In 2013, Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of S&R Foundation and Professor Shotaro Yachi, current national security advisor to Prime Minister Abe, formulated a study abroad program for Japanese undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on International Security and Global Resiliency. This idea came out of a few similar programs S&R Foundation had been involved with including the Kyoto University Global Leadership Program and the International Institute of Global Resiliency Leadership Development Program for Keio University and Kumamoto University with a focus on Emergency Management. In 2015 this program evolved into the current Kingfisher Global Leadership Program, a two-week long U.S. study abroad program for Japanese undergraduate and graduate students implemented by S&R Foundation in partnership with Professor Shotaro Yachi for students of four Tokyo based universities – The University of Tokyo, Keio University, Waseda University and Sophia University.
既にS&R財団が関わっていた京都大学の米国短期留学プログラム「Kingfisher Global Leadership Program with Kyoto University」、慶応大学の「International Institute of Global Resiliency Leadership Development Program for Keio University」、熊本大学の「Kumamoto University with a focus on Emergency Management」などの類似プログラムからヒントを得て誕生したプログラムです。
Empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they need to thrive in an increasingly globalized society.
【Aims of this program/本プログラムの目標】
S&R Foundation’s Kingfisher Global Leadership Program aims to empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they need to affect positive social change through global leadership and social entrepreneurship.
Ten undergraduate or graduate level students come to Washington,
DC for two full weeks to directly meet with leaders and innovators from many prominent international organizations, government organizations, think tanks and non-profits involved in many fields.
【Details of the program/プログラム内容】
The Kingfisher Global Leadership Program is a two-week U.S. study abroad program implemented by S&R Foundation for Japanese undergraduate and graduate students designed to empower the next generation of leaders with the skills and networks they will need to thrive in an increasingly globalized society.
Through a rich series of lectures given by experts in their respective fields, this multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural experience provides participants with opportunities to gain new perspectives directly from leaders at prominent organizations based in Washington, DC such as the World Bank, NASA and the U.S. State Department.
Kingfisher elaborates on S&R’s mission by focusing on intercultural collaboration between the U.S. and Japan, encouraging development of an individual’s personal vision, and acknowledging a basic belief in the power of the individual to make positive societal changes through strong leadership. Kingfisher is generously supported by the United States-Japan Foundation.
*Please note the schedule changes from year to year depending on speaker and organization availability. We also ask potential participants to list organizations they are interested in visiting on their application form.
Almost all costs are covered by S&R Foundation. Please bring money for food on the weekends and for any souvenirs or travel outside of the program.
Largely all meals during the week are covered, flights, accommodations etc. are also covered.
【Important Program Dates】
May 21, 2018: – Application Period Opens
July 27, 2018: – Application Period Closes at 12:00 AM on July 27th Washington, DC Time
July 27 – 28, 2018: First Round Selections Determined Individuals Selected
July 28 – 30, 2018: Second Round Selections – Interviews Will be conducted in Tokyo – Location TBD
Must be available for interview to be selected for the program
July 30, 2018: Final Round: Participants informed
July 31, 2018: Participants Deadline to Accept – MUST PROVIDE NECESSARY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS BY 12:00 AM July 31 (EST)
September 1 – September 15, 2018: Program in Washington, DC
Must attend the entire official program
【Number of Participants】
Limited to 10 students
- 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
- IELTS Score 6.0 or greater
- TOEFL score 550 or greater
- iBT score 80 or greater
- 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
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.
- 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)
- Choose three to answer from available questions
- Long Essay (500-750 words)
- Describe your motivation for applying to the Kingfisher Program and your future career goals
- How can Kingfisher help your personal development?