Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program “KAKEHASHI Project”

Japan 2019 Overview
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Leadership Institute will select participants for the 2019 CBCF Emerging Leaders: Japan Exchange Program “KAKEHASHI Project” in partnership with the government of Japan. Through this initiative, the CBCF, the Embassy of Japan, and the Japanese International Cultural Center (JICE) aim to increase African-American interest in and exposure to the culture of Japan, thereby expanding opportunities for African Americans in an era of increasing globalization.

The project will take place in and around Tokyo, Japan. The program will include site visits to cultural and historical landmarks, lectures on U.S. – Japan relations, visits to high tech/traditional industries, and an overnight visit with a Japanese family. Prior to departure, participants will take part in orientation activities in Washington, DC followed by a debrief session upon their return.

CBCF is committed to increasing access to opportunities that will develop leadership qualities for our participants. While many students do not have the resources or exposure to participate in international opportunities, CBCF is excited to partner with the Japanese government to expand access to global opportunities for emerging African- American leaders.

This international experience is non-credit bearing.

Program Dates
March 9, 2019 – Friday, March 16, 2019

Eligibility Requirements
•Preference will be given to participants who have exhibited interest in the following academic disciplines as indicated by declared major,
•Participants should identify as Black or African-American.
•Participants should hold a valid (dates of travel) U.S. Passport and be able to provide their passport copy upon application submission.
•Participants must be available for the entire duration of the program. All program participants will depart from and return to Washington, D.C.

Covered Costs
•International travel from Washington, D.C. to Japan
•Costs of housing, meals, and ground transportation in Japan
•Cost of housing in Washington, D.C. during pre-departure and debrief sessions

Other/Non-Covered Costs
•$100 Program Confirmation Fee
•Ground transportation to and from program housing when arriving to Washington, D.C. for program orientation and following post-trip debrief
•Personal expenses, such as souvenirs and non-program meals

How to Apply
The application has two parts: A General Application for everyone applying to a CBCF program and Supplemental Questions specific to the Japan Study program. Students applying for the Japan Study Abroad program must complete both parts. You will see the Supplemental Questions after completing the General Application. The application requires:

  1. Recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph).
  2. Color copy of passport
  3. Responses of no more than 500 words to the short answer essay questions
  4. Copy of transcript uploaded to the application

International/Study Abroad
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a current CBCF fellow or Intern?
  2. Please briefly describe any previous international study or travel. Include location, purpose, duration, and dates abroad.
  3. I understand that I must be available for the entire duration of the program, March 9-16, 2019.
  4. Please list an institution/government organization/corporation you would like to visit while in Japan. Please explain why you would like to visit them.
  5. Languages spoken and level of proficiency.
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