28 August, 2023 5:34 PM

Apply Today! ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Japan 2023 is Finally Open for Applications!

Calling young leaders from ASEAN and Japan to apply for ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Japan 2023!




(AFMAM Plus Japan 2023) 

“Theme: Advancing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific through ASEAN-Japan Joint Cooperation” 

Application Deadline: 24 September 2023, 23.59 (GMT+7) 

Submit Applications through: https://form.jotform.com/ASEANFoundation/AFMAMPlusJapan 

Send Inquiries to: [email protected] 


The ASEAN Foundation is the people’s arm of ASEAN and is mandated by the ASEAN Charter to support the Secretary-General of ASEAN in supporting the ASEAN Community building process. The ASEAN Foundation inaugurated the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting (or AFMAM) in 2015, held in conjunction with the 27th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then, the ASEAN Foundation has implemented the programme annually (2016-2019) in ASEAN Chair countries. However, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 6th and 7th AFMAM were organised virtually. 

In celebration of the momentous 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN-Japan Center proudly present the highly anticipated ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting Plus Japan 2023 (AFMAM Plus Japan 2023) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ASEAN Foundation is organising its special edition of the ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting plus Japan 2023 (AFMAM + Japan 2023) to coincide with the ASEAN – Japan 50 Years Anniversary.  

The AFMAM Plus Japan 2023 promises an authentic experience to understand ASEAN. With aims of advancing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific and enhancing ASEAN diplomacy within the ASEAN and Japan, the programme will provide participants with an invaluable education experience with vast improvements in decision-making skills and knowledge on ASEAN and Japan affairs.   

It is an interactive process where YOU, the students, will role-play a senior official of an ASEAN meeting and simulate how an ASEAN senior official engages in various ASEAN meetings. You will understand how ASEAN as an inter-governmental system works and will learn about the decision-making process to understand how regional agreements and cooperation are cultivated. It will be an interesting and enjoyable experience! 

Take a snapshot peek of the previous events in 2015, 2016, 2017,2018, 2019, and 2020 ! 

When and where? 

The AFMAM Plus Japan 2023 will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on-site on the week of 6 – 9 November 2023 in the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia with the following details as follows: 

28 August – 24 September 2023 

Call for applications 

24 September 2023 

Deadline for application submission 

24 September – 3 October 2023 

Applications assessment and selection 

28 September – 3 October 2023 

Online interview for shortlisted applicants 

7 October 2023 

Delegates announcement 

  1. 14 October 2023, 09:00 – 13:00 (GMT+7) 
  2. 15 October 2023, 09:00 – 11:00 (GMT+7) 
  3. 21 October 2023, 09:00 – 13:00 (GMT+7) 
  4. 22 October 2023, 09:00 – 13:00 (GMT+7) 

Pre-conference online training 

22 October 2023 

Submission of the position paper 

5 November 2023 


6 November 2023 

On-site coaching workshop 

7 – 9 November 2023 

Simulation of ASEAN Meeting 

9 November 2023 

Site visit 

10 November 2023 


*Tentative dates 



The following qualifications are eligible to apply: 

  • Enrolled as a student of tertiary education institution taking diploma or undergraduate studies (or equivalent level) from any disciplines at education institutions in the ASEAN Member States and Japan when the programme takes place. 
  • Between 18 and 25 years of age when the programme takes place. 
  • English proficient, verbal and written. 
  • Ability to actively participate in the full duration of the programme, including the pre-conference online training (see the AFMAM Plus Japan timeline above). 

Below are the required documents you need to prepare before applying: 

  • Personal data. 
  • Full face photo in soft copy (please ensure your file is in JPG or JPEG format and does not exceed 500 KBs). 
  • Letter of Recommendation from respective department/faculty/university/education institution for each person (please ensure that your file is in PDF format and does not exceed 500 KBs). This is written in free format on letterhead paper signed by authorised official of your institution verifying: Name, department, faculty, and the current semester you are at. 
  • List of 5 (five) most noteworthy your personal achievements (please share not more than 5 achievements briefly and concisely, do not write a CV). 
  • An individual essay that addresses the following questions in no more than 800 words: 
    • What does ASEAN mean to you? How do you think youth meaningfully engage with the region's development and create impact?
    • How can we move forward with the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation: Golden Partnership, Golden Opportunities?
    • What is one important ASEAN regional issue that needs to be addressed at the ASEAN-Japan level? What are some solutions that you would propose to resolve this issue?

IMPORTANT: Please rename every document using the format: Country (ISO 3-Digit Alphabetic Codes)-Full Name (as listed on Passport)-Document Name (e.g., IDN-Fidia-Passport). Before completing the form, firstly put all your files (be mindful of the required specifications!) in one folder for easy access.  

What will I get? 

  • The programme will be fully funded by the organisers. Includes round trip from city of the country of origin to Jakarta, Indonesia, accommodation and meals. 
  • Enables you to understand ASEAN diplomacy and how decision-makers of the ASEAN Member States address regional issues by involving in the authentic simulation exercises.  
  • Provides you an opportunity to improve essential skills and knowledge, particularly on global awareness, cross-cultural skills, critical and inventive thinking, negotiation, public speaking, consensus-building as well as leadership.  
  • An exciting and unforgettable lifetime experience with us and your peers from other ASEAN Member States and Japan. 
  • A network of young leaders from across the ASEAN region and Japan. 

I want to apply, how? 

Register HERE (for ASEAN Students). Deadline: 24 September 2023, 23.59 (GMT+7). Incomplete completion of the form will not be further processed for shortlisting. Don’t let go of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming a cadre of future young leaders! 

For inquiries, please contact [email protected] 


*****Only successful applicants will be notified**** 



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