  The program receives significant in-kind support from the governments of Japan and Ishikawa Prefecture.
Additional support comes from corporate sponsors and foundations.After completing the program, the Fellows are required to serve at least two additional years in the federal government, where it is anticipated they will continue to work on projects involving Japan issues.

Our Organization

Mike_mansfieldFrom the rolling mountains of Montana, to the busy streets of Tokyo, the Mansfield Foundation is committed to building bridges across the Pacific. The Mansfield Fellowship is our flagship exchange. Since it was established by an act of Congress in 1994, the Fellowship has nurtured a cadre of Japan experts in the U.S. government to support our critical relationship with the country.

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MFP22 Application Deadline is October 31, 2016

Posted by Hana Rudolph
The deadline for applications to participate in the 22nd class of Mike Mansfield Fellows is right around the corner! The application deadline for all application materials to be submitted online is October 31, 2016. This application package must include all supporting materials, such as agency authorization and letters of recommendation, at this time. To begin your application or to continue an existing one, access our ...READ MORE »