Grants information

This list of Japan-related grants and fellowships is in chronological order of deadline and updated every month. 

For comprehensive information on Japan-related grants, ANU scholars can search Research Professional.


Tanaka Junior Research Fellowship in Japanese Studies - Pembroke College, Oxford

Closing date: 6 Feb 2017

Pembroke College wishes to appoint a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in Japanese Studies of any area, discipline or period. Whilst the field of study is open, candidates are expected to be able to conduct research using Japanese sources. The appointment will be from 1 September 2017 for three years.

The Tanaka JRF in Japanese will be expected to conduct original research in their chosen field and to contribute to the development of Japanese studies at Pembroke College. Optionally, and by agreement with the Fellow in Japanese, they may provide undergraduate teaching, participate in admissions and supervise undergraduate dissertations. The JRF will also be expected to engage with the community of scholars and students in Japanese across the University and will assist with the organization of the Tanaka Lecture Series/Tanaka Symposium in Japanese studies.

Applicants should either have completed their PhD or be close to completion (and will need to have submitted their doctorate before taking up the Fellowship) and preference will be given to applicants who have not already held a postdoctoral Fellowship, JRF or tenured academic post. Selection criteria will be based on the candidate’s overall academic record, quality and achievement of research, research plans, academic fit with the College Fellowship and suitability for an academic career.

Applications should be submitted by email to by midday on Monday 6 February 2017 and should include:

  • A letter of application explaining why you wish to be considered for this position;
  • A curriculum vitae setting out details of your higher education, research and any publications to date;
  • A 1,000 word research proposal; and
  • The names, positions, postal addresses and email addresses of three academic referees. The referees will only be contacted to request a reference if your application is shortlisted.

The Further Particulars for this post are available from the college website: 

This is a College vacancy and the terms and conditions of the post are available at: The University Terms and Conditions shown elsewhere on this site do not apply to this post.

The stipend for the role is £22,800 per annum and a housing allowance of £7,200 per annum is also payable. College accommodation may be provided in lieu of the housing allowance, subject to availability. Benefits include a research allowance of £1,545 per annum (at the discretion of the College) and all lunches and dinners when the College kitchens are open. N.B. The stipend and allowances are based in 2016-17 rates and may be revised for 2017-18 and subsequent years.


Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies PhD Fellowship

Closing date: 15 Mar 2017

PhD fellowships of three-year duration for research on Japan are once again available at the Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies. Moreover, we provide the opportunity for academic affiliations with one of our three Japanese HeKKSaGOn-Partneruniversities (Kyoto University, Tohoku University and Osaka University) to conduct library research and fieldwork in Japan. We also have a formal double degree PhD agreement with Tohoku University.

The Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University welcomes applications for up to six doctoral scholarships beginning in the winter semester 2017/18.

The three-year programme offers a monthly scholarship of 1.200 Euro. It further supports its members in framing their research through advanced courses as well as individual supervision and mentoring. Half of the scholarships are reserved for young scholars from Asia.

Applicants are expected to propose a doctoral project with a strong affiliation to one of the four research areas of the Cluster (Governance & Administration, Public Spheres, Knowledge Systems, Historicities & Heritage). They must hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities or social sciences with an above-average grade and provide proof of advanced language skills in English. Applications, including a CV, a letter of intention, a project proposal, a schedule for the dissertation, and two letters of recommendation are submitted through an Online Application System.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.

After an initial evaluation and selection, applicants will be asked to get in contact with possible supervisors at the Cluster of Excellence to discuss their project proposal. The most promising applicants will be invited to present their projects to the selection committee around the end of May. Subsequently the scholarship holders will be selected.


For more information about the Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies and the application process, see If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email the cluster at<>. 



Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship

Who may apply: ANU academics who possess sufficient Japanese language proficiency to be able to conduct research in Japanese; non-Japanese national residing outside of Japan or Japanese national who has resided outside of Japan for 10 years or more and been active in the academic community of the country of their residence; able to stay continuously in Japan for the duration of the Fellowship period.

Area of research: Japanese language, Japanese language education, Japanese literature or Japanese culture  Funding amounts: airfares, living and research expenses, housing and other expenses necessary for conducting research in Japan covered; long-term (12-month) and short-term (6-month) fellowships are available 

Deadline: 31 October 2016

Special note: the Recommendation letter must be provided in Japanese



Hakuho Foundation

8th Fl., ATT New Tower, 2-11-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-5570-5008  Fax: +81-(0)3-5570-5016

Sasakawa Peace Foundation Grants

Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation invites applications for its grants. These offer support for projects addressing problems in the fields of international understanding, exchange, and cooperation. Priority areas are:

•efforts to ensure peace and security in the international community, including peace building and security issues, and non-traditional security issues;

•addressing positive and negative aspects of globalisation, including market and disparities issues, issues involving demographic changes and population movement, and issues at the interface between science and technology and society;

•promotion of mutual understanding between priority regions and Japan, including an exchange programme between Japan and US.

The foundation also has the following special funds: Pacific island nations fund; Japan-China friendship fund; Pan-Asia fund; Middle East Islam fund.

Non-profit organisations and voluntary organisations are eligible to apply for grants. Grants will not be awarded for purely theoretical research, to businesses, or to individuals. There is no upper limit for grants amount, but most awards have previously fallen between US$20,000 and US$100,000 over one to three years.

Application form:

General Affairs Department
Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Nippon Foundation Bldg, 4th floor
1-2-2 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8523

Matsumae International Foundation Fellowships

Closing date: 2 Sep 2016

The Matsumae International Foundation invites applications for its fellowships. Fellowships are tenable for three to six months and priority will be given to study in the fields of natural science, engineering and medicine.

Applicants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent qualifications, be under 49 years of age and have sufficient conversational ability in English or Japanese. They should not have been in Japan previously and are expected to return to their home country at the end of the fellowship. Applicants are expected to be in good health. Applications must be made in English.

Fellowships are intended to cover necessary living expenses and research activities in Japan. A monthly stipend of JPY200,000 will be granted, as well as travel and health insurance, a round-trip air ticket and a lump sum of JPY100,000 on arrival. 20 fellowships are available.

Application form:

Matsumae International Foundation
4-14-46 Kamiogi
Tokyo 167-0043

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - Short-term invitation fellowship programme for research in Japan

Closing date: 28 Apr 2017

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science invites applications for its short-term invitation fellowship programme for research in Japan. These allow researchers employed at Japanese research institutions to invite fellow researchers from other countries to Japan to participate in cooperative activities at their research institutions. All fields of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are eligible.

There are two types of fellowships:

•approximately 100 short-term invitation fellowships;

•two or three short-term S fellowships for Nobel laureates or recipients of other similarly high-level international prizes who are in a leading position in their subject field.

For short-term invitation fellowships, invited researchers must be university professors, associate or assistant professors, research associates or of equivalent status. Other researchers may be eligible if they have held a doctoral degree for a period of more than six years. They must be citizens of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan. Applications must be submitted to JSPS by a host scientist in Japan through the head of their university or institution or by an overseas nominating authority. Foreign scientists wishing to participate in this programme are advised to establish contact with a Japanese researcher in their field and to ask them to submit an application.

Fellowships are awarded for a period of 14 to 60 days and will include round-trip air travel, a daily maintenance allowance of ¥18,000, domestic research travel allowance of ¥150,000, and overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.

Short-term S fellowships for Nobel laureates or recipients of other similarly high-level international prizes are awarded for a period between seven and 30 days, and include air travel, an allowance of ¥42,00 per day, domestic research travel allowance of ¥150,000, and overseas travel accident and sickness insurance coverage.

The host will receive a cooperation allowance of ¥50,000.


Overseas Fellowship Division,
International Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

TEL+81-3-3263-2480, 9094

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