The Mansfield Fellowship Program is looking for a few good federal employees interested in spending some quality time in Japan.
The program, named for the late Sen. Mike Mansfield, D-Mont., who also served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, couples seven weeks of language training with ten months in Japan placed with the government and other organizations. The program is designed for 10 fellows; more information is available here.
Among other requirements, fellows must have two consecutive years of federal service by next July, obtain their agencies’ approval and be willing to spend at least another two years with the government once they get back, presumably putting their fellowship experience to good use. Applications are due by Dec. 2.
So, go for it, or as one might say in Japanese: “Ganbatte!”