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 The NIFS International Sport Academy (NIFISA) was initially launched in 2014.
 The Academy aims to promote research in sports management and sports performance
science in addition to Olympic education. Through the Academy, all participants will
contribute to sport fields, becoming globally-minded individuals and the professionals of the future.
 The 11th NIFISA Seminar will be a 9-day program composed of lectures on Olympic history,
Olympic education, sport and governance, Olympic legacy, sports clubs, sport volunteer, sport
tourism, professional sports, sports events, International development and sports,
 Management of Sports organization, cultural programs, and so on.
 We are planning to accept approximately 15 participants from several countries. We hope the
program will create an opportunity to exchange new ideas about the Olympic Movement and
management research.

Seminar period:  February 27 - March 6, 2020 (subject to change)

Venue:  National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Kagoshima, Japan

Registration starts:  November 7, 2019

Registration deadline:  November 28, 2019

Primary selection results:  Early December 2019 (by e-mail)

Skype interview period:  Mid December 2019

Final selection results:  Late December 2019 (by e-mail)

2.Seminar Opportunities

  • ∙ Gain knowledge about sports management and the Olympic Movement
  • ∙ Communicate with Japanese instructors and students as well as foreign lecturers
  • ∙ Exchange ideas with participants from several countries
  • ∙ Experience Japanese culture and martial arts (kendo, judo)
  • ∙ Participate in a homestay program
  • 3.Candidate Criteria

    • (1) Hold a passionate interest in sports management and the Olympic Movement, and be an up-and-coming leader in a sports profession (e.g., graduate student or higher degree holder, young researcher, top coach, national level athlete, NOC officer, government official)
    • (2) Possess advanced knowledge and skills in sports science
    • (3) Possess English language proficiency (TOEIC 650, TOEFL (iBT) 70, IELT 5.0 or international experience of one year or more in an English-speaking country)
    • (4) Preferably age 22-39 years
    • (5) Individuals who have never participated in the TIAS (Tsukuba International Academy for Sport Studies) Short Program or NIFISA program.

    4.Application Process and Guideline

    First Step: Document screening
    Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

      • (a) Resume with your current photo
      • (b) Proposal within 300 words including your reasons or motivations for wanting to participate
      • (c) A signed Letter of Recommendation from your Regional/National Sports Federation, National Olympic Committee, or from your university
      • * All documents must be in English.
      • * Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
      • * All personal information submitted will be treated in a confidential manner by NIFISA and will be used only for the purpose of selecting participants for the program.

    • Next Step: Skype interview
      • Candidates will participate in a short Skype interview conducted in English with NIFS professors.


    • ・We will cover expenses for:
      • (a)Flights from and to a designated airport in your country of origin (we will send an e-ticket for the flight)
      • (b) Accommodations and breakfast during the seminar
    • ・You will be responsible for the following expenses:
      • (a) Transportation between the airport in your country of origin and your home
      • (b) Lunch and dinner during the seminar
      • (c) All other expenses


    • ∙ All participants are required to attend all sessions.
    • ∙ All participants are expected to give a presentation at the seminar.
    • ∙ All participants are required to provide the following documents:
    • (a) Photocopy of your current passport
    • (b) Participation Agreement
    • (c) Completed questionnaire about dietary, religious, and physical needs

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