JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies


Grant typePost-paid grant
Proposal deadline Rolling (must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the start date of the project)
Funding opportunityInstitutional funding for U.S.-based institutions/organizations with 501(c)(3) status

This grant aims to support projects that will enhance further understanding of Japan through academic exploration (there is a separate JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture). Such projects generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures within the United States. Successful projects are awarded up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.
*Please note, there is a separate JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by JFNY at least 3 months prior to the beginning date of the project.

Grantee Highlights

Grant Coverage

  1. Honoraria for speakers, participants, etc.
  2. Domestic/international travel expenses for speakers, participants, etc.
  3. Accommodation expenses (including per diem) for speakers, participants, etc.
  4. Research materials
  5. Printing costs of programs, leaflets, catalogs
  6. Rental fees for venues and equipment
    (Note: The Japan Foundation cannot cover rental fees for facilities within the applying institution.)

Applicants should clearly indicate the items they wish to be covered by JFNY Grant funds in the budget proposal.

Please note: The applicant should cover costs for any receptions, if applicable. The grant will be paid in the form of a reimbursement for preceding expenses, and the award money will be remitted upon receipt of the final report and the appropriate proofs of payments.


  1. Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3) status will be accepted.
  2. The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies.

JFNY will not consider proposals from or for the following:

  1. Individuals and for-profit entities
  2. Projects that have already received funding through other Japan Foundation grants in the current fiscal year
  3. In principle, organizations that have received a JFNY Grant for Japanese Studies for three consecutive years, ending in the 2021-2022 fiscal year
  4. Japanese-language education programs. Please contact the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles for Japanese-language education programs.
  5. Martial arts, medical, technical, or scientific projects
  6. Projects that include political activities, religious activities, social welfare activities, and commercial activities
  7. Study tours and research trips to Japan

Due to ongoing safety concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Japan Foundation currently is not supporting projects that include travel between the U.S. and Japan. The Japan Foundation will consider supporting such projects when the U.S. infectious disease risk level is 2 or lower as classified by the Japanese government (classifications in English here). Please find additional information and the world map with designations, in Japanese, here. Note, the dark purple areas designate level 3 classification and include the United States.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed upon:

  1. The scholarly and professional quality of the proposal
  2. The contribution that the proposal promises to make in enhancing the knowledge, understanding, or appreciation of Japanese Studies within the United States and beyond

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Budget Proposal
  3. Proof of 501(c)(3) status
  4. CVs of project organizers
  5. List of public and/or private grants received as an organization

Other relevant items may be included.

Please submit your application to Japanese_studies@jfny.org or to the address below.

Attn: Japanese Studies Section – JFNY Grant Application
The Japan Foundation, New York
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

For Accepted Projects

Successful applicants must submit a final report, due one month after the completion of the project, along with the appropriate proofs of payment.

For further inquiries, please contact: Japanese_studies@jfny.org or (212) 489-0299