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*Applications Now Open* – Japan Foundation Fellowships jointly organised with Tobunken and Nichibunken.

*Applications Now Open* - Japan Foundation Fellowships, jointly organised with Tobunken and Nichibunken

To promote Japanese Studies overseas, the Japan Foundation has jointly organised two separate Fellowship programs, together with the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia of the University of Tokyo ("Tobunken") and the International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, National Institutes for the Humanities ("Nichibunken").

Each Fellowship provides post-doctoral researchers in the field of Japanese Studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan, while belonging to the corresponding institution.

Fellows will also be expected to gain experience as project facilitators through operation and management work at various meetings or workshops, and to form and expand networks with people involved in international exchange.

For each program, a few (around three) Fellows will be invited to stay continuously in Japan, for a maximum of 24 months. The proposed commencement date for the Fellowship must fall between September 1, 2024 and March 1, 2025.


All of the following criteria must be met:

a. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within six years (regardless of their job status) as of April 1, 2024

b. Applicants must hold nationality or lawful permanent resident status in countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan

c. Applicants must be in good health and proficient in either Japanese or English

Application deadline: Friday 1 December, 2023

Full details, terms and conditions, as well as application guidelines and application forms, can be found on the webpage for each institution.

Click here to view application guidelines and application form for the JF-Nichibunken Fellowship Programme

Click here to view application guidelines and application form for the JF-Tobunken Fellowship Programme

Information about the programme will become available on the Japan Foundation official headquarters website ( from Monday 4 September.

Please note, the two programmes are separate from the Japan Foundation Fellowship Programme, for which applications have not yet opened. If you apply for one of these programmes, you may still apply for the Japan Foundation Fellowship Programme once we start taking applications.

If you have any questions, please email