The Japan Foundation Summer Institute in Japan 2018

1. Purpose

This Summer Institute aims to provide opportunities for young researchers and graduate students to improve their research methods and abilities and build a trilateral network of researchers between the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan.(Program Flyer (PDF:8.64MB)

Photo of participants of Summer Institute 2017
Participants of Summer Institute 2017
Photo Kenichi Aikawa

2. General Information

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

Dates Saturday, July 21, 2018 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Locations Tokyo and Hayama-machi in Kanagawa Prefecture (Shonan Village Center)
Schedule Please refer to a sample schedule (PDF:27KB)
*Please be aware the actual schedule may differ from this sample schedule.
Main Contents
  1. (1)Presentation/discussion among participants in multi-national and multi-disciplinary groups, as well as comments by lecturers
  2. (2)Lectures/workshops provided by lecturers
    Note: The Summer Institute will be conducted in English in principle.
Lecturers Academics from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in humanities and social sciences
Participants Approximately 24 researchers from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan.
Optional tour Those interested will be able to participate in an optional tour.
  1. (1)Dates: Wednesday, July 25 to Friday, July 27
  2. (2)Location: To be determined. (Previous destinations include Kyoto, Fukushima and Miyagi).
  • Photo of discussion on a presentation
  • Photo of conversations between participants

Scenes from discussion on a presentation, and conversations between participants (Left to Right)
Photo Kenichi Aikawa

3. Application Instructions

Eligibility Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. (1)Applicants must be graduate students or relatively junior scholars affiliated with institutions of higher education or research institutions in the U.S., 10 ASEAN countries, or Japan; Postdoctoral researchers are also eligible to apply.
  2. (2)Graduate students or scholars who are conducting research related to Japan in the humanities or social sciences.
  3. (3)Applicants must be able to attend lectures and discussions in English; preferences are made to those who understand Japanese as well.
  4. (4)Applicant must be able to attend the entire program except the optional tour.
  5. (5)Applicant must be in good health.
Application Procedure Please submit the following documents to the Japan Foundation by email
(Contact info is below).
  1. (1)Application Form (Word:72KB)
  2. (2)Statement of Purpose (up to 2 pages)
  3. (3)Photograph ID (electronic file)
Deadline 9:30 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) , Monday, May 7, 2018
Notes Application form and attached documents must be completed in English.
Result Notification Results will be announced by Friday, June 8, 2018.
  • Photo of the optional tour 1
  • Photo of the optional tour 2

Scenes from the optional tour to one of the affected areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture

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 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 essential and daily per diem allowance according to the number of days of travel.

For participants from Japan

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

5. Obligations of Participants

  1. (1)Throughout the period of the Summer Institute, participants must stay in the designated institution, and actively participate in the programs offered.
  2. (2)Participants must submit questionnaires within 1 week after the Summer Institute ends.
  3. (3)Participants must submit final reports within 1 month after the Summer Institute ends.

6. Other Notes

  1. (1)Participants may share a guest room with another/other participant(s) during the institute and/or the optional tour. Room assignments will be made by the Japan Foundation.
  2. (2)No interpreters or guides will be provided during the Summer Institute.
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[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Americas Section
Japanese Studies and Global Partnerships Programs Department
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