Call for Applications: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Women’s Trilateral Youth Empowerment Program

The Trilateral Youth Empowerment Program, as part of the Maureen Mansfield Women’s Empowerment Series, aims to build more inclusive democracies in Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and the United States (U.S.). by amplifying youth voices in the policy decision-making process, and empowering young women from these three countries to take a more active role in politics. The program provides a space for college-age women (ages 18-24) to develop their skills and ideas by working with their peers and established experts on current public policy challenges. During the program, participants will also develop intergenerational partnerships through cooperation with their mentors.

Funding for the program is generously provided by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.


  • Applicant identifies as a woman
  • Applicant is 18-24 years old
  • Applicant is a legal resident of the United States, Japan, and/or Republic of Korea
  • Applicant is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Applicant is able to attend virtual workshops and travel to Washington, DC for a weeklong in-person capstone meeting in August 2023
  • Applicant is able to communicate comfortably in English


January 10, 2023 | Deadline to apply
Mid-January 2023 | Semi-Finalists announced
January 30, 2023 | Finalists announced
Late December 2022/Early 2023 | Short virtual interviews with candidates and selection of the Japanese and U.S. program participants
End of January or early February 2023: Virtual Orientation
February 2023 | Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
March 2023 | Virtual Workshop
April 2023 | Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
May 2023 | Virtual Workshop
June 2023 | Virtual Workshop / Virtual Mentor Check-In
July 2023 | Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation
August 2023 | In-Person 5-day Capstone Meeting in DC

How to Apply:

First Round: Please submit all required applications to by January 10, 2023:

1) Application form which asks for the following information: Download an Application Trilateral Youth Empowerment 

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Language Proficiency and Experiences Abroad
  • Topic Interests
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Short Essays

2) One to two recommendation letters (educational and/or professional) in English, Korean, or Japanese

Second Round: The Mansfield Foundation will reach out to applicants separately to request a short video and school transcript.

  • Short Video (prompt will be announced later)
  • Official School Transcript from Undergraduate or Graduate Program

The application deadline is January 10, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Ari Lee at



By Felicia Griffin-Fennell
Felicia Griffin-Fennell Director of the SBS RISE Program & Lecturer in Sociology