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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

NPFP Japan


The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a foreign policy-focused research fellowship in Tokyo, Japan expected to commence in January 2020 for a period of up to 3 months. 

The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-Japan relations through the networks that fellows create.  Fellows will be placed in the office of a Japan Diet parliamentarian, and be supported by our partners in Japan, the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), and the group dot-JP. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:
  • be an Australian citizen;
  • have advanced Japanese language skills;
  • be a recent graduate of a postgraduate program (graduated within the last 2 years), or are currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at an Australian university, and in excellent academic standing (A-levels, graduated with distinction) at the time of the fellowship;
  • be under the age of 35 at the time of the fellowship; and 
  • hold an Australian passport that has at least six months validity at the time the fellowship commences.
Selection will be based upon the following criteria:
  • academic history and performance;
  • relevance and importance of proposed research topic;
  • previous academic or professional experience in Japan;
  • demonstrated interest and previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis Japan, or in Japan's economic policy or security affairs;
  • background in international relations or policy study; and
  • personal motivation; involvement in University and community activities.

To Apply

Selection for the program is highly competitive.

To apply for the Japan fellowship, candidates are required to submit an online application which includes:
  • a statement of purpose including the proposed research topic;
  • resume and academic transcripts;
  • contact details for two references, with at least one of them being an academic reference, with permission to contact these references should you reach the interview round; and
  • a consent to disclosure of personal information form, so that we can release your information to relevant partner organisations and the other successful fellow, should one be selected.

Applications must be received by Sunday 29 September 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and successful candidates will be notified no later than 30 September of the outcome of their application. Selected candidates will be asked to confirm their participation by Monday 21 October 2019.  


Successful applicants will be enrolled in a six-unit postgraduate academic course at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship.

As part of your enrolment in this course you will be required to:
  • participate in pre-departure briefings;
  • participate in regular meetings with your research mentor; 
  • attend Australian High Commission functions in Tokyo, as advised;
  • keep a weekly diary record of life in Tokyo and the progress of the research;
  • write an online article about your research topic;
  • submit a formal report on your experience to ANU and JCIE within one month of your return to Australia; and
  • submit a 3,000-word research paper on an agreed upon research topic upon return from the fellowship. 
Further details regarding the academic component and requirements of the course will be provided to successful candidates.  

Indicative assessment

  • Final research paper 60%
  • Formal report 15%
  • Feedback from PKU mentor 15%
  • Online article 10%


The fellowship will cover the cost of an economy round trip airfare between Australia and Japan, private accommodation in Tokyo, and a monthly stipend of AUD 800. All other costs will be covered by the fellow. For non-ANU postgraduate coursework students, fees will be sponsored for enrolment in CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

Feedback From Previous Fellows

Participants in the NPFP program report positive experiences in the following areas:
  • Enhanced networking, mentoring and research proposal development skills
  • Experience of living in-country and performing research first-hand
  • Opportunity to publish papers, present seminars and engage deeply with academic experts in their field
  • Rewarding immersion in fast-paced political environments interacting with a variety of stakeholders
2018 Fellow, Nick Fishlock, shared the following in relation to their experience:

This whole trip has been an astonishingly worthwhile experience. I made a number of new contacts, many of them I would even call friends at this point, that are employed in the kind of work I am to tackle in the future. From very humble beginnings, it was sometimes strange to be thrown into such illustrious company, but the greatest real benefit to my research has been the exchange of views and opinions with such a crowd. It has already led to me getting my first work published in January, and with any luck will lead to a real career in national security and/or politics. More than all else, I’ve prized the opportunity to speak to like minded individuals on issues I care about,  from Japan’s regional security and national political issues to international intelligence reform.


CAP Student Centre
T: +61 6125 3207

Mr Will Zou
Crawford School of Public Policy
T: +61 6125 8247

This program is currently not accepting applications.