2019-2020 IPS Program Awardees

Institution Project Title
University of California, Santa BarbaraJapanese Culture En Route: Transnational Currents and Connections in Japanese Performing Traditions
Purdue UniversityHiring Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese
University of UtahJapanese Studies for 21st Century Language Instruction Needs


Grantee University of California, Santa Barbara
Project TitleJapanese Culture En Route: Transnational Currents and Connections in Japanese Performing Traditions
Grant Period08/01/2019 – 07/31/2022
Project Cost Total$712,620*
JF Grant Total$278,223*
OutlineThis project is composed of (1) a new tenure-track assistant professor position in Japanese Studies, (2) three critical intervention labs on Japanese film, music, and theater respectively, and (3) a set of short-term research stipends for graduate students in Japanese Studies. Together, these efforts contribute to a Japanese Studies that fully acknowledges and engages the transnational nature of Japanese cultural production.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of a new faculty member (Japanese Studies, open-discipline)
Graduate Workshop Support
Graduate Scholarships
Grantee Purdue University
Project TitleHiring Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Japanese
Grant Period08/01/2019 – 07/31/2022
Project Cost Total$276,728*
JF Grant Total$137,001*
OutlineThis grant supports the hiring of a tenure-track faculty member in Japanese Studies. The faculty member will offer courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Japanese culture and literature. The long-term goal of this project is to maintain the Purdue University’s program, given the condition where outside funding is necessary to retain faculty lines, and further develop a curriculum that promotes the intercultural skills that students require in today’s world.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of a new faculty member (Japanese literature and culture)
Grantee University of Utah
Project TitleJapanese Studies for 21st Century Language Instruction Needs
Grant Period07/01/2019 – 06/30/2023
Project Cost Total$742,084.30*
JF Grant Total$184,754.15*
OutlineThe goal of this project is to strengthen Japanese Studies at the University of Utah and to train students to become Japanese language and culture instructors. The central component of this grant is the addition of a new faculty position in Japanese Studies, focused on pre-modern Japanese literature and culture. The grant will also provide funding for the expansion of library holdings, new faculty research support, conferences, and graduate student support.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of a new faculty member (pre-modern Japanese literature and culture)
Research Support
Graduate Scholarships
Conference Support
Library Acquisitions

* Project Cost Totals and JF Grant Totals are estimated at the time of The Japan Foundation’s initial award. The actual figures may change throughout the course of the project’s implementation.