Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship in Japan 2024

Scholarship in Art and Humanities , in Health , in Social Science
  • Japan, Japan
  • Apply Before : May 31, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 10310
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Fields of study Marketing, Art and Music, Health and Wellness, Design and Technology
  • Opportunity Type : Partially Funded
  • Duration 9 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

Are you interested in gaining a fellowship opportunity in Japan? If yes, apply today for the Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship Program. The AYF Fellowship is a 9-month live-in program on Awaji Island, Japan, hosted by the Awaji Youth Federation at Manabi no Sato. It offers selected Fellows the chance to develop their skills in a multicultural setting, aligning with Japanese workplace demands and the dynamic ‘learning by doing’ approach.

Following the ethos of ‘Turning your Imagination into Action,’ AYF collaborates with the Pasona Group to address societal challenges with sustainable business solutions. Fellows uniquely contribute a global perspective to the local community on Awaji Island, Japan.

Awaji Youth Federation (AYF) works as an umbrella of the Pasona Group to find sustainable solutions for society’s challenges and crises. AYF Fellows have a golden chance to implement their unique global perspective in a highly localized regional community on Awaji Island in Japan.

AYF has chosen four main themes for Fellowship activities, reflecting its mission:

  • PR and Marketing
  • Art and Music
  • Health and Wellness
  • Design and Technology

Important Dates and Details

Application Deadline: 31 May 2024

Zoom Interviews: Jun-July 2024

Confirmation of Enrolment and Visa: August 2024

Fellowship Start: October 2024

Location: Japan

Host Institution: Pasona Group Inc

Opportunity Type: Paid

Eligible Country: All

Gender: Male/Female

Benefits of Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship

Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship Program is a paid opportunity with the following benefits:

  • Monthly Salary of JPY 197,000, including base salary and overtime
  • Individual room in Japanese or Western style
  • Utility costs, including electricity and Wi-Fi
  • Fellows are responsible for their meals. However, Pasona provides discount meals.
  • Five days a week of working & learning
  • Ten days of paid leave available six months into the Fellowship
  • Opportunity to online study of Japanese language on a discounted fee basis,
  • Accommodation and Utilities are included
  • Government Taxes, Pension, and Insurance fees will be deducted

Note: Fellows should pay their travel costs to and from Japan.

Requirements for Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship

To apply for this AYF Fellowship, fellows should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant should be between the age of 24-30.
  • Graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s Degree.
  • English language proficiency of TOEIC 800 or equivalent for non-native speakers
  • Japanese language skills of JLPT N1-N3
  •  2-3 years of experience in one of our Fellowship focus areas
  • Commitment to solving society’s problems and contributing to AYF projects.
  • Value hard work, discipline, and care for others.
  • Flexible, resilience, and perseverance
  • The ability to translate ideas into concrete action.
  • A track record of activity in the AYF Global Community and its membership is preferable.

AYF Fellowship Projects

The AYF Fellowship, a dynamic internship, will engage participants in supporting, developing, and implementing initiatives to drive outcomes for AYF and the Pasona Group across key areas, including wellness, inbound tourism, and culture.

Efforts will be made to align project assignments with Fellows’ interests and career objectives, fostering synergy and optimizing productivity.

Project areas include:

  • Regional Revitalization: Contributing to specific Pasona Group projects.
  • New Initiatives: Enhancing and executing new AYF Projects.
  • AYF Academy: Providing training and skills development for external organizations.
  • AYF Global: Expanding networks and generating content for the AYF online platform.

How to Apply?

The application procedure for the Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship is entirely online. Please enter the link below to start registering for the AYF Fellowship.


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Frequently Asked Questions: 


 Can I  apply if I am not fluent in Japanese?

Fluency in Japanese is not mandatory but considered an advantage. During the program, you will attend Japanese classes that will help you in your future career path. The fellowship is primarily aimed at developing innovative projects, so even if your Japanese proficiency is not high, we encourage you to apply.

“I am over 30 years old. Am I still eligible?”

The fellowship focuses on attracting young talent from around the World. The current age range is 24-30, but it might recruit fellows slightly above or below that age limit.

Is Visa provided with this program?

Once you are selected for the program, Pasona Group will support your Visa application. You will need to apply at your local Japanese Embassy.

What is the relationship between Pasona and AYF?

AYF is a child company of Pasona Group located on Awaji Island. Pasona Group is a major HR solutions company operating in Japan and internationally. In 2017, AYF and AYF Fellowship were created by Pasona Group to promote revitalization, internationalization, and new projects on Awaji Island.

As part of AYF Fellowship, participants can access great opportunities within Pasona both in terms of connections and in terms of future carreer.

What are the potential career options after completing the AYF Fellowship program?

The program equips you with valuable skills and experiences that can make you a competitive candidate for various career paths. You could consider working in:

  • international development or social impact organizations,
  • pursuing further education in related fields, or
  • building a career in Japan, potentially with the Pasona Group.

I didn’t submit my project proposal within 2 weeks. Can I still upload it?
The fellowship gives each candidate exactly 14 days to upload a project proposal. Failing to do so will result in the automatic cancellation of your application.


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Please find more details about the Awaji Youth Federation Fellowship on the Awaji Youth Federation website.

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