Indo-Pacific Cooperation Network

logo of Indo-Pacific Cooperation NetworkThe Japan Foundation (JF) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA, headquartered in Canberra) will build and support the ‘Indo-Pacific Cooperation Network’, a network of next generation professionals focused on ‘Disaster Resilience’ issues in the Indo-Pacific region. Participants will focus on a particular social or policy aspect of the theme, for example, disaster communication, disaster preparedness, passing on the memory of disaster or international disaster response.

Over the course of the yearlong program, participants will be asked to develop their research during a series of tours and meetings across Japan, Australia and the South Pacific to connect with fellow future leaders, and to produce a final publication and/or policy recommendations toward regional cooperation.

During the program, participants will work individually or in small groups to conduct their own research activities and exchange ideas online. The results of each cohort will be disseminated through research papers and public symposiums.

Announcement of Recruitment: Cohort 2 (2024-2025)

Applications for the 2nd cohort are now closed

  • Applicants must be a citizen and resident of Japan, Australia, the Pacific Islands, South East or South Asia, or the United States of America
  • 5-10 years of work or research experience in an area with clear connections to disaster resilience or relevant fields
  • Verbal fluency in English, with strong written English skills
  • Able to commit to one week travel in Japan, Australia and Oceania, plus monthly virtual meetings in between travel
Schedule(tentative) Japan (July 2024) Australia (November 2024)
Fiji or New Zealand (February or March 2025)
Items covered by theProgram Round-trip discount economy class international airfare, domestic transportation,
accommodation, meals, applicable visa fees (if required), and overseas travel insurance.
Application Procedure For more information, please visit AIIA’s website.
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Meet the Fellows

Fifteen fellows from ten countries have been selected as the first cohort (2023-2024) of recipients of the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Network.

Cohort 1 (2023-2024) Activity Report

The first cohort fellows joined the programs in Japan (September 2023), Australia (November 2023), and Fiji/ Tonga (March 2024). They learned about the current status of disasters and disaster prevention efforts in each country. They also visited relevant institutions and held discussions among the fellows to build international collaboration and networks on disaster reduction.

Japan Program(Sendai/Kobe/Yokohama etc.) 13-20 September 2023
Australia Program (Canberra) 11-15 November 2023
Fiji/Tonga Program 10-17 March 2024
Cohort 1 Advisor
Mayumi Sakamoto (Professor, Graduate School of Disaster Governance and Resilience, University of Hyogo)
Japan Program(13-20 September 2023)
  • Photo of the visit to Minamisanriku town(Japan Program)
  • Photo of the discussion by participants (Japan Program)
Australia Program(11-15 November 2023)
  • Photo of the AIIA National Conference 1 (Australia Program)
  • Photo of the AIIA National Conference 2 (Australia Program)
Fiji/Tonga Program(10-17 March 2024)
  • Photo of the program activity 1 (Fiji/Tonga Program)
  • Photo of the program activity 2 (Fiji/Tonga Program)

Media Coverage

Kobe Shimbun September 16, 2023
震災の悲惨さ、備えの大切さ学ぶ インド太平洋地域の若手研究者が視察 神戸・人と防災未来センター|社会|神戸新聞NEXT (
The Sydney Morning Herald October 1, 2023
Japan’s earthquake, tsunami preparedness is expensive - but saves lives (
The Sydney Morning Herald November 14, 2023
Japan should join AUKUS: Taro Aso (
Fiji One News March 14, 2024

AIIA Web Articles

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