2014-2015 IPS Program Awardees

Institution Project Title
Johns Hopkins UniversityBuilding a Vital Foundation in Japanese Studies at the Johns Hopkins University
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignSymposia for Midwest Researchers in Japanese Studies
University of PittsburghGlobalizing Modern Japanese History
Southern Methodist UniversityBuilding Capacity in the Social Sciences of Contemporary Japan in Texas


Grantee Johns Hopkins University
Project TitleBuilding a Vital Foundation in Japanese Studies at the Johns Hopkins University
Grant Period2015/7/1-2018/6/30
Project Cost Total$613,306*
JF Grant Total$271,402*
OutlineThis grant project focuses on the establishment of a tenure-track faculty position in Japanese History. This is accompanied by a graduate student fellowship and a post-doctoral fellowship in Japanese Studies, study abroad and research support, expansion of library holdings, and support for guest speakers. The university’s goal is to build a robust Japanese Studies program by developing a strong concentration of Japan scholars and facilitating collaborative research and graduate/undergraduate training.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of new tenure track Faculty (Japanese History)
Study Abroad and Research Grants
Graduate Student Fellowship in Japanese Studies
Post-doctoral Fellowship in Japanese Studies
Library acquisitions
Grantee University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Project TitleSymposia for Midwest Researchers in Japanese Studies
Grant Period2014/9/1-2017/8/31
Project Cost Total$180,000*
JF Grant Total$90,000*
OutlineThis grant supports The Symposia for Midwest Researchers in Japanese Studies, which aims to enhance the development of Japanese Studies research by faculty at American universities, particularly those located in the Midwest. Symposia will be held five times annually and will enable scholars in the region to meet, discuss ongoing research in a collegial atmosphere, and deepen their connections with the Japanese Studies community.
Projects
Five Seminars per year
Grantee University of Pittsburgh
Project TitleGlobalizing Modern Japanese History
Grant Period2014/7/1-2017/6/30
Project Cost Total$491,908*
JF Grant Total$132,901*
OutlineThis grant supports University of Pittsburgh’s efforts to fund a new graduate program in modern Japanese history. The core of the project is the search and hire of a tenure-track Associate Professor in Modern Japanese History, the development of new library and research materials, a series of conferences, and outreach efforts (such as student scholarships) to broaden the appeal of Japanese Studies.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of tenure-track Associate Professor (Senior Specialist in Modern Japanese History)
Gathering of educational materials which will be made available on project website
Scholarly conferences
Student scholarships
Grantee Southern Methodist University
Project TitleBuilding Capacity in the Social Sciences of Contemporary Japan in Texas
Grant Period2014/7/1-2017/6/30
Project Cost Total$920,328*
JF Grant Total$412,362*
OutlineThis grant supports the hiring of two new tenure-track faculty positions in the social sciences of contemporary Japan (one specializing in the international political economy of Japan and the other in Japan’s sociocultural anthropology). This grant will also support the expansion of the current SMU Sun & Star Conferences – an international academic event that examines U.S.-Japan relations, Japanese politics, and the international affairs of Northeast Asia. SMU will establish a SMU Sun & Star White Paper Series that will publish at least six substantial, policy-oriented reports on Japan and U.S.-Japan relations annually. The final component of the grant project will be the creation of study abroad scholarships and the strengthening of existing relationships with Japanese universities.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of two new tenure-track faculty members (focused in international political economy of Japan and Sociocultural anthropology of Japan)
SMU Sun & Star conference
SMU Sun & Star White Paper Series
Strengthening of relationships with Japanese Schools
Study abroad scholarships
Scholarships for summer programs in Japan


* 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.