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Watanabe Democracy Fellowship—Criteria

Fellowship Candidate Criteria



  • Applicants must be Japanese citizens


Candidate Profile

  • Early to midcareer professionals from multiple sectors including government, the arts, media, nonprofits, higher education, and the corporate world

  • Evidence of leadership skills and potential for further growth

  • A demonstrated commitment to the public good

  • Interest in democratic values, cultural understanding, and collaboration across various sectors

  • Have a deep interest in broadening their understanding of the US

  • Position or career path that offers opportunities to have impact and influence on shaping policy, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, promoting civic engagement, forging strategic partnerships, and/or education

  • Attributes and individual qualities that support cross-cultural communication and cooperation

  • Commitment to stay engaged with, and support the growth of, the Watanabe Democracy Fellowship Alumni Network

  • Prerequisites: English proficiency, bachelor’s degree, 5–15 years relevant work experience


Note Regarding Outreach and Recruitment in 2024

For the first year of the Fellowship, JANM will select a pilot group of candidates nominated by partner organizations. Candidates must be nominated by a partner organization to apply for the 2024 program. Based upon feedback and analysis of the pilot year, JANM will work with these partners to design a broader outreach and recruitment process for future years that aligns with the strategic goals of the Watanabe Democracy Fellowship.

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