Hiroshima Prefecture and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Global Security (“ICAN”), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will hold the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022 (hereafter referred to as “the Academy”). Through this training program, we aim to nurture global leaders who can make concrete contributions towards a more peaceful and secure world.
Join us for this opportunity to meet and learn together with inspiring people from diverse backgrounds around the world!
Background of the program
The first Academy in Summer 2019 was held in-person, with 15 students and young professionals from different regions of the world coming to Hiroshima. In 2020 and 2021, with 31 participants each year, the program consisted of 2 parts; Part 1 as online learning and webinars, and Part 2 planned to be an in-person training in Hiroshima. Part 2 had to be canceled in both years due to the COVID-19 situation, and the Special Program replaced this. Held in March 2022, this featured online testimonies by Hibakusha and a virtual tour of A-bombed remains and the Peace Museum in Hiroshima, enabling participants to see the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons.
Number of participants to date: 77
Countries/Regions of participants: 30
(Algeria, Argentine, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States)
The Academy 2022 is planned to be held in two sessions; ”Online Learning and Webinar Session”, and “Hiroshima Session”. Participants are expected to complete both sessions.
The Academy 2022’s overall theme will be “Nuclear weapons and sustainability”. The grave risks associated with nuclear weapons have become evident today as global concerns on climate and health crises grow. Participants are expected to tackle these problems in seeking a sustainable solution to present security issues through a critical, interactive learning process.
（１）“Online Learning and Webinar Session” 4 days during mid October to the beginning of November
（２）“Hiroshima Session” Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12
Participants: 30 students in college, university, or graduate school and young professionals
(approximately 25 years of age or younger)
- – 15 from nuclear weapon states (NWSs)
- – 15 from non-nuclear weapon states (NNWSs)
- * NWSs are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as defined by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). NNWSs are all countries not NWSs.
- * Among participants, one (1) shall have a connection to Hiroshima Prefecture.
Language: The whole program will be conducted in English.
Tuition fee: Free
Costs associated with programs on “Hiroshima session”: Free
- – Meals and accommodation during the program, and costs associated with the fieldwork (admission fees etc.) will be covered by the organizers.
- – Participants are responsible for covering their travel expenses from/to their home to/from the venue in Hiroshima, visa fees (if applicable), overseas travel insurance fees and other personal expenses associated with their participation.
Scholarships: Several outstanding participants may be supported with a travel scholarship.
- – In principle, the scholarships will be provided to those who would otherwise find it difficult to come to Hiroshima for economic reasons, mainly from economically-disadvantaged countries/regions. Intention to apply for this need-basis travel scholarship will not have any impact on the overall selection process.
- – Participants are encouraged to seek financial support from their school or affiliated organization. The organizers can issue an official supporting letter for these purposes.
1)”Online Learning and Webinar Session”
Through an asynchronous training program (self-paced) and participating in webinars as a synchronous training program (set-pace, at scheduled times), participants will learn about four themes: the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons; the political, legal, and technical aspects of nuclear weapons and global security; civil society in action; and disarmament diplomacy and the role of the United Nations.
During the interactive and engaging webinars, participants will have opportunities to learn from guest educators including atomic bomb survivors, as well as mutual learning among participants themselves.
Platform for webinars: Zoom (TBC)
Participants will have an invaluable opportunity to learn about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons through activities such as directly hearing testimonies of the survivors and visiting the A-bombed remains and peace museum unique to Hiroshima, along with other themes.
This is an in-person training program in Hiroshima. It is even more important, during the grave tension of potential use of nuclear weapons, for participants to come together to learn from Hiroshima and its people.
- Dates: Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12
- Venue: An accommodation and training facility in Hiroshima City
- – Understand the reality of the atomic bombing, such as the inhumanity of nuclear weapons and health effects of radiation, through testimonies of the survivors.
- – Learn about global trends on nuclear weapons and global security, through exchange with professors and researchers of universities, institutions, and so forth.
- – Acquire necessary skills and innovative visions for concretely contributing in the global arena towards realizing a peaceful world.
- – Engage with and learn from UN officials, diplomats, and NGO members.
- – Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons
- – Political, legal, and technical aspects of nuclear weapons and global security
- – Civil society in action
- – Diplomacy for disarmament and security, and the role of the United Nations
# Information Sessions were finished.
Join us for one of the online information sessions to learn more about features of the program, the application process and details of both sessions of the Academy 2022.
7:00-8:30pm Japan Standard Time: JST (UTC+9), Friday, July 1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Oceania, and Pacific)
Click here to register to join the above Online Information Session.
8:00-9:30am JST(UTC+9), Tuesday, July 12 (North and South America, and Pacific)
Click here to register to join the above Online Information Session.
Applicants shall meet all the following requirements:
- Applicants should be considerate and respectful of the diversity of all the people involved in the Academy including nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, religious thoughts, political beliefs and opinions.
- Applicants are strongly requested to have the intention to participate in both sessions.
- Applicants shall be students or young professionals approximately 25 years of age or younger.
- Applicants should have a strong interest in issues related to nuclear weapons and global security, and also be keen to work for global peace, for instance as a UN worker, diplomat, or international NGO worker.
- Applicants should have access to the internet for communication and webinars at the place of their residence.
- Applicants should have the will to remain actively involved in the issues of nuclear weapons and global security after the program by making full use of the knowledge and skills gained in the program, and to be able to disseminate about their experience utilizing social media, etc.
- Applicants should be able to comprehend technical terms and participate in discussions in English.
- Attending all lectures and submitting assignments for “Online Learning and Webinar session” is a prerequisite for participating in “Hiroshima session”.
Application method and deadline
Please access here to fill out the Application Form (Google Forms)
Application Deadline: Friday, August 12
The application consists of two parts:
- Personal Information
- Short Essay (700 words)
- – Applicants are strongly suggested to watch the live-streaming/recording of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony held on August 6. Click here to watch the recording of the Ceremony.
- – The Application Form requests you to submit an essay by uploading it. If you do not have a google account, you will not be able to use the upload function in the Application Form, so please send your essay to email@example.com after filling out the application form online. You can download the Essay Sheet from here.
- – If you reside in a country/ region in which access to any google service is restricted, please download the application form in Microsoft Word format from here, and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
- * To make any changes to information submitted, please promptly contact the office of the Executive Committee as below.
- * The organizer may request applicants to submit an official certificate of English proficiency, if necessary.
- * The personal information will be protected by the organizers and not used for any purpose other than the Academy and promotion of relevant events organized by Hiroshima Prefecture and/or ICAN.
The selection committee will review the applications based on the requirements as above, ensuring diversity in gender, geographical representation, perspectives on the issues that the Academy deals with and other backgrounds.
A phone/Skype interview (in English) may be conducted. If applicable, applicants will be contacted by the organizer to schedule the interview.
- Applicants will be notified of the selection results on Friday September 16.
- Even after the selection has been made, if a successful applicant engages in an inappropriate act, the organizer reserves the right to cancel their participation.
Open Learning Course
The Open Learning Course will be available for anyone interested in learning about nuclear issues and international politics after the sessions. Details will be announced in late 2022.
Schedule (Tentative) *Subject to change.
Announcement: Wednesday, June 1
- 7:00-8:30pm Japan Standard Time:JST (UTC+9), Friday, July 1
- 8:00-9:30am JST(UTC+9), Tuesday, July 12
Application Period: Friday, July 1 – Friday, August 12
Application deadline: Friday, August 12
Selection: Monday, August 15 – Friday, September 9
Notice of acceptance: Friday, September 16
Online Learning and Webinar Session: 4 days during Mid October – the beginning of November
Hiroshima Session: Wednesday, November 9 – Saturday, November 12
Executive Committee of Hiroshima-ICAN Academy
Address: 10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, HiroshimaCity, 730-8511, Japan