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Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP)


【What's new】Updated on October, 2020

The digital version of the ALFP brochure "Sharing Asia's Experience for the Future of the World" is now available. By looking back on the ALFP’s activities for the past quarter century and reviewing both the significance and remaining challenges of the program, we hope to lay a foundation for the future development of cultural exchange in Asia.

P.1 Preface
P.2 About ALFP
P.3 A Brief History of ALFP
P.4 Roundtable Talk: Intellectual Exchange in Asia――The History and Significance of the ALFP
P.18 The Thinking of Asian Public Intellectuals Today: Reuniting with the Asia Leadership Fellows
P.27 Fellows' Voices
P.30 List of ALFP Fellows
P.32 Number of ALFP Fellows by Country/Region

The Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) has closed its chapter and we will no longer be accepting applications for the program. For details of the program including fellow profiles, please visit the ALFP official website below.

ALFP official website

About ALFP

The Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) is a joint program of the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan (I-House) launched in 1996 for the purpose of creating a network of public intellectuals deeply rooted in and committed to civil society in Asia. Between 1996 and 2018, the ALFP offered select leaders in Asia, individuals active in a broad range of endeavors extending beyond the parameters of their respective nations, the opportunity to reside for two months in Japan and engage in collaborative activities and dialogue as ALFP fellows. While continuing to deepen their thinking and expand their activities, these fellows have come to form a network connecting civil society in Asia. For over two decades, a total of 139 fellows from 17 Asian countries and regions participated in the program.