2015-2016 IPS Program Awardees

Institution Project Title
University of IowaThe Past in the Present, the Present in the Past: New Horizons for Japanese Literature and Culture in a Digital World
Northwestern UniversityA New Japanese Studies Program for a New Century
Syracuse UniversityBuilding Japanese Studies at Syracuse University
Wesleyan UniversityRenewing Undergraduate Japanese Studies for the 21st Century


Grantee University of Iowa
Project TitleThe Past in the Present, the Present in the Past: New Horizons for Japanese Literature and Culture in a Digital World
Grant Period2016/7/1-2019/6/30
Project Cost Total$955,579*
JF Grant Total$390,911*
OutlineThis grant supports the establishment of a tenure-track faculty line in Japanese Studies, the sponsoring of Japanese writers to participate in the university’s International Writing Program, the development of library facilities and Japanese resources, hosting visiting artists and scholars, supporting faculty and graduate students perform research on and in Japan, and networking with K-12 educators, area colleges, and members of the community.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of new tenure track Faculty (Japanese Literary and Visual Culture and/or Cultural Studies)
Visiting Japanese Writers invited to the International Writing Program
Library Facility Expansion and materials acquisition
International Conferences
Visiting Japanese Artists and Scholars Series
Travel and Research Support
Grantee Northwestern University
Project TitleA New Japanese Studies Program for a New Century
Grant Period2015/8/1-2019/7/31
Project Cost Total$898,817*
JF Grant Total$222,878*
OutlineThis grant supports Northwestern University’s newly integrated Japanese Studies program, which connects Japanese language study with student and faculty research in Japanese literary and visual culture. Funds support the creation of a new tenure-track position, enhance curriculum development (course development, research trips, internships, etc.), and expand library acquisitions.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of new tenure track Faculty (Japanese Media and Performance Cultures)
Curriculum Expansion (new courses, summer research trips in Japan, faculty development, internship development with Japanese public and private organizations)
Library Acquisitions
Grantee Syracuse University
Project TitleBuilding Japanese Studies at Syracuse University
Grant Period2015/8/1-2019/7/31
Project Cost Total$395,828*
JF Grant Total$190,543*
OutlineThe goal of this project is to develop Japanese Studies courses, research, and outreach at Syracuse University. The grant supports the establishment of a tenure-track faculty position, the creation of new courses in Japanese Studies, the development and fostering of connections with scholars and professionals in Japan, the expansion of study abroad options in Japan for Syracuse students, and library acquisitions.
ProjectsSearch for and hire of tenure-track Associate Professor (Japanese Literature, film, and culture)
Hosting visiting scholars/professionals from Japan
Lectures and conferences on campus
Study abroad expansion
Grantee Wesleyan University
Project TitleRenewing Undergraduate Japanese Studies for the 21st Century
Grant Period2015/7/1-2019/6/30
Project Cost Total$721,989*
JF Grant Total$212,126*
OutlineThis grant supports the hiring of a new tenure-track faculty position in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Language, and also provides funding for the acquisition of Japanese Language Digital resources.
ProjectsSearch and hire of new tenure track faculty (Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Language)
Digital resource acquisition


* 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.