Application for 2018 Summer program is available now!

The Junior Fellows Leadership Program brings 10 selected U.S. high school students to Japan to meet with industry leaders, experience daily life with a host family and travel to historical sites. This 3-week culturally immersive program connects Junior Fellows with present leaders and establishes a network of Junior Fellow alumni with a global worldview, forming close bonds between the U.S. and Japan. Open to students nationwide, needs-based scholarships available.

Deadline for application: Friday, February 16, 2018
Program Schedule for U.S. to Japan Trip: July 9–29, 2018

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Junior Fellows Leadership Program Goals

  • Create a junior network of rising student leaders in Japan and the United States.
  • Motivate young American and Japanese leaders to engage in and contribute to furthering U.S.-Japan relations.
  • Raise awareness of important issues relevant to the United States and Japan among next generation leaders in both countries.

The Junior Fellows Program has helped me see my potential and unlock my determination to find my passion.
—Participant from San Francisco, CA

Further Questions

For more information, contact the Education Program at Japan Society at (212) 715-1275/1216 or
The Japan Society Junior Fellows Leadership program is supported by generous grants from an anonymous family foundation, ITO EN (North America) INC., All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., the United States-Japan Foundation, the Jiro Murase Memorial Fund, the Sojitz Foundation, and Ms. Tomoko Hamada-Dougan.


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