Asia Leadership Fellow Program, ALFP, 2017

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Asian Leadership Fellow Program

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 120 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.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Round-trip economy 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


December 22, 2016


To be eligible for this fellowship, you must…

  • A citizen of Northeast-, Southeast- and South-Asian countrie and region, aged 35 to 59, inclusive
  • Have a good command of English to engage in deep and substantial discussions in English
  • Have a solid background in your own profession and have access to a wide audience in your country or region through publications, teaching, media, performance, etc. to disseminate your thoughts and findings


To apply for the Asian Leadership Fellow Program, you’re required to note the following:

  1. Application materials listed below must be submitted by post and received by the ALFP Secretariat no later than Thursday, December 22, 2016. All documents should be A4 size. Use only staplers and/or paper clips; do not bind them together with a ring binder or the like.
  • Designated Application Form (pp. 6-7), completed, dated and signed.
  • Curriculum Vitae in English. This must not exceed 5 pages in length.
  • An essay of 500-1000 words in English. In this essay, please include the following elements and make sure that they are related to your experience and expertise:
  • reason for applying for the ALFP;
  • what your participation in the ALFP will help you accomplish for your community, country and/or region;
  • your unique contribution to the Program and to other fellows;
  • your thoughts on the 2017 general theme of the Program: “Seeking Our Commons in Asia: How Can We Create Visions for the Future?“ (See the explanation on page 2 about the theme.)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation, signed and sealed (using the designated form; pp. 8-9), from people familiar with your work who can comment on your professional achievements.
  • Two samples of your recent written works in English, less than 10 pages in length (short essays, newspaper articles, etc.). Written samples that are related to your reason for applying for the ALFP or to the 2017 general theme are preferred.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For more information: Check Fellowship Official Page


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