Ends on May 24, 2019

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Tokyo Inter-University Kingfisher Global Leadership Program. Before submitting your application, please read through the following information to makes sure you will be available for all important program dates and that you are eligible for this program. 

Important Program Dates: 

(subject to change at discretion of S&R Program Staff)
March 25, 2019: – Application Period Opens 

May 24, 2019: Application Period Closes at 12:00 AM on July 27th Washington, DC Time 

May 29 , 2019: First Round Selections – Applicants informed if they have made it to the interview round

June 8-9, 2019: Second Round Selections - Interviews will be conducted in person. We can accommodate a Skype or Zoom interview, but in person is preferred in Tokyo location TBD. 

Must be available for interview to be selected for the program

June 9, 2019: Final Round: Participants informed 

June 14th, 2019: Participants Deadline to Accept - MUST PROVIDE NECESSARY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BY 12:00AM June 15th (EST) 

There will be an event for selected participants in the evening on  June 14th.

June 15, 2019 – Mandatory 1st Orientation in person in Tokyo morning session from 10:00AM-12:00PM. 

August 31 – September 14, 2019: Program in Washington, DC

Must attend the entire official program 

Number of Participants: Limited to 10 students

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   - session will be held in English as 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 lodgings 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)
  • Provide high-res headshot which will be used in program materials if you are accepted
  • Write a short bio including goals for the program which will be used in program materials if you are accepted
  • 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. In English, please write an essay between 500-750 words to include the following:
  • Your motivation for applying to the Kingfisher Program
  • How Kingfisher would help your personal development.
  • Future career goals.