2 December, 2019.



(Fully Funded)


Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship Program – Scholars and Researchers (Long-Term)

This fellowship aims to encourage a greater understanding of Japan through supporting and promoting Japanese studies overseas. The Japan Foundation promotes dialogue about international common issues and develops human resources who play key roles in future dialogue and exchange initiatives.

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This program is for scholars and researchers who have a PhD degree or equivalent professional experience at the time of application, and are conducting research related to Japan (comparative research included) with methods in the humanities and social sciences.

Selection criteria:

  • The purpose and goal of research should be clear, and the goal should be achievable during the proposed term of Fellowship.
  • Research in Japan should be essential to the project.
  • The project should be planned in a concrete and practical framework and the proposed term of Fellowship should be of an appropriate length that enables the achievement of the project goal.
  • Applicants should hold notable achievements in their respective fields. The proposed project should be consistent with these achievements and should potentially make future contributions to the field.
  • Applicants should potentially contribute to their research fields and beyond, through network-building and academic presentations, after returning from Japan.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Humanities.
  • social sciences.

Required Languages

English or Japanese .

Eligible Countries


Program Period

2-12 months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants must hold nationality or lawful permanent resident status in countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan.
  • Applicants must secure all affiliation arrangements by the application.
  • Applicants must be in good health and proficient in either Japanese or English.
  • Applicants must be able to stay continuously in Japan for the term of Fellowship.
  • Previous recipients of Japan Foundation Fellowships (not only the Japanese Studies Fellowships but also all the other Fellowships of the Japan Foundation) are eligible to reapply only if, on April 1, 2020, a full three years have elapsed since the termination of their most recent Fellowship.

Individuals that are not eligible to apply:

  •  Applicants in the natural sciences, medicine, or engineering.
  • Undergraduates; Master’s degree candidates; those intending to enrol in undergraduate or Master’s courses at universities in Japan; or graduates who are to pursue PhD courses in Japan.
  • Those who intend to use the Fellowship program for political or religious purposes.
  • Those who primarily intend to enhance Japanese-language ability or technical skills.
  • Those who intend to develop and/or produce Japanese-language teaching materials.
  • Those who intend to acquire artistic training in the area of Japanese traditional culture (tea ceremony, flower arrangement, etc.).
  • Those who plan to receive other grants concurrently with the Fellowship.
  • Those who have been in Japan continuously for more than a year dating back from April 1, 2020.
  • Those who apply for any other grant program of the Japan Foundation.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

This fellowship covers:

  • Airfare: Round-trip discount economy-class airfare (the most direct route) (Note: Grantees already in Japan before the commencement of the Fellowship will receive only a one-way ticket for their return flight.).
  • Settling-in Allowance: JPY 250,000 (In principle, grantees already in Japan before the commencement of the Fellowship are not eligible for this allowance.)
  • Departure Allowance: JPY 50,000.
  • Insurance: Overseas traveller’s insurance policy.
  • Monthly Stipend (covering living and research expenses): JPY 400,000.
  • Monthly Dependent Allowance: JPY 50,000 (This allowance will be provided to Fellows whose dependents (spouse and children of age 18 or under only) will reside in Japan continuously for six months or more.)
  • Monthly Enrollment Fees: Actual amount, up to JPY 50,000.

How to Apply

First Step: Download the application from here.

Second Step: After filling the application you can send it via e-mail to this address: or via mail to The nearest Japan Foundation overseas office or the Japanese diplomatic mission in your country, submit two copies of applications (one original and one photocopy) to the appropriate office. 

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Application Form: Applicants should fill out all required sections, sign their name, and submit to the appropriate office depending on their residing country/area.
  • Two Reference Forms: First, applicants should fill in the upper box of the Form. Then each Referee/Recommender should fill out all the other required sections, sign their name, and submit directly to the Japan Foundation Headquarters in Tokyo.
  • Letter of Affiliation Form (either English version or Japanese version): First, applicants should fill in the upper box of the Form. Then each Advisor/Research Associate should fill out all the other required sections, sign their name, and submit directly to the Japan Foundation Headquarters in Tokyo.

Points to be Noted:

  • Applications and attached materials, including reference/recommendation letters, will not be returned.
  • Multiple applications from the same applicant will make all applications invalid.
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This Scholarship Published by:
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