2013-2014 IPS Program Awardees

Institution Project Title
Michigan State UniversityTeaching Japanese History and Culture in the Digital Humanities Age
Florida International UniversitySouth Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies housed at Florida International University
University of California-BerkeleyA New Vision for Training the Next Generation of Japan Specialists


Grantee Michigan State University
Project TitleTeaching Japanese History and Culture in the Digital Humanities Age
Grant Period2014/3/1-2018/8/15
Project Cost Total$958,167*
JF Grant Total$442,093*
OutlineThis grant supports the creation of two tenure-track faculty positions (one in modern Japanese history and one in contemporary Japanese literature, linguistics, and language) and professional development for the two new faculty, including support for research travel to Japan and presentations at academic conferences. The grant also supports a Japanese speaker series at MSU and study abroad scholarships for students to Japan.
ProjectsSearch and hire of two tenure-track faculty (history and literature)
Japanese Speaker Series
Japan Study Abroad Scholarships
Grantee Florida International University
Project TitleSouth Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies housed at Florida International University
Grant Period2013/7/15-2017/7/14
Project Cost Total$560,115.57*
JF Grant Total$276,791.45*
OutlineThis grant supports the South Florida Partnership in Japanese Studies (SFPJS), housed at Florida International University, which includes Florida Atlantic University (FAU), the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, and the Florida Delegation of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association. One component of the grant is the establishment of a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Japanese History with an emphasis on the pre-modern period and transnational issues. The new faculty member will expand studies of Japan as part of the Asian Studies Program at FIU. The grant will also support new course infusions at FIA and FAU, pre-modern vernacular library resources, publication support for the Japan Studies Review, an annual study tour to Japan, and research conferences/faculty development workshops for specialist and non-specialist faculty.
ProjectsNew course at FAU
Research conference (Southern Japan Seminar)
Library acquisitions
Study Tour in Japan
Editing for Japan Studies Review
Grantee University of California-Berkeley
Project TitleA New Vision for Training the Next Generation of Japan Specialists
Grant Period2013/8/1-2016/7/31
Project Cost Total$1,587,000*
JF Grant Total$450,000*
OutlineThis grant supports the training of next-generation Japan specialists at the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) at the University of California, Berkeley. Funded components include a pro-seminar on research methods in Japanese studies, field research training trips to Japan, and financial support for graduate students in Japanese studies at Berkeley.
ProjectsFaculty-Graduate Student Field Research Training Trips
Pro-Seminar on Research Methods
Travel Grants
Incoming Student Fellowship
Continuing Student Fellowship


* 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.