Japanese Studies Overseas and Intellectual Exchange

Aiming at the efficient promotion of Japanese Studies and intellectual exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, the Japan Foundation offers fellowships for Japanese studies scholars overseas and grant programs for collaborative research and dialogue projects carried out to contribute to solving the problems confronting the world.

*If the Japanese Studies Institutions or Associations of Japanese Studies overseas wish to receive support from the Japan Foundation, please consult with the relevant Japan Foundation overseas offices or nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan .

Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) offers grant programs for U.S. and Japanese institutions to conduct policy-oriented projects with the aim of promoting collaboration between Japan and the United States to fulfill shared responsibilities and contribute to improvements of the world's welfare. CGP also supports projects that promote the understanding of Japan and networking.

1 Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program

This program provides preeminent foreign scholars and researchers in the field of Japanese Studies with opportunities to conduct research in Japan with the aim of supporting them and promoting Japanese, Studies overseas.

Last updated October 8, 2015

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
(November 2, 2015 for the U.S. applicants. Please refer to "Applicants from the United States" below.)
Application Form RJS-FW
Application Instruction / Application Form

Applicants from the United States

In the U.S., individuals who fall into any of the following three categories can apply for the Japanese Studies Fellowship Program. Applicants must submit applications on-line via the website of The Japan Foundation, New York , by no later than November 2, 2015:

  1. a)U.S. citizens who reside within the U.S.
  2. b)U.S. citizens who reside outside of the U.S. and who do not have permanent-resident status in their country of domicile; and
  3. c)citizens of any country who reside in the U.S. and hold U.S. permanent-resident status.

2 Grant Program for Intellectual Exchange Conferences

This program is designed to strengthen intellectual exchange between Japan and other countries and to fortify Japan's intellectual contribution in the world by supporting dialogue on regionally or globally shared issues as well as on key global priorities.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
*Except Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myammar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand,Vietnam and U.S.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
Application Form RIE-RC
Application Instruction / Application Form

3 Grant program for International Exchange by Youth and Community Leaders

This program supports projects by local community groups and youth groups that contribute to revitalizing local communities or lead to develop next generation human resources at the grass-roots level through international collaborative activities.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015 and May 2, 2016
Application Form RIE-YE
Application Instruction / Application Form Application in Japanese

4 The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership

(1) CGP Grant Program

CGP Supports part of the expenses of a wide range of policy-oriented projects jointly conducted by Japanese institutions including non-profit organizations, universities, and think-tanks with U.S. counterparts. These projects explore contemporary issues of global concern or issues common to the U.S. and Japan through dialogue and joint research.
This program supports non-profit organizations in either the U.S. or Japan. Projects should fulfill at least one of the following goals: to strengthen U.S.-Japan networks; to explore solutions to global and/or bilateral issues through dialogue; to foster understanding of Japan in the U.S..

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan / U.S.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2015
*Prior to a full proposal, CGP requires the submission of concept papers no later than Oct. 15, 2015
Application Instruction / Application Form CGP Grant Program Guidelines (PDF:673KB)are available online. Further details can be obtained from either the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership’s Tokyo or New York office .
English website

(2) Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI)

This program is aims to promote understanding and awareness of Japan in regions of the United States with relatively few Japan-related activities and opportunities for exchange, and to nurture new leaders in the field of grass-roots exchange through dispatching Japanese outreach coordinators.

Last updated September 16, 2015

Eligibility Area Japan / Overseas*
*Japanese nationals from Japan and overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline January 6, 2016
*To The Laurasian Institution (Tokyo Office)
Application Instruction / Application Form

JOI program is administered jointly by CGP and The Laurasian Institution (TLI) . All applications and inquiries should be addressed to TLI. For further details, please contact:

The Laurasian Institution (Tokyo Office):
5-5-17 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-0064 Japan
TEL:03-3712-6176 , FAX:03-3712-8975

The Laurasian Institution (Seattle Office):
12345 Lake City Way NE, #151
Seattle, WA 98125
TEL: 206-367-2152  Fax: 206-367-2193

  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.
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  1. (1)Applicants from outside Japan:
    Applicants 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.
  2. (2)Applicants from within Japan:
    Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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