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Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme

This program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers in the field of Japanese studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan, with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese studies overseas. Experts in the fields of natural science, medical science, and engineering are excluded.

Those applying for the Japanese Studies Fellowship Programme may not apply for any other Japan Foundation grants.

There are three subcategories as follows.

1. Scholars and Researchers (Long Term) (2 - 12 months)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences, who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience and are conducting research relating to Japan (comparative research included). A named affiliate in Japan is also required at the time of application.

2. Scholars and Researchers (Short-term) (21 - 59 days)

For academics working in the field of Japanese studies, the humanities and the social sciences who need to conduct intensive research in Japan. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application.

3. Doctoral Candidates (4 - 12 months)

For doctoral candidates working in the field of Japanese Studies, the humanities and social sciences who are in the closing stages of their Ph.D. and who need to undertake fieldwork in Japan in order to complete their dissertation/thesis. A named affiliate in Japan is required at the time of application.

Grant Coverage:

  • Discount economy round-trip airfare to Japan
  • Stipend and other allowances

Dates for FY 2022-2023 programme:

  • Applications available: On the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Notification of Results: April 2022
  • Project Duration: Research trips must commence between 1 August 2022 and 15 March 2023

Applicants residing in the UK with UK nationality or permanent residency should apply directly to the London office. Other applicants residing in the UK may apply directly to the Tokyo office as long as their country of origin has diplomatic relations with Japan. US citizens residing in the UK without UK permanent resident status should submit their applications on-line via the website of the Japan Foundation, New York.

For further information, please contact the Assistant Programme Officer or go to the programme list on our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

Grant Recipients 2021-22

Doctoral Candidates

Mr Benjamin White, Bournemouth University -- The Fourth Industrial Revolution - The Functions and Impacts of Copyright and Related Rights on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Short Term

Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay, Durham University -- Depicted Okinawan Women: The Study of Representations of Okinawa Women

Long Term

Dr Erica Baffelli, University of Manchester -- Unpacking the Concept of Minority Religion


Grant Recipients 2020-21

Doctoral Candidates

Ms Guilia Garbagni, University of Cambridge - Use of Japanese Envoys in Foreign Diplomacy

Mr Lok Hang Hui, University College London - Buddhist Alter, Living with Butsudan in Comtemporary Rural Japan

Short Term

Dr Marta Fanasca, University of Manchester – Danso and Gender

Long Term

Prof Hugh Whittaker, University of Oxford – Wealth and Wellbeing – Japan’s Quest for a Supple Economics Model


Grant Programme for Intellectual Exchange Conferences

This Programme will not be available for fiscal year 2022

This programme provides grants to non-profit organisations (e.g. institutions of higher education, research centres, think tanks, NGO/NPOs, cultural organisations) wishing to carry out international intellectual collaborative projects such as international conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops.

The theme of the project must address challenges that concern both Japan and other countries, and participants from Japan must play a significant role in the dialogue.

Some examples of eligible themes include ageing population and low birth rate, environment and energy, the influence of science and technology on society, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, democracy and governance, and the role of culture in diplomacy and international relations.

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances, meeting expenses and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for presenters, lecturers, interpreters, etc.)
  • Other expenses (for venues, equipment, materials, public relations, etc.)

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

UK Grant Recipients 2020-21

University of the Arts, London – Arctic Indigenous FISHSKIN Network Conference

UK-JP Student Conference – UK-Japan Student Conference 2021, Ethics and Technology


Click here to view more past recipients of this programme.

Grant Programme for Japanese Studies Projects

This programme is designed to promote Japanese studies overseas by providing grants to non-profit organisations such as higher education institutions and research institutions that are implementing Japanese Studies activities.

Eligible projects must fall into any of the following four categories:

  • Research or conference on Japan; study or training in Japan; or publication that promotes and contributes to the development of Japanese Studies;
  • Inviting scholars or researchers from Japan or other countries to deliver lectures on Japan;
  • Purchase of books and materials on Japanese studies;
  • Other relevant projects which would further promote and expand the horizon of Japanese studies.

Grant coverage:

Part of the following expenses:

  • Travel expenses (international airfares and other transportation expenses, daily allowances and accommodation fees)
  • Honoraria (for lecturers, collaborators, interpreters, etc.)
  • Meeting expenses
  • Other expenses

Dates for FY 2022-23 programme:

  • Applications available: On the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Notification of Results: April 2022
  • Project Duration: Projects must be implemented and completed during FY 2022-23

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact the Assistant Programme Officer or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.

UK Grant Recipients 2020-21

Arts University Bournemouth – Japanese Photo Library Project


UK Grant Recipients 2018-19

The London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science - a grant towards 'Contemporary Japan Speaker Series'

Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) - a grant towards 'Fashioning Colours: New Perspectives on Japanese Woodblock Prints'

Japan Foundation London Grant Programme (Japanese Studies & Intellectual Exchange) 2021-2022

This programme is designed to provide grant assistance to projects (e.g. lectures, workshops, conferences) in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences that have a significant Japan element, or involve collaboration with Japanese researchers/practitioners.

Projects must take place in the UK to be eligible for support and applications can only be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in the UK.

Priority:

Priority will be given to projects that fall under one or more of the following descriptions:

  1. Projects that will bring together researchers/ practitioners from a variety of disciplines and sectors that are relevant to Japan
  2. Projects organised by, and/or involving core participation by, early career researchers/ practitioners
  3. Projects that will nurture diverse interests in Japan among future generations in the UK

Applications for preliminary project development will be considered as long as such projects include some of the above elements.

Grant coverage:

Only specific items such as travel expenses, honoraria, venue hire, printing/publicity costs etc. which are deemed to be essential in order to carry out the project.

Successful applicants may be granted up to £3000. As successful applicants will not necessarily be granted the full requested amount, applicants are strongly encouraged to secure additional funding from their own organisation and elsewhere.

Application Deadline:

No deadline, but applications must reach our office at least two months before the start of the project.

For further details on this programme please click here or contact the Assistant Programme Officer

Recently this programme has supported the following projects:

2019-20

University of Cardiff:
Japanese Translation Workshop

University of Oxford
Reopening the ‘Opening’ of Japan – An International Conference

University of Wolverhampton
21st Century Perspectives on Kazuo Ishiguro

University of East Anglia
Okinawan Art in its Regional Context: Historical Overview and Contemporary Practice

University of Sheffield
Imagining our Digital Futures: The View from Japan

Programme for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields

This programme provides 2-month and 5-month residential language courses for specialists (researchers, postgraduate students, librarians, museum and art gallery curators, etc.) who need to improve their Japanese for academic or professional purposes. Courses take place at our Japanese-Language Institute in Kansai, Japan. Tuition, accommodation and meals are included in the programme but UK based applicants bear their own return travel expenses to Japan. The programme is open to those who are in a field of Japan-related humanities and social sciences, who are aged under 40, and who have a proficiency in Japanese of level JLPT N4 (level 3 of the old JLPT) or equivalent.

Dates for FY 2022-23 programme:

Course Dates:

  • 2 month course: mid-January 2023 – early March 2023
  • 5 month course: mid-July 2022 – mid-December 2022
  • Applications available: on the programme list on our Tokyo site
  • Application Deadline: 1 December 2021
  • Notification of Results: Late April 2022

For further details on this programme and application forms either contact the Assistant Programme Officer or go to our Tokyo site.

Please contact the Japan Foundation to discuss eligibility before applying.