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Grants to USA IHEs for the Expansion
of Japanese Studies Programs

Institutional Project Support (IPS) Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Japan Foundation, New York (JFNY)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 Receipt


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Grants to USA institutions of higher education for the expansion of Japanese Studies programs. Funding may be used for faculty support, student support, educational materials and resources, travel expenses, and expenses related to conferences and seminars. The purpose of the program is to encourage innovation and growth in the field of Japanese Studies.

Small institutions, newly established institutions, and institutions without an established program of
Japanese Studies at the graduate level are also highly encouraged to apply. 

Grant coverage:

  • Full-time or part-time faculty, instructor, or staff salaries and benefits
  • Travel expenses, including per diem and accommodation expenses for scholars, lecturers, and
  • Honoraria for lectures
  • Visiting scholar support
  • Graduate and undergraduate support
  • Research and teaching materials
  • Conference and seminar related expenses
  • Library and digital resource support

Japanese language-related components may be supported if they are part of a more comprehensive Japanese studies project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162189

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of the grant request from the Japan Foundation is $150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects must commence between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 and its duration can be up to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Only submissions from U.S. institutions and organizations with 501(c)(3)status will be accepted.
- In principal, institutions that have received IPS support for three consecutive years, ending in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, are not eligible to apply to this IPS round. Current IPS grantees who will receive JF funds between April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023 may not apply.
- Multiple applications from one institution will not be accepted.
- Applicants for this program are not eligible to apply to the IPS Small Grant program and the Case Studies Japan program for fiscal 2021-2022.
- Projects must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for application:
- They must not be used for political, religious, social welfare, or commercial activities.
- They must not be activities in support of specific doctrines or claims.

The aim of the project must be to promote Japanese Studies. The following proposals are not eligible:
- Projects in the field of medicine, manual training or natural sciences
- Organization of or participation in sporting events and training
- Projects in the field of art (art-related projects such as exhibitions, film series, etc. that form a portion of a larger, comprehensive Japanese Studies project may be funded)
- Goodwill exchanges
- Social welfare or international development projects
- Tourist-oriented programs

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials must arrive at the JFNY office no later than Tuesday, December 1, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of the results of the screening in April 2022 through JFNY.

JF contributions are limited to up to half of the total cost for the appointee's salary and social welfare expenses during the grant period. Applicants may propose to have the new appointee’s salary matched at 50% by JF for each year of the three years of salary support, or at a declining JF match (such as 75% - 50% - 25%) over the three years, as long as the JF support for the salary portion does not exceed 75% in any year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to:

Or mail applications to:

The Japan Foundation, New York
Attn: Japanese Studies Division
1700 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019

For further inquiries, please contact the email address listed above or (212) 489-0299

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