The Japan Foundation Summer Institute in Japan 2017

1. Purpose

This Summer Institute is aimed to provide opportunities for young researchers and graduate students to improve their research methods and abilities, and build a trilateral network among researchers from Japan, the U.S., and Southeast Asia.

  • Photo: The participants of Summer Institute 2016
    The participants of Summer Institute 2016
    Photo Mitsunori Oshikawa
  • Photo: At the presentation
    At the presentation
    Photo Mitsunori Oshikawa

2. Outline

The Summer Institute will be held as below. Further details of the schedule and optional tour will be provided to successful applicants upon selection.

Dates Thursday, July 6 – Monday, July 10, 2017
Locations Tokyo and Hayama-machi in Kanagawa Prefecture (Shonan Village Center)
Schedule Please refer to the model schedule (PDF:13KB)
Participants Approximately 24 researchers from Japan, the U.S., and 10 ASEAN countries in Southeast Asia
Optional tour Those who are interested can participate in an observation tour.
  1. (1)Dates: Tuesday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 12, 2017
  2. (2)Places to visit: Under consideration. To be selected from places including affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Photo: The participants of Summer Institute 2016
    Enjoying conversation at the farewell party
    Photo Mitsunori Oshikawa
  • Photo: At the presentation
    The optional tour in Fukushima
    Photo Christy Bahr

3. Application Instructions

Eligibilities Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. (1)An applicant must be a graduate student or a scholar in the field of Japanese Studies affiliated with an institution of higher education or research institution in Japan, the U.S., or one of 10 ASEAN countries in Southeast Asia. Postdoctoral researchers are also eligible to apply.
  2. (2)An applicant must be able to attend lectures and discussions in English; preferences are made to those who also speak Japanese.
  3. (3)An applicant must be able to attend the entire program except the optional tour.
  4. (4)An applicant must be in good health.
Application Procedure Please submit the following documents to the Japan Foundation by email
(to the address written below).
  1. (1)Application Form (Word:97KB)
  2. (2)Statement of Purpose (up to 2 pages)
  3. (3)ID photograph (electronic file)
Deadline Sunday, April 30, 2017
Note Application form and attached documents must be written in English and Japanese (where applicable).
Result Notification Results will be announced by the end of May 2017.

4. Benefits

The Japan Foundation will cover the costs detailed below during the program.
All other costs must be covered by the participants themselves.

For all participants

  1. (1)Transportation, accommodation, and meals during the program in Tokyo and Hayama.
  2. (2)Teaching materials and equipment necessary for the program.
  3. (3)Transportation, accommodation, and meals during the optional tour will be covered for the participants attending the tour.

For participants from overseas

  1. (1)Round-trip tickets for a fixed, direct international flight to Japan (economy class). Tickets will be purchased by the Japan Foundation.
  2. (2)International travel insurance.
  3. (3)Visa application fee and other travel costs that the Japan Foundation considers to be essential and daily allowance according to the number of days of travel.

For participants from Japan

  1. (1)Round-trip transportation tickets between the nearest railway station and Tokyo. Tickets will be purchased by the Japan Foundation.
  2. (2)Other travel costs that the Japan Foundation considers to be essential and daily allowance according to the number of days of travel.

5. Notes

  1. (1)Throughout the period of the Summer Institute, participants need to stay in the designated accommodation, and participate in the programs offered.
  2. (2)No interpreters, guides will be provided during the Summer Institute.
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[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Planning and Coordination / Americas Section
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Department
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6069 / Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6041
E-mail: summer_institute@jpf.go.jp
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