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Apply for the Atlas Corps TOMODACHI Fellows Program

a year-long, paid fellowship for Japanese professionals in the United States


TOMODACHI, in cooperation with the Atlas Corps, is seeking nonprofit leaders from Japan to apply for a 12-month professional fellowship. Atlas Corps Fellows serve for 12 months in nonprofit organization such as U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, GlobalGiving, Points of Light, UN Foundation, UNICEF, and CARE. Atlas Corps Fellows gain 200 hours of in-person and online leadership training through Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab and by networking with other leaders from around the world. This prestigious Fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses, round-trip travel from Japan to the United States, and health insurance.

Class 13: September 2013

Kunihiro Shimoji, 22, Okinawa, Japan (Host: National Bureau of Asian Research)

Kunihiro has two and a half years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the U.S., England, and Japan. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus in International Relations from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in the U.S. Kunihiro is serving at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He provides substantial assistance to NBR’s Political and Security Affairs (PSA), team on the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief project in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, he is helping the Trade, Energy, and Economic Affairs (TEEA) teams with the Energy Security project on Asia’s Uncertain Liquefied Natural Gas Future. Previously, Kunihiro worked for the National Association of Japan-America Societies, U.S.-Japan Council, and International Student Conferences Inc. Kunihiro enjoys focusing on a variety of topics including humanitarian assistance after disasters as well as the future of energy resources and its accessibility to less-developed international communities. He has a strong passion for education and youth leadership programs and hopes one day to organize programs that will help youth contribute to a variety of social issues that exist in today’s world.

Host: National Bureau of Asian Research

Mari Seto, 26, Tokyo, Japan (Host: GlobalGiving Foundation)

Mari has over two years of experience in non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from Keio University in Tokyo, and a Master's of Arts in International Trade and Investment Policy concentrating in Development Economics from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Her interest in international development began when she experienced first-hand the financial default in Argentina in 2001. Since then, she became interested in development that really works for poverty alleviation. After starting her graduate studies in 2011, she joined GlobalGiving Foundation as a Project Intern. At GlobalGiving Foundation, she successfully led two fundraising campaigns for 16 partnering organizations working for disaster relief in Japan, raising almost $200,000 from 1200 individual donors. In addition, she served as an In-the-Field representative for GlobalGiving Foundation in China. She travelled throughout the country to conduct site evaluations, provide advice on online fundraising to local partners, and recruit potential partners for GlobalGiving. Mari's special areas of interests are social entrepreneurship, crowd funding, and economic empowerment.

Host: GlobalGiving Foundation

Fellow Role at GlobalGiving Foundation
Mari will be serving at the intersection of their nonprofit partnership team and business development teams to help nonprofits that are referred by our corporate donors have a better experience on GlobalGiving. Her responsibilities will include managing communications with corporate-referred nonprofits, providing support for corporate-sponsored donation campaigns like Microsoft's Give for Youth program, and helping nonprofit organizations post projects and write reports.

Moeko Shinohara, 28, Okegawa, Japan (Host: GlobalGiving Foundation)

Moeko has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned two Master's degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University in the U.S. and in Development Economics and International Cooperation from University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy. In the summer of 2013, Moeko worked as a UN intern at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She enhanced the quality of IFAD’s future development projects through assessing the economic and financial analysis of its project design documents. Though this experience, she gained knowledge of some ways of the application of development economics. Her great interest lies in social and economic development including sustainability, inclusive growth, and governance, as well as conflict resolution, having gained substantial theoretical insights in academic trainings. She enjoys Argentine Tango dancing - as it is physically and mentally healthy exercise, and the tango communities elsewhere often reflect the nature of local society in terms of human interaction and values, which enriches her insights on world affairs.

Host: GlobalGiving Foundation

Fellow Role at GlobalGiving Foundation
Moeko will provide support for their In-the-Field program, which trains travelers to visit GlobalGiving partner organizations, conduct simple evaluations, and lead workshops for new organizations. She will be responsible for providing support while these travelers are in the office and abroad, including: setting up workshop registrations, ensuring quality evaluations are occurring, driving band-end system design to enhance tracking, and analyzing the impact of the ITF program.

To Apply:
Complete one of these two options as soon as possible:

  1. Complete the online application or
  2. Email your cover letter and CV in English with Subject line: TOMODACHI

Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Citizen of Japan
  • One-year professional experience including internships
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Committed to return to your home country after the Fellowship

A Letter from Atlas Corps Founder and CEO, Scott Beale

Scott BealeDear TOMODACHI Applicants,

For seven years, Atlas Corps has been developing the world’s best nonprofit leaders. We have built a global network of 164 Fellows and alumni from 54 countries around the world who are driving change in their communities every day. Through our our partnership with the TOMODACHI Initiative, we are engaging rising nonprofit leaders from Japan like you in our award-winning Fellowship and leadership development training program.

As an Atlas Corps TOMODACHI Fellow, you will join a global network of talented nonprofit leaders, and be enrolled in Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab – our 200-hour training program in nonprofit best practices. You will have the opportunity to share and grow your skills through a full-time placement with a leading global nonprofit like CARE, Habitat for Humanity, Points of Light, and GlobalGiving.

This prestigious Fellowship includes health insurance, flight and visa costs, and a living stipend. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain international experience and grow as a nonprofit leader. After this experience you will return to Japan with a prestigious, global network that will enable you to make a difference in Japan.

Change your perspective. Change the world. Apply today.

Scott Beale, Atlas Corps CEO & Founder

Host Organizations

Our U.S. Partners:
American Jewish World Service
AsianAmerican Lead
Center for Inspired Teaching
Civic Enterprises
CORE Group
Free the Slaves
Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Global Citizens Network
Global Fairness Initiative
Global Health Corps
Global Kids
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
HasNa, Inc.
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
International Peace and Security Institute
International Relief and Development
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Management Systems International
National Audubon Society
New York Needs You
One World Youth Project
Operation Smile
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Partners of the Americas
Points of Light Institute
Population Action International (PAI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Peace Corps

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