2015-2016 IPS Small Grant Program Awardees

Institution Project Title
Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisDeveloping International Partnerships with Japan: Global Opportunities for Health Related Majors
Mississippi State UniversityEstablishing a teaching and research capacity for Japanese studies at Mississippi State University
The Newark Public LibraryImpressions from the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collection
Spelman CollegeRevitalizing the Japan Studies Minor within the Asian Studies Program


Grantee Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Project TitleDeveloping International Partnerships with Japan: Global Opportunities for Health Related Majors
Grant Period2016/01/01-2016/08/31
Project Cost Total$39,030.11*
JF Grant Total$23,895.88*
OutlineThis grant supports a summer study abroad program in Japan for health care professionals. Students spend two weeks in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima visiting various hospitals and healthcare centers. Guest speakers with experience in the Japanese healthcare system are invited to educate participants. Indiana University’s goal is to establish long-term connections with Japanese universities.
Grantee Mississippi State University
Project TitleEstablishing a Teaching and Research Capacity for Japanese Studies at Mississippi State University
Grant Period2016/01/01-2016/12/31
Project Cost Total$18,194*
JF Grant Total$18,194*
OutlineThis grant supports the creation of a course on Japanese fashion and culture that aims to spread Japanese cultural awareness. The goal is for the course to become a regularly taught class at Mississippi State University.
Grantee The Newark Public Library
Project TitleImpressions from the Natural World: Japanese Prints from the Special Collection
Grant Period2016/01/01-2016/08/31
Project Cost Total$31,300*
JF Grant Total$15,056*
OutlineThis grant supports an exhibit of Japanese art from the Library’s Special Collections Division. The project includes a series of public lectures and workshops. There will be an illustrated catalogue and website created for the exhibition.
Grantee Spelman College
Project TitleRevitalizing the Japan Studies Minor within the Asian Studies Program
Grant Period2016/03/01-2016/02/28
Project Cost Total$13,709*
JF Grant Total$13,709*
OutlineThis grant supports the extension of Spelman’s course offerings in Japanese Studies by preparing faculty to teach two new or existing (but dormant) courses.. Faculty will attend conferences, conduct research in Japan, and engage in curriculum development.

* 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.