December 2, 2019.



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Grant Program for Japanese Studies Projects – Japan foundation

This program is designed to promote Japanese studies overseas by providing grants toward various Japanese studies projects implemented by overseas organizations.

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It must be impossible or difficult for the applicants to achieve the purpose of the projects without funding from the Japan Foundation.
The plan and method of implementation must be appropriate and there must be ample expectations that they will yield good results.

Eligible Projects:

Projects must fall into any of the following four categories:

  • Research or conference on Japan; study or training in Japan; or publication that promotes and contributes to the development of Japanese studies.
  • Inviting scholars or researchers from Japan or third countries to deliver lectures on Japan.
  • Purchase of books and materials on Japanese studies.
  • Other relevant projects which would further promote and expand the horizon of Japanese studies.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Japanese study

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Projects must be implemented and completed between April 1, 2020 and March31,2021.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Non-profit organizations (e.g., academic institutions from university level upwards or research institutions), except those in Japan and the United States of America, are eligible to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Applicants must have the appropriate capacity necessary for implementing the planned projects.

2. The receipt of grants or support from the Japan Foundation must not violate any local laws, regulations, or     ordinances.

  • The Japan Foundation does not provide funding for:

1. Foreign governments (including their administrative organs, embassies, and consulates-general, but excluding educational, cultural, or research institutes, such as universities or museums).
2. International organizations that Japanese national government organs contribute to.
3. Organizations based in countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Japan.
4. Japanese national government organs, local governments, incorporated administrative agencies, and local incorporated administrative agencies as well as organizations, institutions, and facilities attached to or established by them (excluding organizations with their legal personalities, such as incorporated associations or incorporated foundations).

Selection Policy:

  • Applications will be selected by comprehensively assessing the projects, including its contents, viability, relevance, efficiency, etc. The Japan Foundation also takes into account the regional and national distribution of its funding and appropriates the distribution if need be.
  • Lower priority is given to:

1. Projects wherein the total cost is sought exclusively from the Japan Foundation.

2. Projects based on existing partnerships, such as agreements between organizations and sister institution relationships.

  • A proposed project shall not be awarded multiple Japan Foundation grants.

Projects in the field of natural sciences, commercial activities, arts and cultural activities, activities in support of specific doctrines or claims, and so forth are not eligible for this program.

Opportunity Cost

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Part of the following expenses incurred and paid between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021:

  • Travel expenses (for international and domestic flights and other transportation, accommodation, per diem, etc.).
  • Honoraria (for lecturers, interpreters, assistants, collaborators, etc.).
  • Meeting expenses (for preparing materials, venues, equipment, public relations, etc.).
  • Other expenses (for purchasing materials, etc.).

The following elements are not supported by the Japan Foundation:

  • Indirect costs.
  • Overheads of the administrative body of the institution (as well as salary for administrative staff).
  • Costs to purchase goods that may remain for a long time.
  • Costs to acquire real estate and/or construction fees.
  • Rental fees for facilities that would be used for long term.

Points to be noted

  • Research activities conducted by a single person are not supported under this program.
  • The grant amount will be decided upon consideration of each project’s scale and necessity. Grants made in the past years averaged around 900,000 Japanese yen, but the actual grant amount may be lower or higher than this amount. If requesting a much larger sum than this approximate average, the applicant should be prepared for two eventualities: (a) the project may be rejected since it is deemed to be beyond the resources the Japan Foundation has to support; or (b) the project may be supported but at a much lower level than requested.

How to Apply

First Step: Download the application from here

Second Step: Applications should be submitted to the Japan Foundation overseas office or the Japanese diplomatic mission in the applicant’s country.

  • The Japan Foundation Overseas Offices from here.
  • Japanese Diplomatic Missions from here.


  • An application must include the following forms and documents, and should be arranged in the order specified below:
  1. Application Summary Form (use designated Form).
  2. Project Budget Form (use designated Form).
  3. Narrative Description of the Project.
  4. Supplementary Information.

The format of the above-mentioned Forms can be obtained from here

  • Applicants should submit two sets of application (one original and one hardcopy), each of which should include all the necessary forms and documents specified above. Applications should not be bound. An application with inadequate documentation or that lacks one or more of the required documents will be considered incomplete, and therefore ineligible for consideration.
  • When requesting fund for multiple projects (e.g., a conference and library support), applicants are required to complete all mandatory application components for each project, and submit two or more applications separately.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Nedaa Megahed/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Amina Hamed / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team