Program Guidelines

The Japan Foundation invites individuals and organizations that are planning international exchange projects and activities to participate in programs of the Japan Foundation.

About the Applicable Programs

The Japan Foundation carries out its programs and activities in the three major areas of Art and Cultural Exchange, Japanese-Language Education Overseas, Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange, as well as Strengthening the Cultural Exchange in Asia. Successful applicants are provided with grants, research scholarships, Japanese-language training programs, and other forms of support.

Please read the General Instructions thoroughly, and then go to the Program List, organized by categories and objectives, for general information of each program.

Program List

If you find in the Program Guidelines a program that matches the project that you or your organization are planning, please obtain the respective application instructions and application forms. Complete the forms and submit your application to the specified office.
The Japan Foundation screens the applications and provides support to successful applicants.

PDF booklet for download

The Japan Foundation Program Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2017 (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018) outline the full array of the Japan Foundation's applicable programs.

Inquiries and FAQ

Applicants from outside Japan should contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices.When there is no regional office in the applicant's country of residence, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.

Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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