Strengthening Cultural Exchange in Asia

The Japan Foundation Asia Center aims to foster awareness of empathy and coexistence as neighbors who live together among the residents of Asia through exchange and collaboration. To that end, it implements projects in diverse fields, such as arts and culture, sports, Japanese-language education and academic exchange.

1 (1) "NIHONGO Partners" Program

This program dispatches “NIHONGO Partners” to secondary educational institutions etc. in Asia, mainly 10 ASEAN countries in order to support the local Japanese language teachers and students.
The “NIHONGO Partners” will support not only the educational activities of the local Japanese teachers but also aim to spread the charms of the Japanese language and cultures through their learning support and cultural activities inside and outside the classroom.

Program outline (PDF:82KB)

Last updated September 10, 2018

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Individual
Application Instruction /
Application Form
  1. (1)Once the details are available, the application instructions and application forms will be available on the Japan Foundation Asia Center's website .(in Japanese).
  2. (2)Please note that the dispatch areas and duration of dispatch are tentative and subject to change.

1 (2) NIHONGO Partners in collaboration with Japanese Universities

This Program dispatches student interns as NIHONGO Partners in collaboration with Japanese universities to support local Japanese language teachers and students at institutions of higher education in Asia, mainly in 10 ASEAN countries.
Interns will support not only the educational activities of the local Japanese language teachers and students but also aim to deepen communications and understandings between locals and Japanese.

Program outline (PDF:117KB)

Last updated September 10, 2018

Eligibility Area Japan*
Applicant Organization*
*Japanese universities, graduate schools or junior colleges, which have Japanese language teacher training courses
Application Deadline December 3, 2018
Application Form AC-IP
Application Instruction /
Application Form

2. Grant Program for Enhancing People-to-People Exchange

This program is designed to expand the bases for exchange and to promote understanding and friendship among the people in Japan and other Asian countries, particularly ASEAN countries. Grants will be provided to successful exchange projects at grassroots and regional levels.

Program outline (PDF:101KB)

Last updated September 10, 2018

Eligibility Area Japan*
*Grant programs are offered by the Japan Foundation's overseas offices in ASEAN countries. Please contact our offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam for more information.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline 1st Round: No later than December 3, 2018 for projects that take place between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
2nd Round: No later than June 3, 2019 for projects that take place between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Application Form AC-PP
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Reference For FAQs and lists of grant awardees*, please also see Asia Center's Website.
*In Japanese language only

3. Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration

This program is designed to generate new cultures together within Asia. Grants are provided to successful collaborative projects conducted by organizations and professionals in Japan and ASEAN countries.

Program outline (PDF:101KB)

Last updated September 10, 2018

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
Applicant Organization*
*Applicants must be organizations based in ASEAN countries or Japan.
Application Deadline 1st Round: Applications must arrive no later than December 3, 2018 for projects starting between April 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.
2nd Round: Applications must arrive no later than June 3, 2019 for projects starting between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Application Form AC-CC
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Reference For FAQs and lists of grant awardees, please also see Asia Center's Website.

4. The Asia Center Fellowship Program

This fellowship program is designed to encourage joint or cooperative projects that cross national cultural borders among individuals in a wide variety of fields. The fellowships will be offered to successful individuals who plan to pursue their research and activities outside their home countries, and who seek to develop further in their field(s).

Program outline (PDF:99KB)

Last updated September 10, 2018

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
Applicant Individual*
*Applicants must be a resident of ASEAN countries or Japan, and hold a nationality, citizenship, or permanent residency of ASEAN countries or of Japan.
Application Deadline 1st round: No later than December 3, 2018 for projects that start between June 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019.
2nd round: No later than June 3, 2018 for projects that start between December 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020.
Application Form AC-FS
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Reference For FAQs and a list of Fellows, please also see Asia Center's Website.
  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.
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