Fellowships for APSIA Students

APSIA co-sponsors the following programs which are open to students of any member school.


The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations

Established in 1977 in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Congressional staffer and victim of international terrorism while on official duty, the Program has hosted over 200 Fellows to date.  Run in association with APSIA, the Rosenthal Fellowship receives support from a number of individual donors as well as the Robertson Foundation for Government, the Rotary Foundation and, previously, from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.  Fellows are current graduate students in international affairs nominated by their schools and are both US citizens and foreign nationals.  Former Senator and Vice President, Fritz Mondale, serves as honorary chairman of the Fellowship.

The Rosenthal Fellowship provides graduate students in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington, DC working on foreign affairs issues at a U.S. federal government agency or department .  Click to learn more about the fellowship and application process. 



The Japan Travel Fellowship for U.S. Future Leaders

Japan Fellowship


Note: This program is on hiatus for 2015 as the Japan Foundation conducts a review of all their fellowship programs.

In order to promote collaboration between Japan and the United States, a sustained firm basis for dialogue and exchange between the citizens of the two countries is essential.

To address these aspirations, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), in collaboration with APSIA, implemented the Japan Travel Program for U.S. Future Leaders. The goal of this program is to foster a new generation of future leaders in the United States who are interested in achieving a greater understanding of Japan and its roles in global affairs by engaging with experts in the academic, governmental, and non-profit world in Japan.

Join graduate students from across the United States on a ten day study-tour through Japan, with site visits to Tokyo, Sendai, Hiroshima, and Osaka. Achieve a greater understanding of Japan and its roles in global affairs by engaging in dialogue with academic experts, national and local level policymakers, and leaders in the NGO/NPO community.

First-year graduate students who are or have been engaged in Japan studies – as well as those who have not had previous experience with Japan, but demonstrate a serious interest in engaging with the country in the future – are encouraged to apply.

Features of the Program:

The itinerary enables participants to acquire first-hand knowledge of Japan and incorporate this knowledge into their studies and future careers. The program may include, but is not limited, to:

  • Meeting experts in the fields of politics, economics, and civil society;
  • Visiting government ministries, think tanks, policy institutes, businesses, and non-profit organizations;
  • Conducting a self-organized research day in Tokyo in small groups;
  • Enjoying cultural excursions.

After the study-tour, participants write a policy brief incorporating knowledge gained through the program.

CGP provides: round-trip economy airfare between the U.S. and Japan, all in-country (Japan) travel expenses, hotel expenses, and meals. Participants are responsible for costs of ground transportation to and from the airport in the U.S., personal shopping, and other incidentals.

Application Process:

Current first-year graduate students are eligible to apply. Students graduating Spring/Summer are not eligible. The selection process includes nomination by a U.S.-based APSIA member and a final selection process by APSIA and CGP.  Contact your career office for more information.