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2022 Hiroshima - ICAN Academy

Welcome to the 2022 Hiroshima - ICAN Academy! ICAN and the Hiroshima Prefecture are very excited to provide what we sincerely hope will be an enriching and inspirational learning experience for you.

Hiroshima Prefecture and ICAN will hold the Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2022. 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 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 cancelled 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. 

Over the years, 77 participants from a total of 30 countries participated in the academy. We are proud to have hosted participants from 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. 

Previous programs: Academy 2019 / Academy 2020 / Academy 2021 / Special Program


2022 Program Overview

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. They will take place between mid- October and the end of November 2022, with exact dates announced in early July 2022. 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 and interactive learning process. 


Mid October to end November * Details to be confirmed by early July after carefully considering the COVID-19 circumstances in Japan and overseas.

  1. “Online Learning and Webinar Session” (4 days during above period)

  2. “Hiroshima Session” (4 consecutive days during above period after “Online Learning and Webinar Session”)


30 students in college, university, or graduate school and young professionals (approximately 25 years of age or younger)

  • 5 from nuclear weapon states (as per NPT: China, France, Russia, UK, USA)

  • 15 from non-nuclear weapon states 

*Among participants, one (1) shall have a connection to Hiroshima Prefecture.


The programme will be conducted in English

Tuition fee


Costs for the Hiroshima Session

The session is free to attend. 

  • 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.


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.

Sessions Overview

  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)

  2. Hiroshima Session

    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. The dates and program format will be confirmed and announced by early July 2022, after carefully considering the COVID-19 circumstances in Japan and overseas.

    Venue: An accommodation and training facility in Hiroshima City


Program Features

  • 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.


Program Themes

  • 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

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. 

  1. 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.

  2. 8:00-9:30am JST(UTC+9), Tuesday, July 12 (North and South America, and Pacific). Click here to register to join.


Application requirements

Applicants shall meet all the following requirements:

  1. 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.

  2. Applicants are strongly requested to have the intention to participate in both sessions.

  3. Applicants shall be students or young professionals approximately 25 years of age or younger. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Applicants should have access to the internet for communication and webinars at the place of their residence.

  6. 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.

  7. Applicants should be able to comprehend technical terms and participate in discussions in English. 

  8. Attending all lectures and submitting assignments for the “Online Learning and Webinar session” is a prerequisite for participating in the “Hiroshima session”


Application method and deadline 

Please access here to fill out the Application Form (Google Forms), starting on July 1st. 

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. The URL for that will be announced here on this webpage, as time comes near August.

    • 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 protected] 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 here and submit it to [email protected] 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.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 12



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. 

  1. Applicants will be notified of the selection results on Friday September 16
  2. 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) 


Wednesday, June 1

Information Sessions

1) 7:30-9:00pm Japan Standard Time:JST (UTC+9), Friday, July 1

2) 8:00-9:30am JST(UTC+9), Tuesday, July 12

Application Period:

 Friday, July 1 – Friday, August 12

Application deadline:

Friday, August 12


Monday, August 15 - Friday, September 9

Notice of acceptance:

Friday, September 16

Webinar & Hiroshima Session:

Mid October - End of November (To be confirmed by early July)



Executive Committee of Hiroshima-ICAN Academy
Tel: +81-82-513-2368
Email: [email protected]
Address: 10-52, Motomachi, Naka-ku, HiroshimaCity, 730-8511, Japan

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  • Florian Eblenkamp
    published this page in Campaign News 2022-06-01 12:19:54 +0200