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 and supports projects in diverse fields, such as art and culture, sports, Japanese-language education and academic exchange.

1. "NIHONGO Partners" Program

This program dispatches "NIHONGO Partners" to secondary educational institutions mainly in 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:65KB)

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Individual
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Once the details are available, the application instructions and application forms will be available on Japan Foundation Asia Center's website.(in Japanese)

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 of Asia. Grants will be provided to cover a portion of the expenses incurred for implementing exchange projects at grassroots or regional levels.

Program outline (PDF:72KB)

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan
*Grants programs offered by the Japan Foundation's overseas offices are available for applicants from ASEAN countries. Please contact the Japan Foundation’s offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for more information.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline 1st Round : No later than December 1, 2016 for projects that take place between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
2nd Round : No later than June 1, 2017 for projects that take place between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
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 foster awareness of empathy and coexistence among the people of Asia, including Japan, through collaboration. Grants are provided to cover a portion of the expenses incurred by organizations (and its individual collaborators) specializing in the fields of arts and culture, sports, or intellectual exchange in Asia that plan to conduct collaborative projects and to disseminate their achievements to a wider audience.

Program outline (PDF:52KB)

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
*Applicants must be located in one of the 10 ASEAN countries.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline 1st Round: Applications must arrive no later than December 1 . 2016 for projects starting between April 1. 2017 and September 30. 2017.
2nd Round: Applications must arrive no later than June 1. 2017 for projects starting between October 1. 2017 and March 31. 2018.
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 enhance joint or cooperative projects in a wide variety of fields including arts and culture, sports, academic studies, and intellectual exchange in the Asian regions. The fellowships will be provided to successful individuals who plan to carry out research and form networks/platforms in their field(s) of expertise outside their home countries.

Program outline (PDF:59KB)

Last updated October 7, 2016

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
*in 10 ASEAN countries only
Applicant Individual*
*Individuals who are nationals, citizens, or permanent residents of Japan or 10 ASEAN countries
Application Deadline 1st Round: No later than December 1, 2016 for projects starting between June 1 and November 30, 2017.
2nd Round: No later than June 1, 2017 for projects starting between December 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.
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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