S&R Foundation supports talented individuals in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. 

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 Important Program Dates

May 21, 2018: – Application Period Opens 

July 9, 2018: - Application Period Closes  at 12:00AM on July 9th Washington, DC Time

July 9-14, 2018: First Round Selections Determined

                               Individuals Selected 

July 15-17, 2018: Second Round Selections - Interviews 

                                Will be conducted in Tokyo - Location TBD 

                                Must be available for interview to be selected for the program

July 18, 2018: Final Round: Participants informed

July 20, 2018: Participants Deadline to Accept

September 1 – September 15, 2018: Program in Washington, DC 

                               Must attend the entire official program. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Student
  • Enrolled at an accredited university (limited to Tokyo University, Keio University, Waseda University, Sophia University)
  • Proficient in English:
    • Sessions will be held in Japanese or English at a very high level
    1. IELTS Score 6.0 or greater
    2. TOEFL score 550 or greater
    3. iBT score 80 or greater
    4. TOEIC score 750 or greater
  • Expected to participate in all program activities
  • Be aware of the demanding schedule. See Example Itinerary above. 
  • Be interested in International Affairs/Development
  • Program has a focus on the U.S.-Japan Relationship, but is not limited to it
  • Be able to act responsibly throughout the duration of the program
    •  Program Staff will not be with participants 24/7 and are not chaperones, but facilitators
  • Be Inquisitive and Proactively Engaged
  • Program requires participants to actively take part in Q&A sessions.
  • You will be required to give a final presentation on your experiences in front of invited guests and program staff
  • Be open to experiences outside of your academic field
  • Program is inter-disciplinary by nature
  • Academic Excellence
  • Acknowledge logdings come "as is," and friendly dogs may be on the premises!!
  • Sign Photo and Video Release Waiver as requested

Selection Process

Participants will be determined by a joint committee of participating University Staff/Professors, Japan National Security Council Staff, and S&R Foundation Staff. They will review all application materials. Top applicants will be selected and proceed to the interview stage. Final candidates will be determined after the interview stage is complete.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicant must meet all eligibility requirements
  • Provide copy of Academic Transcript
  • Provide copy of TOEFL iBT, IELTS, OR TOEIC Scores (only one test required)
  • Resume/CV Answers:  Experience in each section is evaluated as a whole and having experience in each section is NOT REQUIRED for final selection
  • Past living/study abroad experiences
  • Work/Internship Experience
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Other Skills/Certifications (Includes Awards)
  • English Proficiency (determined through Test Scores, English essay and short answer responses, Interview)
  •  Three Short Answer Responses (under 200 words each)
  1.   Choose three to answer from available questions
  • Long Essay (500-750 words)
  1. Describe your motivation for applying to the Kingfisher Program and your future career goals
  2.  How can Kingfisher help your personal development?

Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of, music, dance, and visual arts especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration.

Each winner is awarded a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $15,000. Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony.  

Application Timeline (selection dates are subject to change)

June 4-August 3: Applications open

August-December: Review Process

December: winners are informed

Spring 2019: Washington Award Ceremony in Washington DC


  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicant must be working in music, dance, or visual arts including painting, photography, sculpture or interdisciplinary arts.
  • Applicant may not be enrolled either part-time, full-time, or finishing work in a degree-granting program.
  • Applicant must not have received an advanced level of recognition in his or her artistic discipline.
  • Applicant must include two references from recognized authorities or professionals in the applicant’s discipline. These references will be contacted if applicants reach the top ten.
  • Applications must be received by August 3, 2018. All applications must include the following: 
    • A completed application form.
    • The applicant’s biography, CV and photograph.
    • A sample photograph, recording, or video tape of the applicant’s work.
            (See application for specific requirements.)
    • The name, phone number, and email address of two recognized authorities or professionals in the applicant’s discipline. 
    • The required essay.

S&R Washington Award Committee will not return entry materials nor assume responsibility for material submitted.  Please read T&C and FAQ before applying.