Grants for Japanese Studies

The Japan Foundation offers several grant programs and fellowship opportunities in order to deepen the understanding of Japan in the United States. These programs support institutions, researchers, and students in the field of Japanese Studies.


1. JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies

This grant aims to support projects that will enhance and deepen the understanding of Japan through academic exploration. Successful proposals generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures.

Grant typePost-paid grant
Proposal deadline Rolling (must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the start date of the project)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
Benefits$5,000


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2. Japanese Studies Fellowship Programs

Our Fellowship programs provide support to outstanding scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan.

Proposal deadline November 1 (annually)
Funding opportunityProjects must be in the humanities, social sciences, and/or comparative research
BenefitsIncludes airfare, insurance, settling-in and departure allowances, monthly stipend,
dependent allowance, enrollment fees (may vary depending on program)


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3. Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program

This program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of the Japanese Studies field in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, and acquisition of library and digital resources.

Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies.
Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Proposal deadline November 1 (annually)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
BenefitsMaximum of $150,000 per year for up to three years
Applicants must be prepared to equally match the grant amount

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4. Institutional Project Support (IPS) – Small Grant Program

This program is designed to: (i) support institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure in the wake of severe budgetary cuts in funding for Japanese Studies in the U.S., (ii) stimulate infrastructural interest in Japanese Studies at small or newer institutions without an established program of Japanese Studies or those that lack the personnel or resources, and (iii) provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Proposal deadline November 1 (annually)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
BenefitsMaximum of $25,000 for up to one year


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5. Case Studies Japan: Research Trip to Japan for Interdisciplinary Scholars and Graduate Students

This initiative offers an opportunity for an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and graduate students at U.S. institutions to travel to Japan and conduct case study field research in the realms of the humanities and social sciences. The goal is to provide participants, especially those who may not be familiar with Japan, with firsthand experiences to gain a deeper understanding of and make connections in Japan that will be useful in their own disciplines after the trip. Researchers who are experts on Japan at U.S. universities, colleges, think tanks or other research organizations are invited to apply for this grant to help fund a short-term study tour.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Proposal deadline Rolling until January 31, 2020
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status
BenefitsMaximum of $50,000 per project


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6. U.S-Southeast Asia-Japan Collaboration and Exchange Initiative

NOTE: Funding for this grant program will end in July 2020. The Japan Foundation is not accepting further applications.


This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions.
This initiative encourages the creation of scholarly networks and sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work.

Grant typePre-paid grant
Proposal deadline November 1 (annually)
Funding opportunityProjects are to be based at U.S. institutions, and may include the invitation of scholars,
collaborative research, seminars or workshops, mutual exchange of Japan scholars
and/or students, and/or other types of collaborative efforts
BenefitsMaximum of $100,000 for up to one year


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Inactive Programs

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