Applications for Ship for World Youth Program ~MEIJI 150th~ – NOW OPEN

About Ship for World Youth Program

The “Iwakura Mission” was dispatched from Japan so that they could learn the processes of modernization and development from other countries during the Meiji period. This year marks the 150th commemorative year of the Meiji Era (1868 – 1912). On this occasion, it is important for us to apprehend the footsteps and spirit of the people who lived through the Meiji period, recognize what are Japan’s strengths and disseminate these around the world so that Japan can enhance its development.

From a global perspective, it is said that cooperation, coordination, and negotiation skills beyond national borders are essential in various fields, and leaders of the next generation who are capable of leading and guiding such initiatives are required.

From this aspect, the Ship for World Youth Program ~MEIJI 150th~ (hereinafter, “Ship for World Youth program”) will focus on implementing programs where participating youths from various backgrounds will learn about the “Strengths of Japan,” such as advanced technologies and cultures, and disseminate these to the world.

Youth will also gain the abilities to interact with different cultures as well as communication, leadership and management skills through discussions, cultural exchange and workshops that are organized by the participating youths themselves.

This program is aimed at nurturing youth who can show leadership to execute social contribution activities in areas where Japan can show its strength. Furthermore, it aims to establish strong human networks beyond national borders.

 
~The Embassy of Japan in Australia is now accepting applications for the Ship for World Youth Program from Australian citizens only~
 
Program: 15 January 2019 – 1 March 2019
Number of participants from Australia: 11 Participant Youths and 1 National Leader
Eligibility of Participating Youths: Applicants must hold Australian citizenship and be between the ages of 18 – 30 as of 1st of April, 2018 (Born on or after 2 April, 1987 and on or before 1 April, 2000)
Eligibility of National Leader: Applicnts must hold Australian citizenship, must have a previous experience as a participant of the program and preferably be in their thirties
Participating countries: Australia, Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Solomon Islands, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Japan.

Cost to participate

The Cabinet Office will cover the following:
  • Return airfares to and from the nearest international airport in Australia to Japan
  • Transportation in Japan
  • Accommodation and homestay costs in Japan
  • All meals in Japan and on-board

Participants are expected to bear the following costs:
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Excess luggage (if any)
  • Transportation to and from the nearest international airport to their home in Australia
  • Travel, accommodation and meals to attend the national workshop in Canberra (Date TBA)
  • Uniforms, souvenirs/gifts and other necessary expenses to be a part of Australian delegation

Pre-departure Preparation

Participants are required to attend the national workshop in Canberra (date TBA). Participants must be proactive in group discussions in preparing for the national presentation as well as in fundraising efforts and other activities deemed necessary by the National Leader.

Required Documents

Please click on the links below to download the application documents:
  1. Application Guidelines
  2. Application Form
  3. Short Answer Questions

Application Procedure for Australian citizens

The following documents must be submitted to Both cultural-application@cb.mofa.go.jp and info@swyaus.org
  1. Application Form (typed)
  2. Scan copy of Passport, Birth Certificate or certificate of Australian Citizenship
  3. Response to short answer questions
  4. Letter of recommendation from a university, work supervisor or community organisation

*Please specify in the subject line of your email which category you are applying for and which state you are applying from.
E.g. SUBJECT: PA Application (ACT) or NL Application (NSW)



National Leader (1 position)

Application Deadline: 5PM AEST Wednesday 25 July 2018

Application Timeline:
  • 1st Round - Document screening (applicants will be notified of their results by email by Friday 10 August 2018)
  • 2nd Round – Phone interviews will be conducted between 13-17 August 2018 (applicants will be notified of their domestic screening results by email by Friday 24 August 2018)
  • 3rd Round – Final selection results will be released in mid- September 2018

*Please note due to the sheer number of applications, we are not able to provide individual feedback.


Participating Youths (11 positions)

Application Deadline: 5PM AEST Wednesday 1 August 2018

Application Timeline:
  • 1st Round - Document screening (only successful applicants will be notified of their results by email by Friday 31 August 2018)
  • 2nd Round – Phone interviews will be conducted between 3-6 September 2018 (applicants will be notified of their domestic screening results by email by Wednesday 12 September 2018)
  • 3rd Round – Final selection results will be released in mid-October 2018

*Please note due to the sheer number of applications, we are not able to provide individual feedback.


Enquiries to Scholarship Advisor 
Email: cultural-application@cb.mofa.go.jp
Phone: (02) 6273 3244

*Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your application.