Apply for AYF Fellowship Program

Deadline Date: May 31, 2024

Donor Name: Awaji Youth Federation

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

Apply for the AYF Fellowship, a 9-month live-in working program on Awaji Island, Japan at the home of the Awaji Youth Federation, Manabi no Sato.

It provides selected Fellows with the opportunity to challenge themselves and hone their individual skills in a multicultural environment that reflects both the needs of the Japanese workplace and the opportunities that come with a flexibly structured and stimulating `learning by doing` structure.

Guided by the philosophy of `Turning your Imagination into Action`, AYF works under the umbrella of the Pasona Group towards sustainable business solutions for society`s problems. AYF Fellows have a special chance to bring a unique global perspective to a highly localized regional community on Awaji Island in Japan.


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

Graduation Pathways

  • The AYF Fellowship provides participants with a unique opportunity to test their skills, interests and move out of their comfort zone. From the perspective of a new country, new culture and surrounded by AYF Fellows from all around the world, Fellows have an opportunity to take time out and rediscover themselves.
  • For those interested in developing a lasting connection with Japan, AYF is the perfect vehicle for the development of insight, experience and most importantly language skills that are a pre-requisite to any further career either on Awaji Island or elsewhere in Japan.
  • AYF Fellows who successfully showcase their skills and contribution to the development of Awaji Island in line with the vision and corporate direction of the Pasona Group will be offered a chance to stay on Awaji Island after the Fellowship to keep working on new initiatives.
  • Regular career counselling sessions will be included as part of the AYF Fellowship program to assist Fellows in articulating their goals and taking proactive steps to achieving them.

Salary and Benefits

  • Monthly Salary (Base salary + Overtime): JPY 197,000
  • Government Taxes, Pension and Insurance fees will be deducted
  • Japanese class fees will be deducted
  • Accommodation & Utilities included
  • 5 days a week of working & learning
  • 10 days of paid leave available six months into the Fellowship
  • Individual room in either Japanese or Western style
  • Utility costs such as electricity and Wi-Fi are included

Ideal Candidate

  • Your Profile
    • Experience: You’ve got 2-3 years of experience in one of our Fellowship focus areas. You thrive in startup environments and fast-paced settings, and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.
    • Age: In principle, you’re between 24-30 years old and ready to dive into this exciting opportunity. Individuals are assessed on merit, however they do not consider that the Fellowship is an appropriate opportunity for people aged 35 and above or. Those with significant family and marital commitments should inform the Secretariat upon applying.
    • Education: You hold a Bachelor’s degree or above as a legal requirement for the working visa, and showcasing your commitment to continuous learning and growth.
    • Language Skills: You’re fluent in English (TOEIC 800 or equivalent), and if you’ve got a handle on Japanese (JLPT N1-N3), that’s a huge plus!
  • Soft Skills that Shine
    • Hard Work and Discipline: You’re not afraid to roll up your sleeves and put in the effort to make things happen. Your discipline keeps you focused on achieving your goals.
    • Empathy and Care: You understand the importance of caring for others and believe in the power of collaboration and support within a team.
    • Flexibility and Perseverance: You adapt to new challenges with ease and keep pushing forward, no matter what obstacles come your way.
    • Action-Oriented: You’re not just full of great ideas—you have the drive and determination to turn those ideas into reality.

For more information, visit Awaji Youth Federation.

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